Friday, January 13, 2006

If You Thought Short Pants Were Shocking! Jay Kos Offers Spring Clothing During – The Spring!!

Jay Kos marches to the beat of his own drummer.

The fact that he carries absolutely beautiful suits is well known, but he also offers a very nice hat selection (any selection at all is getting hard to find in NYC) and he also devotes a surprising amount of space in his Lexington Ave. store to children’s wear.

What Jay does, though, that is really unheard of is offering season appropriate clothing that actually reflects the weather outside.

Each season designers ship (at the request of stores) their collections earlier and earlier, to the point that you can bet the coldest day of the year will see the new Spring collection hitting the sales floor. I’m all for keeping stores looking fresh with new merchandise but the whole system is now out of whack. Some price-points have figured out how to do this well (like women’s designer bridge collections) by shipping 11 or 12 months of the year but even they are really too early with a lot of styles.

In menswear this usually works in our favor, If you can just hold off on that seersucker suit that you first saw in January, you could buy it on sale (May 25th) before it is ever warm enough to actually wear it.

I give Jay credit; stores have always told me that competitive store markdowns really test customer loyalty .
I think it speaks to the power of offering unique products and strong customer service in keeping customer loyal while markdowns are everywhere.

So what do you think?
Do you like buying shorts in a snowstorm?

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  1. Otto

    January 13, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    Is he a very small man with a tiny head?

    I’m all for a substantial tie and knot but this rig gives him pinhead illusion.
    I’m not too hip, so maybe the pinhead look is hot at the moment.

    Does anybody even say hip anymore?
    I’m an old beatnik.

    Snug jacket lets him loose some winter insulation and keep a good fit.

    I like the long coat sleeves and unbuttoned shirt sleeves, though there will always be naysayers.
    I often wear mine that way so my wrists are covered when driving topdown. I don’t care if some mistake me for Khrushchev.

    Otto

  2. Anonymous

    January 14, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Otto, why you gotta rag? The guy’s handsome. And if anything, he’s got a large head.

    Quit commenting on the photos and start reading the captions.

  3. Anonymous

    January 14, 2006 at 6:41 am

    No one is perfect and this site isn’t about beeing perfect.
    It would be boring to see perfect outfits all the time here – if that’s what you want to see just buy fashion magazines and you don’t have to moan about “normal” people.

  4. crowslanding

    January 14, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Otto,

    Please keep posting your commentary. It’s sort of like a second blog — a blog within a blog. Nice.

  5. Otto

    January 15, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Diction Nazi,

    Let not yer vigilantism and alertitude ever fault her.
    It is the price of librity.

    Otto.

  6. The G Manifesto

    February 20, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Jay makes some nice suits..

  7. Anonymous

    October 25, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    I like the way the jacket fits–natural shoulders and nipped in at the torso. I don’t like the big tie knot–I know that’s been “in” for some time, but it doesn’t appeal to me. I wish Mr. Kos would create a website–I’m a college student in Kentucky. I won’t be coming to New York anytime soon.

  8. Hogan Bassey-Antia

    August 30, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Not at all keen on the sleeve cuff-undone look that Italian men seem to get off on….and on this slightly chubbie fellow…….I will keep mum!

    This slightly nonechalant disheaved style of dress was ´invented ´by the late ´Giannini´Giovanni Agnelli who died tragically from cancer and was the true heir apparent of Fiat having turned around Piaggio scooters.
    In interview I was always unimpressed with this ´sartorical ´look he empolyed, whilst always puffing away on an obligatory marlboro…..

    In my humble opinion, I believe he employed this look to set his own trend and also to distinguish him away from his uncle, the late great style-setter; Gianni who began the Italian trends of wristwatch-on-shirt cuffs, buttondown tie-knotted collar undone and and tie outside v-necked sweater look, which lots of Italian men try to emulate but have never ever bettered…..Afterall In Italy immitation is the better half of flattery…!

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