our latest obsession, CODE, a new line from Lulu Frost
Everyone has a lucky number or a date they love to remember…now you can wear it.
Stacking the CODE numeral rings has become a J.Crew obsession. Kim wears her husband’s and daughter’s birthdays combined, while Marissa’s lucky numbers 3 and 13 share space with other treasures. Inspired by the typeface found on the doors in the historic Plaza Hotel, CODE rings are classic no matter how you wear them.
our Web design ace, Allison, kicks off the summer with friends on a French adventure
Our 10-day whirlwind in France started with macaroons and roses in Paris. Then we went to Avignon via train, where we rented a car and drove through Provence until we reached the sea. Highlights included the medieval city of Baux, the mountain that inspired Cézanne, the calanques of Cassis and more than one picnic. Très amusant!
Surfing is like being inside
the energy of the universe.
–A Sea for Yourself
As summertime surfing approaches, there is nothing better than putting on these old surf films to get inspired for a great session with some friends. These movies do a great job of capturing the timelessness of the surfing lifestyle. Above are stills of what makes these films so enjoyable to watch!
A Sunshine Sea, by MacGillivary + Freeman
A Sea for Yourself, by Hal Jepsen
Surfin’ Shorts, by Bruce Brown
Do you have questions about what goes on behind the seams here at J.Crew?
Go ahead and ask us on our Facebook page. Anything goes, from how our designers got their start to what colors we’re loving for fall. Then look for the answer here at 770/Behind the Line.
The color comparison of our Collection lookbook by blogger Diana of Miss.Moss was so remarkable that it inspired us to reverse the process. We asked Diana to curate an outfit that reflected the art—in the spirit of her color comparisons, which have developed quite the cult following.
Hot off the Monacelli Press and beautifully designed by Irma Boom, Landscapes in Landscapes opens the gate to 23 public and private gardens designed by renowned landscape architect, Piet Oudolf
A leader of the New Perennial planting movement, Piet Oudolf is internationally acclaimed for his emphasis on plant structure and near-exclusive use of perennials, which produce a constantly changing environment throughout the year. New Yorkers have become familiar with his work by strolling along the High Line and wandering through Battery Park. The book Landscapes in Landscapes chronicles the growth of his projects, beginning with a 350-square-meter private garden in The Netherlands and concluding with the 25,000-square-meter Nantucket Garden in Massachusetts. Overflowing with glorious photos of year-round gardens, hand-drawn plans, and color-coded plant proportions, Landscapes in Landscapes is an absolute feast for the eyes.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award runner-up
shares a few of his favorite things and possessions.
1. The wide cone and pearl cuff and studded bow pins from the J.Crew collection. 2. The small wave bracelet from my spring/summer 2009 collection. eddieborgo.com 3. The two-cone hardware bracelet (spring/summer 2010) is another classic from my men’s collection—I made this piece with stylist Keegan Singh. eddieborgo.com 4. A jack from my childhood. 5. A photo of my mother, Susan. 6. I wear this hat every day. I bought it at Arnold Hatters on Eighth Avenue in New York. Unfortunately, the store is no longer there.
Jack, our men’s stylist, hopped on the 6 train to visit
the J.Crew Men’s Shop on each end of Manhattan. Why? To find out how two staffers with very different style sported the very same sweater (our cashmere cardigan in eggplant)
First stop: The Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store.
Meet Bret, our downtowner: Good morning!
Morning! How’s it going?
Great. I love that bike—what is it?
It started life as a Schwinn actually, but I’ve customized pretty much everything. The green paint job is Kelly “Candy Paint”—I had it done at a place that usually does custom cars.
And is this your typical uniform? Sweater and chinos?
I find myself wearing a slim-fit chino probably three to four times a week. I don’t always wear a sweater, but I do think some sort of third piece is important to look like you actually got dressed today.
What does your hat say?
It’s says “New York Cosmos.” Staple Design made them.
Do you know those guys?
I used to sell my T-shirt line out of their store, Reed Space, on Orchard Street. As for the Cosmos themselves, yes, I do consider Pelé a friend.
This is a cool neighborhood—do most of your customers live around here?
About half live within a few blocks of here; the other half lives in Tokyo.
Do you have a favorite cardigan-wearing icon?
Next stop: The Men’s Shop at Madison Avenue.
Meet Andrew, our uptowner: Good morning, sir.
Good morning—welcome to Madison Avenue!
Thank you. I like your tie. Do you wear one every day?
I try to mix it up with a bow tie every now and then. And occasionally I’ll drop the tie altogether and just wear dark selvedge denim with a shirt and blazer. But without a tie, the pocket square is a must!
Is this a typical day for you, outfit-wise?
It’s definitely one of my go-to styles. I love color and you’ll find me in my red, sun-faded urban slim-fit chinos lot. If I’m not wearing my blazer, I’ll throw my cardigan over my shoulders to complete the look.
How many cardigans do you own?
