Benjamin Jacobi Press’s wardrobe always exhibited his great-grandfather Jacobi’s clothing philosophy regardless of current circumstances, proudly exhibiting long-term value of the J. Press product, its quality of craft and good taste.
Father’s Day, 42 years ago at Ben’s Buckley School, we boosted the brand at the iconic New York all-boys secondary school sporting red plaid and red corduroy trousers topped by Ben’s individually tailored blue blazer and my Dartmouth Green—1977 outfits still available at J. Press, with only the green blazer necessarily tailored to individual order.
My son’s career spanned an early stint interning George H.W. Bush’s White House now segueing in the opposite direction with Joe Biden. A longtime member of the Hollywood entertainment community, his wardrobe was often a hand-me-down bequeathed to him by his late grandfather, my father Paul Press. Attending a campaign event with Joe Biden, Ben is clad in his late grandfather’s 1971 bespoke suit coat minus its worn-out trouser, coincidentally tagging the current trend mixing and matching grey multi-striped suit jacket with a pair of dark grey cotton slacks.
Graduating from Middlebury College, Ben lent a hand at the George H.W. Bush White House. He is pictured with President and Mrs. Bush in 1989 appropriately dressed as if out of the show windows at the J. Press Washington, DC store on Avenue L. The evening prior to the Bush inauguration Ben was assigned to accompany a rather famous former J. Press customer for the pre-Inauguration stage show. Ben called to let me know that Sinatra recounted the good times he had at J. Press with his father “Richie” so many years back. Frank Sinatra, sans tie, Ben Press upholding J. Press tradition in tightly knotted and pinned red challis tie and contrast collar shirt.
Show Biz rears its not so ugly head. Talent agent Ben Press accompanies client and friend Elle Macpherson to the 2012 Golden Globe Awards dressed in a 1968 dinner jacket made for his Grandpa Paul. The tradly duds got Ben named one of the evenings “best dressed” according to the London Daily Mail’s Alex Shekarchman.
Time marches on.
If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t President George H. W. Bush a longtime J. Press customer?
Only thing missing from my life is a Press oxford shirt button down with flap pocket as a pullover, that is, with a partial-length front button placket.
Prior to 1966, J. Press and many other stores sold natural shoulder suits and button down collar shirts. By 1968, few still did. In 1968, I had to look harder to find such clothing and doing so led me to J. Press. Buying suits and shirts from the same manufacturer assures that the shirt collar and and the suit collar display the proper amount of shirt collar above the suit collar. Everything that I have bought at J. Press from 1968 through 2019 is currently in proper style. I particularly like J, Press’s store in Washington, which I expect is now the J. Press store that has been at its presnt location the longest. The quality of everything at J. Press is superb.
I am only 85 but I am sure that my two J.Press cashmere blazers will see me through.
I remember wanting and looking for a navy double breasted blazer, but could not find one anywhere. My wife and I were in New York, and happened to walk by and then into J. Press, expecting to be disappointed, but lo and behold was told that there were some that had just been moved and were “in the back”. Long story short, I purchased a beautiful blazer that is and should be the foundation of a classic wardrobe. Thank you J Press for being the constant in classic men’s fashion.
Great blog and ode to Ivy style (what people called it before Birnbach’s book).
My 20-year-old Dartmouth Green J. Press blazer with authentic Waterbury Buttons still gets compliments even though the lining is tattered and the elbows have been patched. I wish it was still in your regular stock.
It is so wonderful to see that the tradition of J Press lives on and that there was an abundance of great history with great figures to resonate the J Press Family…I hope that this tradition of style Lives on!!
Great family story. You can’t make it up.
I rarely look forward to checking my email on Monday morning…Richard Press’s blog updates are the exception.
A great investment. The trick is to remain the same size so as not to need tsiloring.
I was a member of the Woodbridge Country Club and fondly remember Paul !!! He was the last member allowed to smoke his cigars in the clubhouse
Visited him at the retirement home—- measured amounts of. Gin on a schedule0!
Continued to wear J Press sport jackets!!