Wednesday, January 11, 2017

J. Press, New Haven, Looking Back

All photographs are original and from the archives.


Shown are a few photos of New Haven's J. Press, from their original York Street store, to their temporary locations (and Tony making a suit) to a 1961 brochure, found in the attic a few years back and scanned in.



























The site of their original building.


























12 comments:

  1. Any word when they are moving back to York Street?

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  2. MARVELOUS images and Winter 1961 catalogue reprints. I remember that very year, and how that same catalogue landed in our mail, how my father would comb it through, and phone in his order. I refuse to count the years!!!

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  3. Thank you very much. Especially for scanning in the catalogue.

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  4. If only we could still buy quality made clothing at those prices!

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    1. These days are long gone. What was standard quality once is now marketed as "premium". For premium prices certainly. Sad but true.

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    2. I couldn't agree more! It's so hard to find quality clothing. Too much "noise" surrounding less than superior brands.

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    3. The reality of American made garments are that they cost a lot of money to make. They have always been of "premium" quality and, now with global manufacturing, the contrast is just becoming much more apparent.

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  5. Heard they're reopening in NYC in the Yale Club building.

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  6. Oh, that catalogue! I agree with Alena, it is so hard to find quality clothing. cheers!

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  7. We were afraid to go into J Press. As 12 year olds we walzed without constraint or a care into and out of all the other New Haven haberdashers; Rosenbergs, Gentree, Saks, Gamer. And Barrie's. Barrie's loved the kids. And we lived Barrie's. If we were wearing their shoes, they shined them for us! But J Press, as soon as we walked in the door, "yes boys??" About face!

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  8. I think I paid $17.00 for my first Shaggy Dog in 1965. A lot of money back then when I was only working weekends at the car wash at $1.25 an hour. My need for need stuff is limited these days but I Press and LL Bean still serve me very nicely. Growing up in New Haven I have sorely missed the old classic stores Anon mentioned; although he forgot the old Yale Co_Op.

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  9. What a wonderful set of pictures! In particular, those of Tony Panico, who has been with J. Press New Haven since 1968 (if memory serves). For many, Tony represents the history, tradition, values and quality that J. Press represented.

    Tony still makes bespoke garments for some. This white flannel Blazer, is one of Tony's jackets:
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/d6/ff/81/d6ff81d0b741215b3a585648662ca809.jpg
    And it turned just as all of Tony's stuff turns out:
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/1f/f8/eb/1ff8eb4fbd24bf5e38a5f0894073d8d2.jpg

    Next year, God willing, Tony will have been at J. Press for fifty years!

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