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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Alternatives to J. Press

 A reader question:

What are your opinions or reviews of J. Press suits? Who are their best competitors offering similar alternatives?

 

23 comments:

  1. O’Connell’s out of Buffalo.

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  2. I have always liked J. Press suits. However, their prices have crept up. Also, especially on their sales, you need to scrutinize where things are made. They sent me a flannel blazer that was made in China. Although it is a nice enough blazer, I prefer to buy MiUSA, and had I known I would not have bought it.

    For the reader who wants traditional 3 roll 2 sack suits, I do not believe there is a better source than O'Connell's. I say this having worn J. Press suits for the period when Brooks abandoned the traditional approach in the late 1980s until I discovered O'Connell's about ten years ago.

    I have been pleased with the Southwick and H. Freeman suits from O'Connell's. I have not bought any house brand suits there, but I have been very happy with house brand odd jackets and trousers.

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  3. J. Press suits are cut too narrow for me; i have not tried their made-to-measure or custom, though, which may be worth considering with Brooks Brothers teetering.

    My favorite suits are Oxxford and Ermenogildo Zegna. I don’t consider them to really compete with J. Press due to their much higher price.

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  4. I am a longtime Squeeze customer but cannot wear their trousers -- they are quite snug in the legs. The last time I bought a suit there I had to convince the salesman to give me the trousers from a larger suit, which I then, in turn, had taken in at the waist. Admittedly that was ages ago. I haven't bought a suit in probably 10 years. Until fairly recently Brooks had a "made to order" program where you could still get suits with the old fashioned 3/2 sack jackets and choose from a wide range of fabrics. No more.

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  5. Still J.Press for me! Thank you!

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  6. The Andover Shop in Cambridge and Andover, MA.

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    1. JPress and The Andover Shop both use Southwick to manufacture their suits. O'Connell's Clothing also stocks Southwick and Hickey Freeman. I don't know who makes their own label sack suits but they are fully canvassed and made in the USA.

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  7. Almost all my suits are J. Press, although I recently bought an O'Connell's tan poplin because Press didn't have them in my size.

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  8. I have bought one suit in the last 25 years so my opinion isn’t that of an expert. I bought it from Cordings and I am very pleased with it. Single vent, 3 buttons and suitable for a large fellow.

    David J Cooper

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  9. Since J. Press is a Japanese company,
    it’s no surprise that their jackets and trousers
    are too tight.
    O’Connell’s is the place to go for traditional clothing.

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    1. Frederick J JohnsonAugust 5, 2021 at 12:39 PM

      I have found the trouser fit from J Press and O'Connell's to be very similar I have to "size up then take in" both only because I like a looser fit.

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    2. I know I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm pretty sure J. Press's sizing is different in the U.S. and Japan.

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    3. I find J. Press articles to be comically voluminous. I am quite thin though -- anything that hasn't been tailored tends to look goofy.

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    4. To Anonymous on August 6, 2021 at 1:45 AM, a sense of fashion and a traditional/natural shoulder/Ivy League sensibility are inimical. Think of 18 year olds with 26" waists in sack jackets!

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  10. Durus Custom Shirts & Suits in Oak Brook IL.
    Made to measure, great customer service and good value. I bought a dinner, suit, multiple weekly wears, and a nice 3-piece for an engagement party.
    I've given up on Brooks Brothers and only buy OCBD shirts when they do their annual sale.

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  11. Durus Custom Shirts & Suits in Oak Brook IL.
    Made to measure, great customer service and good value. I bought a dinner, suit, multiple weekly wears, and a nice 3-piece for an engagement party.
    I've given up on Brooks Brothers and only buy OCBD shirts when they do their annual sale.

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  12. J. Press has started cutting their jackets too short in an attempt to seem "modern" and attract a new clientele. Godspeed to them, but if I want modernity, I wouldn't go to them for it. I always shopped there for the opposite reason.

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    1. I have two J. Press jackets with me, one bought +/- 10 years ago and another bought last year, and both are the same length.

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    2. Frederick J JohnsonAugust 6, 2021 at 11:51 AM

      I have two J Press blazers; one from an uncle 20+ years ago and another 10+ years old, they are a size apart but both fit exactly the same. I now get all my shirts and dress trousers from JP

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  13. I've given up suits and ties..I spend money on country clothing instead

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  14. Sadly, Brooks Brothers, the owner of Southwick, shut it down with the bankruptcy. I think JP and O'C still have a few, but those will be the last. I've read elsewhere that another American brand (Hickey-Freeman?) is going to start making traditional sack suits.

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  15. Paul Stuart and Frank Stella are always worth a look.

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  16. I am retired now and hope never to wear a suit again. But back when I was working, for years I bought my suits at J Press. Then towards the end of my working life I discovered LS clothing in NYC. The legendary Izzy Zuber is the master of made to measure clothing. I told him I was a J Press customer and he steered me to a model sack suit from H. Freeman. They had a wide selection of fabrics from Holland and Sherry (a related company, as is Oxford). The cost is less than a J Press off the rack suit.
    Izzy really is a legend in the industry. If you are anywhere in the NYC area, he can take care of you.

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