The Bloke in Pasadena Magazine’s Best Of Summer Issue.
The story of cartoonist Ryan Cecil Smith and his purchase of a beautiful Drake’s madras blazer from The Bloke.
Just in time for Henley Royal Regatta week, we're releasing a brand new striped blazer in 100% lightweight cotton. And we're naming this jacket in honor of a store we love in Pasadena, California: The Bloke.
A little bit of London came to visit the most British part of Pasadena this past weekend. You guys all know by now that I’m trying my darndest to make classic menswear happen in LA. Every weekend I keep seeing black tie dinners, soirees, and trunk shows in London, Stockholm, and NYC.
While J. Press was busy reopening a proper flagship store in New York, something else was happening in Los Angeles. Jeffery Plankster, a commercial director and host of the jazz radio show that featured me last year, has opened a retail store in LA’s historically most preppy enclave of Pasadena.
Into this odd environment steps The Bloke, a new shop which specializes in the intersection between traditional English aesthetics and American Ivy style, with a dash of mod for good measure. Owner Jeffery Plansker is new to retail, having led a career as a director in advertising to this point, but the store has a personal feel.