we sat down with the decision makers at Barbour®, one of our favorite heritage brands that’s world famous for their waxed cotton outerwear, to find out a little more about the brand’s past—and their future How did the initial design of the iconic Barbour jacket come about? The original focus of the company was always waxed cotton garments. In the beginning, we had no design department, no...
Pair it, Wear it
Let’s talk Tippi: Meet our new favorite sweater in merino, with chic three-quarter sleeves. Check back for a new pick every week. PAIR IT: with an armful of colorful resin bangles (we say the brighter, the better) and crisp white jeans. WEAR IT: to a clambake on the sand (we’re majorly savoring summer).
get up close and personal with our men’s merchant, Teddy, as he rocks our Ludlow jacket his way Describe your style… I’m a big fan of classic, laid-back style—I grew up in Southern California, so I’m inherently drawn to a more casual approach to dressing. I’m also inspired by iconic American actors and the male leads from French New Wave films. What do you do for J.Crew? I help find the...
You asked for it...
in response to questions on our facebook page, the story behind in good company. (p.s. stay tuned for next week’s answers, all about handbags.) Last month, curious Facebook fans asked us about what goes on behind the seams here at J.Crew—and we got a ton of questions about our collaborations with other brands. So here’s the lowdown from Tracy and Jamie, our curators of In Good Company for...
The Talk of the Gown
Save the date: Our wedding designer, Tom, will host a live chat all about aisle style tomorrow on the J.Crew Facebook page. Tune in from 2:30-4pm ET.
Poppy King for J.Crew
our latest collaboration is a whole new hue Our favorite go-to beauty tip is adding a bold lip color. We are partial to a quirky coral but could never find one that was just right, so we called in an expert to help us make our own! This season we have collaborated with Poppy King to make our dream lip color: a bit of red with a hint of coral. It’s the perfect shade of Poppy. Worn here by a...
Black + White
this summer, two exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art play with the colors of black and white with dramatic impact Richard Serra Drawings: A Retrospective presents a comprehensive overview of the work of this American artist, featuring immense works that highlight Serra’s treatment of the color black, which he saw as much more of a material than a color, with its own weight and...
our ultimate transitional frock paired with our latest lipstick obsession I love the tonal quality of the floral dress palette against the dusty lilac lip. –Gayle, our superstylist Along with our go-to Maisie dress, we spied a new lipstick shade on the pages of the August catalog—so we asked our superstylist and lipstick aficionada, Gayle, to divulge her usually best-kept secret. The...
Get up close and personal with our media minister, Shawn, as he rocks our Ludlow jacket his way. Describe your style… On more than one occasion my look has been described as a sea captain, the Gorton’s Fisherman or Rex Harrison’s character in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir…which makes sense, because I’ve always been obsessed with the beach and I watched endless hours of television in the ’80s...
our men’s designer, Dwight, whips out his ruler “Once you’ve got the fit right on a suit or sportcoat, the next most important detail to pay attention to is the width of your lapel—too wide and you’ll detract from any gains you’ve made in the fit. Our Ludlow suit has the perfect width for a classic but modern lapel. At 2½” you won’t look like a new waver from the ‘80s, but you will...
Summer Art Inside and Outside the City
our second favorite cheap summer thrill For those who fret at the museum over how much to pay as a suggested admission, two venues are making your lives a whole lot easier. City Hall Park in lower Manhattan and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College offer free admission—no strings attached—to two knockout exhibitions this summer. Twenty-seven sculptures by Sol LeWitt (or structures, as he...
DODOCASE™ for J.Crew
our men’s stylist, Jack, on why it’s the best (and only) jacket for his iPad 2 I love this case—it’s made using traditional bookbinding techniques. Rather than that super-techy neoprene, it’s made of Moroccan cloth, so it looks more like a journal than a wet suit. Sent from my iPad Jack
from the desk of Marissa Webb, head of women’s design 1. I love to collect vintage buttons. I picked these up from an eclectic little store in the Lower East Side. 2. This is dear to me because it’s a sketch of my pug, Max, drawn by Somsack, one of the stars of my design team and a close friend. 3. My brother’s nickname for me is “the littlest dragon,” because he says my appearance belies...
our intern’s 12 summer tunes to keep you cool throughout the season. Our IT intern refilled our blog with refreshing new tracks that are sure to carry you through summer—whether you’re shopping downtown or taming the surf. As always, this list was made as much for Monday mornings as it was for summer Fridays. “Death to Los Campesinos!” Los Campesinos! “NYC Girl,” The Orion Experience ...
A Perfect Summer Date Movie
Ruth, our master of store decor, reviews her latest adored flick Set in Wales and directed by British filmmaker Richard Ayoade, Submarine is a stylish, original, funny and offbeat love story. Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate (who reminds me of Dustin Hoffman circa The Graduate) is looking for a girlfriend while simultaneously trying to save his parents’ marriage. Dad is a depressed marine...
Pretty in Green
our casting chica, Courtney, picks her natural beauty essentials. First things first: I love Diet Coke, cheeseburgers and Sour Patch Kids. I sometimes keep the water running while I brush my teeth and leave my cell phone charger plugged into the outlet for days. Recently I have been making baby steps toward a more earth-friendly, natural and healthy existence and have found the beauty world a...
a roundup of our staffers’ favorite pics This summer is all about cheap thrills. That’s why we’re loving the recent crop of photo apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, priced from free to $2.99 and turning our everyday snaps into mini works of art. The best part? With interchangeable lenses and filters, it’s shaping up to be a photo-finish summer. (post by Dulci Cuprill)
just in time for tomorrow,a trend report on our go-to hue for summer Fridays From sapphire stripes to true-blue chambray, we’ve noticed the cool color cropping up everywhere in our offices right before the weekend. Above, five stylish staffers sport head-to-toe-ensembles in our pre-getaway shade of choice. 1. Go for contrast, like an icy cobalt (our inkdip popover) against a warm, faded...
from the sketchbook of our accessory designer extraordinaire, Frances The feeling of how he (Irving Penn) portrayed those bags not as style icons or fashion pieces but as part of our every day… When we were developing the Marlow style, I was really into Irving Penn still-life photographs. They are oddly old-world and somehow timeless, and his images are filled with layers and a kind...
inside our guy-on-the-go’s beach bag… Summer’s in full swing—our beach-bound guy spills his canvas tote. Shop all our very cool carryalls at jcrew.com.
inside our beach beauty’s straw tote… Just in time for the 4th, our sun worshipper spills her beach bag. Shop all our pack-and-go carryalls at jcrew.com.