Trad Tour 2012 continues with more photos from J. Press. The top pic showcases the selection of OTR sport coats they had in my size. I was tempted by the blackwatch.
The kelly green Shaggy Dog caught my eye. The hang tag is the same as the one on O’Connell’s shetlands. Presumably the manufacturer is the same—at least this year. I prefer O’Connell’s shetland over the J. Press shetland. I think the saddle shoulder produces a more flattering fit as does the usage of suit sizing. However, if you find that one of the J. Press alphabet sizes fits you well, then by all means buy the J. Press—particularly if you like the brushed finish.
The shirts on the shelf are the new 110th anniversary trim fits. The fit is very flattering and is damn near the same as the Brooks Brothers extra slim fit, which really isn’t that slim so calm down. It’s not the end of the world. I’m pretty excited that I have a new source for trim fitting american made oxford cloth button downs. I took home the gingham, tatersall, candy stripe and club collar. The club collar features the distinct flap pocket on the chest—a J. Press clothing tradition. One caveat, sleeve sizes appear to be limited. I’m a 15 1/2 and the only sleeve length in that neck size is 34; however any tailor can easily shorten the sleeves. Now if 34 is too short for you then, yes that’s a problem.
I also took home the pictured watch strap, which happens to match my grad school colors.
J. Press now has a limited selection of slimmer ties at approximately 2.5 inches. Again, calm down. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. Harvard is right next door and J. Press is doing right by me to try and lure today’s Ivy Leaguers, who will in turn keep the Ivy League look alive and ensure that J. Press is around for many decades to come.