Rebel Without A Suit

Rebel Without A Suit

The corona virus recession together with changing workplace fashion trends has brought Chapter 11 to several standbys that have lost their way. J. ...

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Heyday Of The Ivy League Suit
1960s advertising

Heyday Of The Ivy League Suit

The high watermark of the Ivy League Suit in America coincided with the Kennedy years. J. Press opened its first street level New York store on 16...

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Sharing the Bloodline
1960s advertising

Sharing the Bloodline

The bloodline that courses through the Press family veins was encapsulated in the presentation of my father, Paul Press’s sport coats front stage i...

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When Mad Men Ruled The Roost
1960s advertising

When Mad Men Ruled The Roost

The party’s over. Madison Avenue sidewalks, bare of shoppers, remain a ghostlike remnant of the celebrated Mad Men era when teeming shoppers and cl...

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Puttin’ On The Ritz
American Menswear

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Summertime is when living should be easy. Despite being embattled in face masks and protective gloves, hopefully things may be made a trifle easie...

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When Print Advertising Was King
American Menswear

When Print Advertising Was King

During the Heyday of Ivy, J. Press featured a resolute advertising program of print ads that regularly adorned the top of Page Two or Three in the ...

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Time Marches On
American Menswear

Time Marches On

America’s romance with Yale first blossomed in 1901 when senior Alan Hirsch copyrighted his rousing football song Boola Boola, selling more sheet m...

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Yale Hit Parade

Yale Hit Parade

Quarantine indolence has jogged my memory as I pored through New Haven newspaper archives coming across an ad promoting Macy’s showroom on York Str...

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J. Press
American Menswear

Not Nostrums, But Normalcy

There comes a time to take off the mask and remove quarantine drag for a return to those more privileged times when the living was easy. Following ...

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Growing Up in New Haven

Growing Up in New Haven

The title of Philip Roth’s 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus refers to a disc recording awarded to graduating Ohio State seniors evoking songs, cheers...

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