For those in NYC, Jay Kos has just opened a new location on the east side of Park Ave. between 57th and 58th. It's a touch more user-friendly than their other location, which is kind of like an overpriced, overstuffed attic. Merchandise now is displayed like any store that's asking for a lot of money for clothes -- odd how that makes a difference, at least to me. Anyway, they have Edward Greens (no Westons) and, as Uptown, lots of their own labeled stuff -- sweaters, shirts, jackets and suits. I tried mightily to get the name of the Italian tailors who make their suits and jackets. I was told they were 4th generation tailors (for whatever that's worth) and that the only product they make for the US market is for Jay Kos. When I point blank asked for the name they said they wouldn't give it out and that other retailers have tried to get the name, especially Purple Label. I noted that the sleeve lining had the same yellow and black stripes that a St. Andrews suit and Arnys jacket I own have, the youngish fellow who looked to be in charge told me "they're of a much higher quality." I assured him I was not with the trade, but that didn't make any difference. The jackets were fairly unconstructed (half lined, no padding) and had a fairly lean cut. They seemed a little longer and not as boxy as an Attolini, but a little thinner than Kiton. All 2 button, interestingly. Actually I found it to have the same cut as my St. Andrews, but of much higher quality. The wool flannel jackets were $2400 (a bit less than Kiton or Attolini, no?) Several corduroy suits and jackets. Several very attractive tweeds. Not to many standard business suits. I find their coloring to be fairly bright and well-done for an American store.
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12/17/03 at 3:28pm