In 2013 the blizzard Nemo literally brought down the roof of the historic J. Press headquarters at 262 York Street. A framed picture of my dad, Paul Press, in tennis gear on the courts at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico in1954 with Wimbledon great Fred Perry hung in a place of honor at the back of the store in the prime fitting room. They crossed rac-quets over the net clad in Mr. Perry’s eponymous tennis whites that were confined to the J. Press geographic U.S. locales in the 1950s.
After the brand went national, Fred Perry and J. Press parted racquets. No longer did laurel wreaths adorn Squeeze polo shirts. Nor will you find polo mallets, alligators, frogs, hanging sheep, whales or any other accoutrements of the national brands. Avid polo lover Winston Churchill once re-marked, “A polo handicap is a person’s ticket to the world.” J. Press chukka polo shirts play the game clean and straight.
Ennobling our historic plain front polos, an abundance of trad colors are en-larged beyond tennis white in a merry-go-round of colors. A rejuvenated old-time favorite is our distinct solid Jersey button-down short-sleeve polo enhanced by our J. Press button flap breast pocket in classic colors.
Ideal for comfortable weekend or casual business wear, our stripe polos feature a cornucopia of combinations.
J. Press polo shirts define Sprezzatura with either a blazer, khakis, poplins, grey tropicals or Bermuda shorts. Baldassare Castiglione, Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and prominent Renaissance author defined the term 500 years ago,