Wednesday, November 30, 2011

'Wear and Tear Repaired at a Reasonable Cost' on York Street, New Haven


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.)





Tony, who has been at J. Press for 45 years.





Under the watchful eye of Jacobi.
Heading up York Street...


Mory's 







One has to admire the well-dressed people on the New Haven streets...










Pierson Gateway

University Theatre

 The Old Campus.




Harkness Tower

Phelps Hall (1895)


Connecticut Hall (1753) is Yale's oldest building.



29 comments:

Jed Wall said...

Great post Muffy! Isn't it nice to know that places like this still exist? Also, New Haven looks like a beautiful city.

Kate said...

Great example of the rewards of quality classic clothes. Thanks for sharing! P.S. are the shoes you are wearing Gucci drivers? I like them quite a bit and am wondering. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Yale's Georgian buildings are my favorites, so I love Connecticut Hall. The various and numerous revivals I can live without--fake cracked windows included. (Probably why I prefer Dartmouth's architecture.) So glad Mory's is open again after the long renovation.

Parnassus said...

The problem with free replacement is that when they change manufacturing processes, new objects of the same brand/model are often not satisfactory. I used to be able to wear, for example, Sperry and Ecco shoes, but no longer.

Glad to see that New Haven is looking so good these days. Thanks for the pics.

Anonymous said...

More beautiful pictures! I love your shoes, too - are they for sale anywhere?!

Reggie Darling said...

Nice to see the pictures of New Haven and Yale. It brought back many happy memories of my time there as an undergraduate. Reggie

Wasp Decor said...

I'm not shocked L.L Bean is not repairing blucher mocs. Since they are now imported from "god knows where", L.L. Bean must not have the machines any longer nor anyone that knows how to sew the old mocs. What a shame. L.L Bean is just sinking themselves with the old die hard shoppers of days gone by. I'm glad you posted that about the blucher mocs.

Jacob Phelps said...

I am not at all shocked by the LL Bean mishap. So, so sad.

It looks as if you had a great trip. It's hard to beat J.Press

Anonymous said...

Did you know J. McLaughlin has been sold to a "private equity group"? It'll be interesting to see how long it takes before that company starts the downhill slide...I predict 2 years.

Cranky Yankee said...

Any of my J. Press suits and jackets that still include San Francisco on the label are well be 'wear and tear' repairs. They have simply shrunk over the years. Oh well. I'm off to Mt. Auburn Street today.

Brian said...

I had a similar experience with LLB's signature version of the 4-eye bluchers. They developed a hole in the handsewn toe seam after about a year of casual wear and I wanted it repaired. Since they're now made in the Dominican Republic, LLB no longer has the in-house facilities to repair any footwear other than the bean boots. Thankfully, LL Bean's guarantee is as good as ever and I was able to exchange them for a pair of rubber mocs, which are still made in USA and rebuildable. As for the blucher mocs, I bit the bullet and bought a pair of custom made ones from Rancourt & Co., an excellent Maine shoe manufacturer.

Pete said...

Love the pictures of New Haven. The shots of Morry’s brought back memories, glad it is once again opened.
A good haberdasher will always update suits. I remember being at Oxford and a classmate of mine took his grandfathers suits to London to be altered, I tagged along. I recall hearing from the tailor, “Yes,we do make these to last”. A few hours later over a pint we realized we didn’t pay the tailor or leave a credit card number. We rushed back in the late afternoon only to be told they didn’t take cash or credit cards but that when the suits were sent home to the U.S., a bill would be enclosed (this was the summer of 1990).

Grace said...

New Haven looks amazing! I love little shops like this.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics!

I'm so pleased to see that it looks like New Haven may be on the upswing.

A few years ago, after my nephew had narrowed his university selections to Yale and Princeton, he revisited both campuses and towns.

It wasn't a major factor in his choosing the College of New Jersey, but his impression of New Haven was that it was, to quote him, a troubled "Hell Hole."

