"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 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. This place is amazing."
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.
The Jackson & Connor story
Jackson & Connor is a remarkable little store offering incredible clothing, currently owned and recently acquired by young entrepreneur & menswear devotee Will Brideau. But to get the full story on J&C, you have to go back 40 years to 1978.
Chona Men was the first men's specialty store to occupy our space on the 2nd floor of Thornes Marketplace. Then-owner Betsy Stone came by the store one day saying, "Men's fashion was really opening up back then. New colors, new styles, and all the attention was focused on the fit. We didn't carry a pants waist size above 34." With brightly colored walls and a staircase to the first floor in the back, it was a store on the cutting edge of men's fashions at a time when things were really starting to open up in menswear.
Chona Men was open from 1978-1988, when the company was purchased and renamed Taylor Men. Taylor men ran from 1988-2004, and saw some remarkable employees come though, including two young ladies named Tara Tetreault and Candice Connors. Four years after Taylor Men closed, Tara and Candice reconnected and opened up Jackson & Connor in that same space. The idea was that there was still a huge need for high-end menswear in Western Mass, and this storefront (which sat vacant for four years) was the perfect place to do it. For the longest time, it has been the place to do it.
Tara and Candice opened Jackson & Connor on March 15, 2008. It was a ton of hard work, but they grew J&C into a thriving business over the next five years, with a solid repeat clientele, funky sales, catchy promos and a strong dedication to the community. In 2013, both owners decided to get out of menswear -- Candice wanted to dedicate her efforts to her direct marketing work, and Tara (a new mother) wanted to dedicate hers towards her family and perhaps some retail consulting.
Will Brideau was Jackson & Connor's first employee, 2 1/2 years after the store opened. He didn't care a whole lot for men's clothing, but after very little time, started to get a sense for it...and then a taste for it...and an obsession with it. Tara and Candice taught him everything they knew about the business. Menswear was -- and mostly still is -- the only thing on his mind.
Since taking over Jackson & Connor, Will has brought his own touch to the store's layout and styles, while preserving the elements that have always worked for the store -- terrific selection across a range of styles and prices, with attention to details and service.
J&C is a remarkable place. We'd love to have you come up and visit us.
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Who We Are
Will Brideau - Owner
Jackson & Connor's first employee, Will started at the store in 2010. He caught the menswear bug pretty fast, learned a ton, and the industry quickly became an obsession for him. Will worked closely with owners Tara and Candice for three years, until becoming the new owner of J&C in November of 2013.
Will is usually in Monday - Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, and is off every Sunday.
Will is the youngest of five children, and grew up in Rochester, NY. He came to Western Mass to attend Hampshire College in September of 2004, and decided to stay when he graduated in 2008. Will lives with his partner Rebecca and their daughter Zooey. When he isn't working or shamelessly gushing over fancy suits, Will likes to spend time with his family, play blues harmonica, and drink equally fancy whisky.
Casey Dion - Senior Associate
Casey is a western Mass. native who grew up in Holyoke, and never owned a tailored suit before starting at Jackson and Connor. He spent most of his time jumping around the area’s food and human service industries before making the switch to the world of men’s fashion. In his spare time, Casey trains in Kung Fu and pretends to play the guitar between beers.
Having been an avid fashion fan for as long as she can remember, Alana is excited to take her first steps into the menswear world. Coming from a four-year jewelry retail background, Alana sees clothing as the compliment and is eager to experience the fashion world from another angle. After all, what's a suit without a tie? To her, nothing is more satisfying than putting together a stellar outfit that anyone would be proud to wear.
From New York, to Maine, to Massachusetts, the places Alana has lived (and went to college in) all offered unique and exciting prospects. Little Northampton won out with its small town feel, but big city accessibility. As a recent graduate of UMass Amherst, she's ready to take the world by storm and learn all she can about the industry.
While constantly admiring the new neckwear, Alana also loves to make her own jewelry, cuddle up with a good video game, and fight the urge to buy that new Too Faced eyeshadow palette.
In The Community
Jackson & Connor is proud to be involved with charities and organizations in Northampton, and the greater Western Mass area. It's all well and good to sell our wares and grow our business in the community -- but what do we give back? Here's some of the amazing foundations and organizations we partner up with:
Best Buddies of Western Massachusetts (esp. the Annual Best Buddies Fashion Show!)
Friends of the Homeless
Tuskegee Airmen Veteran's Association
The United Way of Hampshire County
Dakin Humane Society
CHD/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
Pioneer Valley Ballet
Northampton Rotary Club
League Legends Foundation
Baystate Children's Hospital
UMass Fine Arts Center
Easthampton High School
Northampton High School Athletics