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Established in 1902, J. Press is a pillar of tailored Ivy League style in New Haven. J. Press desired to return to the neighborhood where they were originally founded and had an opportunity to purchase the former Tyco printing building facing the popular Broadway triangle. Newman worked with J. Press to gut renovate the building and create a three-story flagship store that brings a sense of celebration to the streetscape. New windows, a rebuilt cornice, repointed brick, new awnings and flags, and custom signage, illuminated at night, provide a lively façade for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Inside, a straightforward and flexible layout allows a small staff to run the store efficiently and securely. Plentiful custom millwork of rift sawn oak, new white oak floors, a bulldog tile mosaic, and brand elements designed in collaboration with J. Press’s brand designer come together in an interior environment that reflects permanence, quality, and iconic collegiate stature. Artifacts found in the previous location’s storeroom, including antique mirrors and historic tailoring accoutrements, are repurposed as décor features.
The second-floor custom tailoring/made to order shop reimagines a turn-of the century tailor’s shop for modern customers. The third-floor offices and basement stock storage allowed the company to consolidate e-commerce operations into the new location. To improve the sustainability of the historic building, new mechanical systems and new vinyl windows increase energy efficiency. Awnings do double duty as sunshading and branding opportunities.
Since the new store’s opening in summer 2022, J. Press reports a significant, ongoing increase in sales. Newman is currently working with J. Press to design the rear courtyard, which fronts York Street, as a parklet and outdoor event space.
Senior Associate, BIM Manager
Associate Principal, Director of Interiors