He was not being a brat. He seemed to believe from speaking with people he encountered that drug-addiction, unemployment, etc. were rampant.

Your beautiful photos certainly tell a different story. Thank you.

Chelsea Owens said...

What brand is the bag you are carrying? I feel like I really need it.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:56 I would also be curious about that. Are v-necks just not preppy or is it just a matter of preference? I have to admit, I tend to own more v-necks because, well, I am rather busty and most crew necks (unless I buy one that is fitted and meant to be worn alone and not over another shirt) hang off of my chest and tend to make me look fat. The v-neck hangs better on me. Muffy?

Sartre said...

You look terrific. I love the jacket + trousers + loafers.

I have a few old sport coats of my own, which inexplicably have shrunk over the years, ready for when my son gets a bit older.

Susan R said...

You know what I love even more than the amazing customer service displayed here?
It's the fact that your son is now wearing something that belonged to his father and grandfather. Now that is something worth celebrating.
A funny thing about the L.L. Bean situation mentioned in this post...I'm amazed that they gave out a new pair of camp mocs, that's great service, however, I, like your friend, do not like the feel of brand new shoes. I will take a second hand pair of shoes, provided they are in good condition, over a new pair any day. In fact, for this very reason, I always buy second hand, Tall, English riding boots. They are already broken in for me, thus avoiding blisters and pinches while I'm riding. New tall boots cost a fortune anyway, so I save myself some money in the process. There's more than one good reason to recycle and reuse.

Anonymous said...

Jack Wills? Next to the venerable J Press? Well, I guess it is expected now that Abercrombie is on Savile Row. Sad world. Very sad. Sum

Anonymous said...

A brief thought; to put the cat amongst the pigeons. Is it 'preppy' to share so much of one's life with the public at large (or as some Brits would say, the great unwashed)?

Ben said...

Maybe Muffy is the central bank of Preppy. When there is not enough good taste, she gets busier. When there is too much good taste, I suspect she will contract the supply! :)

Anonymous said...

I love the ensemble you're wearing.

A, L.L. Bean.... yup, I guess they're so totally out of the shoe-making business (save for some of their Maine Hunting Shoes, which have unique soles) that that means no more sole replacements. Those camp mocs are made in El Salvador now, so they're not going to repair them on site.

Anonymous said...

Regarding New Haven... in a way, it's kind of like Cambridge, though with a somewhat larger population and more large buildings. And, it's not overshadowed by a major city right next door. But, it is like Cambridge in that the area right next to the university in town is attractive and well-kept. And like Cambridge, there are also "real" people who live in the city, and there are some very bad parts. I would venture to say that New Haven actually has much more crime than Cambridge. I also know people who passed over Yale because of New Haven.

Squeeze said...

Thank you for such a delicious rendering----Richard

rowdy said...

Muffy you look fantastic. I am happy to view your great photos. Thank you

father wb said...

thanks muffy. man, i miss mory's. i heard that it had closed, been 'revamped,' and then re-opened. that 'revamping' made me really nervous. sushi and wifi were mentioned. any reliable intel on this score?

Chris H. said...

Muffy, I am finally getting around to commenting on this lovely post.

As one who grew up in and around New Haven, and being from a family closely tied to Yale for four generations, your retrospective is heartening.

I have not been back since Gant opened, or historically speaking, re-opened, and have not been to the renovated Mory's. My great-grandfather was president of Mory's for 16 years and the place is close to my heart. I hope it's not too unchanged - at least the good parts.

Thank you for your wonderful post and reminding me about why I so love New Haven. By the way, did you have a burger at Louis Lunch? I never miss it!

Regards,
Chris / OTC

Lottie_v said...

Heavens, is that a Jack Wills I see? I'd run if I were you, the British are coming.

Tim said...

Apropos v-neck sweaters: as Paul Fussell points out, they're rather prole because they're designed to show definitively that you're wearing a tie and are thus showy and overstated.