Wants & Desires | J. Press Ties

The perfect accoutrement for summer suits are the raw silk and Indian Madras ties from the reliable Ivy League clothier J. Press. A quick look in my closet would reveal roughly 150 J. Press ties collected over the years, more than all of the other brands combined. One thing I love about these little pieces of fabric is the fact that they will never go out of style. That’s a concept I championed when I worked with the company, design with no obsolescence. So if it’s classic style you desire, break out the khaki cotton suits and get to work – or go to work – in one of these ties.












Comments on “Wants & Desires | J. Press Ties

    Derrick on June 1, 2009 8:58 AM:

    Those ties are amazing. the J Press store here in DC is about 7 blocks from my job. i think i’ll drop in this week…

    discerning on June 1, 2009 9:58 AM:

    Agreed… J.Press does do a lovely tie, though at the classic width they are too stuffy for me. Do they make a narrower version like J.Crew or do I take them to my tailor?

    Paul on June 1, 2009 10:42 AM:

    I have the 8th one in your list. I like to wear it with a white button down and my blue blazer. Everytime I wear it – I get compliments – minimum two. Also, the color is vibrant, clean and crisp. Thanks for posting!

    bobs your uncle on June 1, 2009 10:43 AM:

    beautiful madras…

    BUT, pre-tied bow ties?

    one of the beauties of the bow tie is the eccentric and individual knot that can be tied by the wearer, no?

    Curious on June 1, 2009 10:46 AM:

    Are the bowties pre-tied? I’m in the Midwest and there are no local stores to ckeck out, and the website isn’t clear on whether they are pre-tied or require you to tie them. And since I’m on the subject, pre-tied bowties are not stylish – a real bowtie is tied by you and it’s the slight asymmetries that appear every time you make the knot that makes them so great.

    Michael Williams on June 1, 2009 10:47 AM:

    Hey Bob,

    Just wanted to share something my father used to say: “don’t open your mouth and show your ignorance.” Thought that is fitting in this situation. Those bow ties aren’t pre-tied.

    Your pal,


    bobs your uncle on June 1, 2009 12:02 PM:

    bob is apparently not only your uncle, but also a jackass.

    my most humble apologies.

    my father, who i most assuredly disgraced trying to flaunt my knowledge and fan my peacock feathers, said a similar thing to me on more than one occasion.

    “its better to keep your mouth shut and have people think youre an asshole, than to open it and prove it.”


    Michael Williams on June 1, 2009 12:09 PM:

    It should be pointed out to everyone that “bob” works for a famous American menswear company and is also a friend of mine. Which is the reason why: A. I gave him such a hard time for saying stupid shit and B: give him a hard time in general.

    Onward bow tie lovers…


    the cat on June 1, 2009 1:14 PM:

    For full disclosure, J.Press no longer retains your services?

    Michael Williams on June 1, 2009 1:17 PM:

    No, I don’t work for them anymore. That’s why it says “when I worked for the company” in past tense. I always say when I mention a client.


    Harry on June 1, 2009 2:01 PM:

    I bought a J.Press madras bowtie and some madras pocket squares last summer after you wrote about them last time — I love them.

    These raw silk ties looks great. There’s a small company called Salem Neckwear out of North Carolina that makes some great raw silk ties in solid colors. The company has been around since the 60s and still makes ties in the U.S.


    Color swatches of the ties can be seen here: http://www.atomic.net/~neckties/images/DUPIONIscreen.jpg

    Gentleman Jim on June 1, 2009 2:49 PM:

    Love J.Press – I write about them from time to time as well. I am more into the bow ties at the moment, but overall everything form the current collections seems a cut above. What are you thoughts on Alexander Olch?

    GG on June 1, 2009 2:53 PM:

    Absolutely gorgeous fabrics thanks much for posting these styles. The colors look very nice as they age on these ties as well, something you would want to keep around for years and years.

    Should be noted that the Manhattan J. Press is having a few good sales at the moment, one of which is on their bathing suits which have exceedingly good patterns as well.

    Well Done.

    BobT on June 1, 2009 3:10 PM:

    I recently purchased my first J.Press shirt. A white oxford with a flap pocket. The fit is perfect. The shirt is not too baggy and not too slim cut.

    Question: The label says made in the USA. Where in the USA are they made?

    Michael Williams on June 1, 2009 3:23 PM:


    New Jersey.


    Lou from Louisville on June 1, 2009 3:23 PM:

    Bud Collins is rocking a J. Press bowtie on at Roland Garros today…or tonight…depending on locale.

    nick's your uncle on June 1, 2009 3:52 PM:

    Makes me want to wear more ties, or at least own more.

    Thom on June 1, 2009 4:45 PM:

    Would go perfectly with a raw silk pocket square. And I think mistaking the bows for pre-tied only speaks to their perfect form. If I could nail the bow on every tie I’d wear them all the time. Unfortunately it takes me about 1/2 hour to get it right.

    jeremy's your cousin on June 1, 2009 10:32 PM:

    What Nick said.

    Tintin's your Commanding Officer on June 2, 2009 2:30 PM:

    I gotta get in there. I keep walking by and waving at Wilder. There some very bright summer rep ties as well.

    Charles on June 2, 2009 2:49 PM:


    I thought all J.P. dress shirts were either Troy Guild or Fall River Shirt Co. If it’s not too much to ask, who makes them in NJ and how can you tell the difference?


    Michael Williams on June 2, 2009 2:52 PM:

    Troy Guild does make some shirt for Press, they are marked with the Troy logo. I believe Fall River Shirt Co. is kaput, not 100% about that, but pretty sure. I don’t want to say who exactly makes J. Press shirts in NJ — I don’t think the press folks would appreciate that.


    Young Werther on June 2, 2009 7:50 PM:

    Just received the first pictured tie in the mail – an absolute classic.

    Franklin on June 2, 2009 8:39 PM:

    This is my first time checking out this site, and I these J. Press ties are great. For those who wants that slimmed down look check out Saks later this month, guaranteed impressive.

    doane on June 3, 2009 10:24 AM:

    I really like the “colored pencil” look of the last one.

    Amit on June 3, 2009 11:12 AM:

    I think Jay Walter told me Individualized makes the shirts in NJ. That might just be mtm, though.

    Michael Williams on June 3, 2009 11:13 AM:

    The MTM shirts are made in NJ at Individualized. That is correct. The other shirts are different.


    Charles on June 3, 2009 3:31 PM:

    Sorry to keep this going off topic. I read that Fall River Shirt shut their doors temporarily after finishing last Spring’s run and will reopen for the F/W commissions they have lined up. I went to school in that area and am interested/invested in the area to say the least.

    Hugo on June 26, 2009 2:19 AM:

    That’s a lot of beautiful ties. My only reservation is that some of them combine colors that do not go together nicely. For example, I personally like #6 and #8, but the warm colors don’t go with the cool colors–IMHO, of course

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