J. Press Returns to Midtown Manhattan

NEW YORK — Nearly four years after closing its store in Midtown Manhattan, J. Press is back.
The men’s specialty retailer that has its roots in classic Ivy League style has soft-opened a 2,800-square-foot store at 49-51 East 44th Street, between Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues, on the ground floor of the Yale Club. A grand-opening party is scheduled for Thursday night.
The location is not accidental: J. Press was founded in 1902 when Jacobi Press opened a store on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The company has been owned by Japan’s Onward Kashiyama since 1986.
“We’ve always had such a close relationship with Yale,” said James Fitzgerald, vice president of retail for J. Press and a 31-year veteran of the company. J. Press still operates a store in New Haven, blocks from the Yale campus, as well as units in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Mass. In Japan, there are some 160 in-store shops.
Fitzgerald, who also manages the New Haven location, said a customer contacted him and said he’d found the perfect spot for J. Press to reenter New York City. The company was able to secure the spot, which is across the street from Grand Central Terminal. It brings

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