Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Real J. Peterman Company

If you watch reruns of Seinfeld on television, you may recognize J. Peterman as Elaine Benes' quirky boss. (She was once fired by him for her dislike of the film, "The English Patient.") But, did you know the J. Peterman Company is a real business founded by J. Peterman, a living, breathing, flesh and blood entrepreneur?
The clothing, accessories and home goods retailer was launched in Lexington, Kentucky in 1987 by John Peterman, who also traveled the world and played minor league baseball for 3 years.
The upscale, yet affordable merchandise sells mainly online. There is a warehouse type of store in Blue Ash, Ohio, site of its present headquarters. The offerings are luxurious, practical, unique; and yes, sometimes quirky. You will find tailored suits and cotton dresses, fine wale vests and English umbrellas, as well as, Italian leather totes, hooded European raincoats and authentic English pub signs. J. Peterman calls his inventory "uncommonly good." Expertly made apparel, accessories, luggage and housewares that are frequently one-of-a-kind. People will stop you in the streets to ask where you got your articles.
His catalogues are fun to peruse. Product descriptions are written with a cheeky sense of humor, and the items are shown as drawings, rather than photographs.
Like the man, himself, nothing about the J. Peterman Company is run-of-the-mill, lackluster, or ordinary. Take a browse: Like an off-the-beaten-path road trip, it's a glorious idiosyncratic adventure!

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  1. Dearest Debra,
    Always liked that catalog with the numerous drawings; quite a work of art!
    When shopping at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga, there used to be a large outlet store of J. Peterman Company and it was fun to rummage through there.
    Sending you hugs for a happy weekend,

  2. I absolutely loved the whole J. Peterman thing on "Seinfeld." I have never seen the catalog, but will enjoy a browse based on your recommendation.

    What a great post, Debra.

    Cheers, M-T

    1. Marie-Thérèse, You can call or go online to order a catalog; and a look online gives you a good sense of them too! If I write something up about a company or product, I always link it to the website (when possible). The link is in blue -- click to get there.