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Great nyc men's shops of the past


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Dec 26, 2003
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Maybe not as far in the past as some of the mentions here, but the old Jay Kos shops (Park Avenue, and Madison Avenue locations) provided my introduction to finer clothing. Jay has a more fashion-forward store in Nolita now, but I'll always remember his uptown shops. Such a distinct point-of-view and eye for texture/color. Just before the Madison Ave. shop closed, he had an unbelievable clearance sale. I must have picked up 8 or 10 of those beautiful Shetland sweaters.
Doesn't count..... he is still in business, though a little different merchandise mix.


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Was at Jay Kos in Soho summer two years ago and asked
the sales person if they still carried tailored clothing. Got
a blank stare. When they were up town a few years before,
they had a collection of beautiful sport coats, yet very
distinctive in terms of fabric and hue. I would have bought one,
but they all had ticket pockets, a negative for me.


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here are few more that were more affordable for all of us trying to break out the 1950s juvenile delinquent look into college preppy...
DeSilva (west 46 st)
House of Cromwell (lexington ave in the 50s)
Alvin Murray(grand conourse in the bronx)
Sir George (outside the ccny campus in upper harlem)
McCeedy & Schreiber (west 46th) for shoes that had names of exotic places and were custom stained to any shade of brown
Leading Man Greenwich Ave around 10th st,Village Squire Village 8th St near 6th ave,Paul Sargent west 4th st,Shed House west 4th st,limbo St Marks place,Different Drummer Lexington around 62nd street,Blue and White Shop 60th between Park and Madison,Hertling Madison ave 50’s,De Noyer 60th or 61 between Lex and 3rd.Worked at Alvin Murray, shop next to Jhan’s on Bainbridge was Jay Eff,Stores on Pelham Parkway area White Plains Road Town and Country,,Fox’s,Nat Prospect.Craig Scott,a few othe stores. on the Grand Concourse Phil Schaffer,Simon Ackerman,Richelieu custom shirts,I left out a few they will come to me

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