J. Press Icons

Represented by some of our favorite style personalities, the J. Press Icon collection is comprised of year-round staples that are a necessity to every wardrobe.

Joseph Krauss

Joseph Krauss is a photographer, musician and lover of all things art/creative. "I've always loved the way things look, be it a picture, landscape, or an outfit being worn. I'd say I’m an emotional dresser; I love things that remind me of a person, place or even a space in time." Joseph got into style when he was young, having grown up listening to a lot of rock music and having siblings in the gothic/mall rat era. "I was obsessed with seeing how their cool older friends expressed themselves through their clothing, green hair, tight striped pants, 90s baggy skate style–no rules

"I gravitate heavily towards brands like J. Press where 20 different people could wear the same brand and all express themselves differently, be it more preppy, or classic ivy. Personally, I love a crafty-ivy look, which is why I picked out these pieces. One of my favorite sweaters is J. Press' cotton crew. I’ve worn holes into it now and it only gets better with age. Speaking of emotional dressing, the jean jacket was chain stitched by one of my very best friends @rangerstitch (on instagram). I left the jacket at his house on total accident (or was it calculated?) and when I went to pick it back up a couple weeks later, he had totally pimped my ride with my name, a floral design and the words ‘ring my bell’ on the back with a big liberty bell 'cause I’m from Philadelphia. Thanks J. Press and the wonderful Laura Arnold for having me come play dress up."

Colin Spoelman

Colin Spoelman is Co-Founder and Distiller at Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier craft whiskey producer. He has written The Guide to Urban Moonshining and Dead Distillers about American whiskey, as well as the forthcoming Bourbon Drinker's Companion which releases May 14th from Abrams Image. He grew up in the moonshine (not the bourbon) part of Kentucky and graduated from Yale University.

“I was a theater major at Yale, so I often went to class right next to the J. Press store on York and looked in the windows for inspiration. As I've matured, I've come to appreciate the brand's style for the same reasons I like architecture and whiskey: there's something comforting about tradition and context, and something even more interesting about being creative within a familiar tradition and their constraints. Whiskey has been around for centuries, and yet it's hard to find one on today's shelves that is well-made, authentic, and timeless. So much in the world wants to be those things, and so few things actually are.”

Al Culliton

Al Culliton is a transmasculine writer, historian, and bartender. At present, they mostly write about the American Cocktail and the culture around it from the eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth. Al lives in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts, where they enjoy the perfect mix of olde New England charm and robust queer community. Their current favorite bar is their little village’s tavern, the Conway Inn, established 1860. You can find them tending bar two or three nights a week at Gigantic in Easthampton, MA.

“I grew up in Brighton in the '90s and spent a lot of time in Harvard Square as a teen. I'd walk the brick sidewalks reveling in a sense of time travel, popping into Leavitt & Peirce—to smell the pipe tobacco and peruse the old-man objects—and then into Bob Slate to stock up on pens and stationery. On my rounds, the old J. Press shop on Mt. Auburn Street always caught my eye. I loved to peer through the old window-panes at the handsome sweaters and suits styled so beautifully—'twas certainly an early influence on my enduring love of classic American sportswear.

*note: that's not a typo in Leavitt & Peirce! Weird spelling of the latter surname (and the former, for that matter!).”

Jason Diamond

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jason Diamond is a writer and editor, contributing to GQ and New York magazine’s Vulture. Jason has also written two books (Searching for John Hughes and The Sprawl) and co-authored the upcoming New York Nico’s Guide to NYC with New York Nico.

“I grew up around men who knew how to dress, and I was always paying attention to the things the men in my family wore that I didn’t see other guys wearing. One thing that I always loved was an old plaid sportcoat that I recall was light brown with red and black pattern running down and across that my great-uncle would put on for little things in the fall like going to the grocery store or running an errand. I don’t remember how I ended up finding out he got it from J. Press years earlier, but I do recall him telling me he got the coat ‘out east’ since we were in Chicago at the time. I’ve lived ‘out east’ most of my life now, but whenever I find myself in J. Press or going towards New Haven I always think ‘I’m going out east.’”

Matthew Longcore

Based in Connecticut, Matthew Longcore is the founder of the Preppy Handbook Fan Club which was featured in The Wall Street Journal and has a loyal following on social media. Matthew grew up in the preppy environs of Westport, Connecticut. He works for an anthropological research organization based at Yale University and teaches anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Currently he is a Ph.D. student at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island working on a dissertation about Collegiate Gothic architecture.

“I discovered The Official Preppy Handbook in the late 1980s and loved the description of Trinity College, one of the top 20 preppy colleges – ‘Uniformly Preppier, students here embody good-looking, devil-may-care-ism.’ I later attended Harvard and Yale for graduate school, making it impossible to root for one team at The Game. I am a member of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport and enjoy sailing on my boat, Swift. I appreciate the timeless and nostalgic aspects of Ivy style and preppy culture. I would describe my personal style as collegiate and nautical, so I feel right at home in madras and seersucker. J. Press, aptly described as ‘Old Guard’ by the Preppy Handbook, is naturally one of my favorite brands.”

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