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A perfect stranger came to Jackson & Connor on a Saturday afternoon and said, "I'm going to take my wife for a surprise date. I haven't done this since we were dating, we've had three kids, and I really want to delight her. I want to look really sharp, and I thought this would be a great place to do that. Can you help me out?"

We went to work.

"I love this," he said, as he handed me a dark blue shirt. We picked out some pants that went perfectly. He found some socks he loved, and a stunning black leather duffle, some pocket squares...45 minutes later, he loved most of the things in the store.

He was almost in shock. "This was the best clothing shopping experience I've...ever had. I felt great coming in, I felt so comfortable working with you, and I love what I'm taking home with me. Thank you."

That's what we do at Jackson & Connor. We provide a stunning curated selection of men's clothing and accessories -- from jeans and tees to sport coats and custom suits. We're dedicated to providing the best possible service, a warm atmosphere, personal attention, and a discerning eye for details.

Most importantly, we love to do what we do -- it's our passion to work with our customers. Our little store on the 2nd Floor of Thornes Marketplace in downtown Northampton is always buzzing. Stop by J&C, and see what menswear is all about.

If you want incredible upscale menswear, you have to go upstairs to Jackson & Connor.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Fashion Guide 2014

Last week, the Daily Hampshire Gazette published its annual Fall Fashion issue for the Pioneer Valley, and the Jackson & Connor spread looked fantastic! You can check it out here.

We typically shoot one model in two different outfits, so this time to try something different, we did two models in two outfits.

Mary Carol Skinner is a good friend of the store, and blew it out of the water with this outfit:

Mary Carol wore Alberto Ceramica five-pocket pants -- a remarkable trouser. They're made entirely of synthetics, and yet they still breathe, have an open, woolly hand and work dressed up or down, any season but the dead of winter. The textured white shirt with cuff detailing comes from Luchiano Visconti, as does the vest. We love this one -- the lining is a nautical print featuring old sailboats, knots, harpoons and the like. The water repellent belted double-breasted black trench coat is from Ralph Lauren, and features a quilted button/zip-out lining to adjust for the wide range of temperatures we get in fall.

Kevin Ward is a newcomer at Jackson & Connor, and willingly offered himself up as our modeling guinea pig.

Kevin wore a Fezza medium gray nailhead two-piece, two-button suit, and wore it well. These suits have been cutting slim, but they're a great price, and work well on a slender frame. The Shirt is by Luchiano Visconti, the necktie is Braemore Neckwear, one of the newer lines at Jackson & Connor, but a big favorite of ours (and of our customers). Each necktie is handmade in their Canadian factory, and they feature twelve hand-stitchers just to put the finishing thread down the center of the seam. The boutonniere and silk pocket square are from Edward Armah -- Edward is one of the nicest guys in the industry, and one of the most creative. His innovative pocket rounds, boutonnieres, carte-poche and other items were already a smash hit -- now he's introduced leather goods and accessories, neckties, hats, and a robust array of new patterns. Just check out some shots of Edward's booth at the S/S 2014 MRket show:

 Pretty cool, huh? Our models were amazing -- thanks to them both! More shoots coming up, including a big one...so stay tuned.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

First look at Fall '14: sporshirts

It's September at Jackson & Connor, which means that we're getting new merchandise in every single day. In the last week or so, we've gotten a ton of incredible new shirts from Gant, Bill's Khakis, Ingram, Luchiano Visconti, Borgo28, Report Collection, Arnold Zimberg, Alex Cannon and more. Check out what we're putting out on the floor...

Gant red and yellow cotton flannel with BD collar

Report Collection light blue houndstooth with BD collar

Luchiano Visconti purple sportshirt with purple paisley tipping

Report Collection gold and grey check

Ingram plaid sportshirt

Arnold Zimberg faded sportshirt with shoulder yokes

Alex Cannon check shirt

There's tons more arriving daily -- come upstairs and see what's landing at J&C.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Clothes are Talking

Your jeans, your shoes, your shirts -- even the socks you're wearing right now are talking about you. Or maybe a better way to put that is, they're talking for you, and saying all kinds of things about you to other people. It took a long time for me to grasp this simple concept, that our clothing is a very loud bullhorn of sorts, broadcasting various messages about us to the people who we encounter in our little daily adventures.