New York sporadically greets its denizens with a bone chilling gloom this time of year. Last night was no exception as I ducked into the grand opening of the first Jack Rogers Flagship on New York’s Upper East Side (1198 Madison Ave). I was greeted with a gratuitous hug from design director Steven Stolman immediately after he paraded around the store in my eyebobs. The man is a character—the iconic Jack Rogers guy.
For more than 50 years, Jack Rogers has cultivated a legacy that embodies an effortless, chic, All-American style. Born on the streets of Capri, the Navajo sandal immigrated to America courtesy of style icon and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Kennedy favored it’s elegant ease as a relief from the formalities that her official life demanded.
The Navajo sandal became an immediate hit in 1961. First made by small, independent cobblers in and around Palm Beach, the iconic sandal is still made by hand in Florida. Not only does the flagship carry their full line of footwear, womenswear, accessories, girls’ clothing and footwear but men’s ties and pocket squares in go-to-hell shades. Madison Avenue just got a little sunnier.
Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy walks past a group of onlookers March 31, 1961 as she leaves St. Edwards Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL after attending Good Friday services. The first family was in Palm Beach spending their Easter holidays. Image via the Associated Press