One of the most comforting things to read in a store is the phrase "Wear and tear repaired at a reasonable cost." This tells you that the company is selling things that they know well and that they expect to be of service for a while. This is the case at J. Press on New Haven, Connecticut's famous York Street.
(In contrast. last week at L.L. Bean a friend brought into the Freeport store a pair of Camp Mocs to be resoled, something he has done countless times over the decades. To his surprise, he found that L.L. Bean no longer offers this service, and instead, handed him a new pair of Camp Mocs. While this is superb customer service, it is wasteful, and ultimately, not what he wanted.)
Today we returned to J. Press with two of their navy blazers, a tweed jacket, and a navy suit in hand. Two of the jackets are a little over twenty years old and belonged to my husband, and the other is over thirty-five years old and was my father's. It was time to hand them down to the next generation. The suit had a small tear that needed mending.
Tony, who has been at J. Press for 45 years and worked on my father's clothes.
We headed up York Street...
One has to admire the well-dressed people on the New Haven streets...
J. McLaughlin pants were exactly what I had hoped they would be, including versatile and very comfortable.
We cut through to the Old Campus.
I already look forward to our trip back to pick up our repairs and alterations.