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The Story of J. Alden Clothiers

J. Alden Clothiers opened its doors in 1993 in the historic village of Essex, Connecticut. Our intention has always been to offer the finest clothing and furnishings while providing the highest measure of service possible.  


As the need for our clothing and services increased, we found it necessary to move to a larger location on Main Street in the center of the village. We have always been fortunate to have a large clientele from the Connecticut shore and from around the world. Our business continues to grow thanks to the influx of new families moving to the Essex area as well as the increased number of visitors through the Internet.  

In January 2020, a fire at the adjacent  Black Seal Restaurant caused massive smoke damage within J. Alden. A full month's detailed cleaning and painting inspired their theme of " Refresh and Renew", as well as a new direction for the brand. Upon its re-opening in spring 2020, J. Alden officially launched a women's clothing and accessories arm of the business, overseen by founder Jim D'Alessio's beloved wife, Amy. Together, Jim and Amy remain committed to serving the Essex community with high-quality products and customer service that has been synonymous with J. Alden since 1993.

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