J. Press Saloon Chic

J. Press Saloon Chic

In my roaring twenties and even decades thereafter, I did much bar hopping draped in Squeeze Tweed. J.G. Melon’s on 74th Street, across the street...

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J. Press Merchant Tailors

J. Press Merchant Tailors

Tailoring was almost an accident for my grandfather Jacobi Press, but not quite. He arrived in Boston Harbor with his three sisters in 1896. They w...

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Prep School In The 1950s

Prep School In The 1950s

The laws of acceptance and exclusion were epiphanies I experienced during my days at the prep school Loomis (now known as Loomis Chaffee) on its lu...

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The Secret Vice

The Secret Vice

om Wolfe, white-suited chronicler of American culture, disclosed The Secret Vice in a 1966 essay published in The New York Herald Tribune. “At Yale...

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Cash Sale Mayhem

Cash Sale Mayhem

Walking the sidewalks of New York uptown and down, the shop windows are ablaze with End of Season Sale notices reminding me of the mayhem that foll...

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The Dartmouth Blazer Brawl

The Dartmouth Blazer Brawl

My days at Dear Old Dartmouth began on a September morn 64 years ago with Dad twisting his way along the old Route 5 in his Buick Super convertible...

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Pants On Fire

Pants On Fire

During my earlier reign at J. Press in our old Madmen shop on 44th Street west of Madison Avenue, I was often interviewed by the Daily News Record,...

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Paul Press Meets Dr. King

Paul Press Meets Dr. King

In 1961 my father was asked by the leader of Congregation Mishkan Israel to make a pickup at the New Haven train station. The arriving passenger, s...

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Out on the Town with Sinatra

Out on the Town with Sinatra

“So Richie,” Frank Sinatra said to me after fitting one of his J. Press suits fifty years ago, “maybe you and your gal can meet me at Quo Vadis on ...

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