The Darwinian evolution of corduroy at J. Press represents the cultural shift that has occurred since the era men wore coats and ties to the office, on airplanes or at the Yale Bowl.
When I entered the family business in 1959, the wise guys in the New Haven store referred to corduroy suits, “Rags and bones for the scholarship boys.” During the Heyday of Ivy suits and ties were campus uniforms at Yale and Harvard. Our 1966 Fall & Winter Brochure tagged Corduroy jackets with matching trousers at $71, a great buy compared to our pricier bestseller, $125 Worsted Herringbones.
Until the 1980s the average J. Press customer owned at least three or four suits for everyday wear with a corduroy suit for weekend backup.
Ideal for weightless ease during the Fall & Winter months our 21st Century Corduroy is featured in three piece separates—not a nested suit. Corduroy jackets are tailored in the soft construction J. Press 3-button sack model with center hook vent and 5/16” sewn trim edge. The 100% combed cotton mid-wale ribbed fabric is woven in England especially for J. Press in our archetype shade of brown/olive. The vest accents a five-button front with two lower pockets, the accompanying trouser respects our classic flat front model.
Additional varieties of eleven colors in our wide wale Corduroy trouser offers sporting contrast when worn with Blue Blazer, Tweed Jacket or Shaggy Dog Sweater. Available in traditional colors of navy, dark brown, tan, camel, grey, dark olive or a rainbow of seasonals: aubergine, rust, gold, royal blue, spruce green.
Smash the glass for a loyal toast to the King of Corduroy.
Other then the corduroy, which suits are available with vests? What is the supplemental price?
It would be terrific to see a corduroy jacket with patch pockets in the catalog.
Mr. Ellis, I totally agree with you. I have as many as you and always tell my tailor that I will stop shopping when the second floor of house collapses. There is nothing better than dressing for work and looking down at you shoes and see the reflection of the lights. With that when asked who shines your shoes, and being able to say me. Like you Mr. Press, I favor bowties and at least once a week I am asked if I tie them myself to which I answer with a poker straight face, no I have a guy who comes every morning at 6:15…..
“Senior Cords” were in fashion at DePauw in the ’50s and early ’60s, usually worn with saddle shoes or white bucks. All the really cool guys wore Harris Tweed jackets over a blue OCBD. As a fraternity pledge I learned to sandpaper my collar to look Old School!
Three or four suits for business wear? I’ve got 17 suits sitting in my closet of which I would classify 14 as business wear. I have to believe the average guy felt better in a grey or blue chalk stripe with suitable footwear and haberdashery than when turned out in chinos and a tee shirt.
Back in the early sixties you featured a corduroy Norfolk-style jacket. Any plans to bring back that gem?
I’m interested in purchasing a three-piece tan color corduroy suit. I would like the pants to be flat front with side straps-adjusters rather than belt loop. Kindly provide me an estimate.