There has been a fair amount of press around the new directions JC Penney has been taking under the leadership of Ron Johnson (of Apple and Target fame). I was a bit surprised when I heard Nick Wooster (men’s fashion world street style icon ) had made the move from stints at Neiman’s and Park and Bond to head up the men’s design direction for the new JCP. I decided to go check it out myself in my “local” JCP in the Middletown Galleria Mall. Ok, I was totally impressed. The basics for spring were right on mark with striped sweatshirts and polos and flat front cotton shorts in terrific colors. The cuts where definitely slimmer and better fitting than the vanity sizing that was previously JC Penney’s style (F’ing HUGE). There where also some definite stand outs in suiting as well, I loved the cotton blazers under the Stafford line. Great modern cuts, nice fabric and clever detailing. There is no reason why most of these basics could not be woven into any wardrobe. As a side note there were some nice pieces in the new line from JT, William Rast- like the Indigo cotton jersey blazer ( I have one from the Japanese label Engineered Garments that was 5X the price) and the waxed cotton camo jacket/shirt. Definitely geared to the modern style-forward customer—and I’ll tell you—most of the stuff was sold out….