There was no air conditioning post-World War I when Jacobi Press opened the door of his Yale shop for Dixie favorite 100% cotton seersucker suits and accoutrements derived not from south of the Mason Dixon Line, but more specially from his prized London-based resource Welch, Margretson & Co. Genesis of the fabric, not unlike India Madras, came from Britain’s warm weather colonies borrowing its name in English from Hindustani, further derived from Persian words shir o shekar, translated as “milk and sugar.”
The refreshing airiness of puckered and crinkling seersucker never fails to collect generation after generation of devoted adherents. Currently available on our racks and shelves or website in a vast assortment that includes jackets with matching trousers, walk shorts and sport shirts in a variety of colors along with an improbable patchwork Seersucker necktie. The sport jacket complements a potpourri of trousers from poplins to jeans. The seersucker trouser together with classic blue blazer is de rigueur for Cole Porter cocktail hours at Piping Rock.
G. Bruce Boyer, book signer extraordinaire at our recent 44th Street J. Press “Cocktails & Sartorial Conversation” event, notes in his classic menswear compendium True Style, “This natty and comfortable as hell garment remains the monarch of summer suiting—a material that puts all wools, mohairs, and (yes) even linens to shame.”
No fabric is more closely identified with the J. Press summer wardrobe than pure cotton Seersucker. These quintessential warm weather favorites are tailored in the iconic J. Press natural shoulder, three-button style with center hook vent, lap edges and bleached bone buttons.
It’s never too darn hot for this cool summer classic.
One must not look sloppy at one’s job -Sir Winston Churchill .
Very fond memories of Paul at York Street; from Hopkins to the Road Shows at Dartmouth.
Keep the J.Press tradition rolling.
Any news on a new location in Cambridge?
I will never forget, Lou Jacobs, and his visits to Philadelphia with his “trunks” at the Bellevue Stratford. I also remember one if the “Press family” that was my son Karl’s 4th Form Prefect at The Hill School.
I am still a traditional Ivy League dresser in my attire. Your quality products and attention to detail are appreciated by all gentlemen!
David R. Morgan
Bluffton, South Carolina
With so few people dressing properly today, I really enjoy your nostalgic stories. I have been a J Press customer for 35 years and sincerely hope you retain the customer base that appreciates
classic clothing. My wife thinks classic dressing will return . I am more pessimistic based upon what I see at church and on airplanes. Talk about nostalgia, although I live in Florida, I still purchase at least one shaggy dog sweater every year.
…just attended the Loomis Chaffee Alumni Reunion, where I noticed several seersucker suits and jackets, including two at the 10-person dinner table that accommodated some of us members of the class of ‘59.
I’ve been a loyal adherent for over 65 years. Are you planning to bring back the unlined collar, pullover oxford button down dress shirt? That would separate the men from the boys! Keep up the nostalgia.
As a young man ( I am an old man now), I was told by my grandfather (1885-1975) that when he was young, a gentleman’s “tails,” “tuxedo,” and “stroller” would always be in black. Black was not, however, an acceptable color for gents’ sport jackets and “business” suits, because black suits were worn only by men in service occupations, at least in those days.
Another good read – keep the articles coming.
Just when I think I know every back story about clothing, I learn something new. Thank you for the insight.
Add me to the list of readers who enjoy these missives. Terse yet interesting. Thanks.
These stories are essential to us whom are interested, whether about navy blue or JG Melon s. And while I am at it, J Press is just as essential. And a further by the way, J Press shows up frequently in the novels and short stories of the great Thomas McGuane.
So very few truly traditional men’s stories still in existence.It has been a few years since visiting your great story.I am honored to receive the email and know you are still going strong.
I have to agree, these articles – retrospectives, I reckon – are terrific. Please, continue offering them.
Keep the articles coming! Best nostalgia!!! Thanks.
Love these historical vignettes.
Absolutely love these stories from Richard Press. Much admiration for Richard for returning to J. Press after his retirement years ago. There is nothing quite like reading articles written by one of the “Originals” from the world of Classic American Clothing.