Kurt Weill, the haunting German and later American theatrical composer penned his memorable September Song for Broadway, but its weathered lines might just as well have been savored in the J. Press 2021 Fall & Winter Brochure, “…and the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame.”
Since the 1950s Irving Press, John Norey and later yours truly searched Roget’s Thesaurus endlessly for descriptive adjectives depicting our autumn colorings for J. Press Shaggy Dogs, Harris Tweeds, Shetland Sport Coats and untold items both foreign and domestic.
A few favorites from the J. Squeeze potpourri: Gorse, Lovat, and Brown Heather Shaggy Dogs; ‘Shavian’ Press-Scot County Squire Stitched Tweed Hat, Golden Green Tuscany Hat, Olive Moss Waistcoats, Pumpkin Flannel Sport Shirt, Fawn English Weatherproof Topcoat, Dark Olive Moleskin Knee Length Coat, and Lovat Grey Porridge Ascot Overcoat.
The “Heyday” J. Press brochures in the 1950s didn’t allow for the range of vivid color photography featured in our current mailing. Instead, we relied upon descriptive phrases to portray our American translations of product often derived from the British Isles.
In 1959 our range included 48 suit segments together with multitudes of worsteds, tweeds and furnishings imported from resources abroad. Some tidbits:
Remains of the day together with innovative productions featuring tasteful renditions accommodating today’s casual wear may be fruitfully explored in our “hot off the Press” 2021 Fall & Winter Brochure. Savor the print or the digital version, the once and future illumination of Ivy Style.
Just got the new catalog in the mail and it is stunning! the pictures are so lush and I love this fall’s theme. So cool. The interview is super interesting and the other commentary really adds to the whole presentation. Oh and I already bought a pair of those new 5 pocket pants. Couldn’t resist.
I think that Mr. Weber pretty much sums things up with Frank Sinatra singing “September Song”. Pure artistry.
It can’t be sung any better. Add his simple props – his hat & his raincoat – and you’re eavesdropping on a piece of art – performed by one of America’s greatest artists.
September is an odd month. It’s mostly summertime, but the kids can’t really enjoy it because they’ve been in school for six weeks already. This includes American collegians, who never understood the significance of Michaelmas Term like the Brits do.
Let’s not forget that Maxwell Anderson was the lyricist of “The September Song” which was in the musical “Knickerbocker Holiday.” It was written for Walter Huston, and it was his only solo song in the show.
Words of beauty and sensitivity that evoke the wistful memory of what was. Lyrics impossible to read without an image of the Chairman coming to mind. Standing before the microphone, loosened tie and hands in pockets, singing the phrases with a bittersweet reverence he alone can convey.