Oooh, I have a lot of them. Cotton, wool, cashmere…a cardigan works with so many outfits!
How would you describe your typical customer’s style?
Well dressed and classic, but always looking for something new.
Do you have a favorite cardigan-wearing icon?
Steve McQueen and Paul Newman always looked good in cardigans, and I think they both could show off the dressed-up side and the casual side of the cardigan.
Thanks chatting with us—before we go, can you tell us where to get a coffee around here?
I usually run across the street and grab a coffee from Nectar Café. Or E.A.T. between 80th and 81st Streets on Madison Avenue always has something.
A retrospective showcasing the career of the photographer and filmmaker
To me, photography is an art of
observation… It’s about finding something
interesting in an ordinary place.
Elliott Erwitt Personal Best is now showing through August 28, 2011 at the ICP. This major retrospective showcases the career of photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt, the recipient of this year’s ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement. Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has taken some of the most memorable photos of the 20th century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit and a special sense of humor.
(post by Kristina Boiano, photographs by Elliott Erwitt via lightbox.time.com, icp.org)
After a recent trip to the vibrant city, our design twins divulge their Rio-inspired essentials
Whether your getaway is soaking up the sun while pounding the city pavement or strolling along the boardwalk, these chic, eclectic necessities reflect all of Rio’s eye-catching views.
1. Tote around all your beach needs and long-weekend shopping-trip finds in our bold Cozumel tote.
2. Embellished anklet sandals + floaty sundress = effortless chic.
3. Bhati Beads’ bright hues pop against a bronze tan.
4. essie® nail polish in Geranium for a Rio-perfect pedicure.
5. Don an ikat-patterned cover-up that doubles as a chic tunic to take you from the beach to a pool-side party.
6. Mimic Brazilian style icon Giselle’s beachy waves with SachaJuan Ocean Mist. (photograph by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue)
the 10* tunes that have us dreaming of summer days and tapping our ballet-flat, and MacAlister-clad feet
Here are a few songs that are going to get us through the summer—in and out of 770. This list was made as much for Monday mornings as it was for summer Fridays.
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
“Pacific Theme” by Broken Social Scene
“I Got” by Young The Giant
“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads
“Marathon” by Tennis
“Second Chance” by Peter Bjorn and John
“Stone Rollin’” by Raphael Saadiq
“The Girl from Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto
“Now That I’m Real (How Does it Feel)” by Chad Valley feat. Rose Dagul
“This Charming Man” by The Smiths
*Bonus Track: Jenna’s current favorite song “Bang Bang Bang” by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl feat. Q-Tip and MNDR
Sunglasses! They’re an easy way to
make it look like you have style,
even on those days you don’t!
–Marissa Webb, head of women’s design
Marissa, head of women’s design:
Panama Hat– “I pick up a new one every summer. It’s a must for bad hair days.”; Cutler and Gross® sunglasses; Bumble South surf spray; brightly colored scarves– “They have so many end uses; I carry at least two in my beach bag.”; my bike; pedicures are a must; Bhati Beads– “as arm candy to layer in with my usual gold.”
Dwight, men’s designer:
Honest Tea’s half tea & half lemonade (aka “Arnold Palmer”); J. Crew board shorts; J. Crew lightweight button-down shirts; Telescope 741 awning-stripe beach chair; Island Slipper flip-flops; Igloo marine cooler; Beastie Boys’ “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.”
Margot, marketing honcho:
J.Crew navy blue polka-dot bikini; my new patent leather Birkenstocks® from Madewell; Murad waterproof sunblock; iPad with a great beach read; The Lion King DVD– “to play in the car for my 2-year old during the long drive to the Hamptons.”; essie® Clambake nail polish; a big straw hat.
Lizza, marketing mademoiselle:
Summer uniform: matchstick jeans and a navy-stripe bateau top with capri sandals; tomato sandwiches (heirloom tomato, white bread, mayo, salt and pepper); Sea Bags®– “perfectly sized to fit everything for a weekend at the beach.”; LIRR 10-trip pass to the last stop, Montauk; Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters; Annie Hall– “for rainy days.”; Carole King (Tapestry).
Kim, buyer extraordinaire:
Vintage beach tote from Maine; mint chocolate chip ice cream from The Caboose in Cape Cod– “I have been going there since I can remember and cannot wait to take my daughter, Millie, there this summer. It is a family tradition!”; a straw hat; California Baby® sunscreen; Lotta Stensson’s beach cover-up; J.Crew Maryanne suede wedges in yellow; cropped white jeans with the perfect white blazer.
Trish, arbiter of online assortment:
Husband and kids; a beach; Kiehl’s sunblock; iPad; Marni sunglasses my kids got me for my birthday; my Schwinn bike; ALWAYS a hat!
Alison, web design ace:
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road nail polish; BAGGU® backpack; vintage-inspired swimsuits– “My fave is the J.Crew neon floral tank.”; Vita Coco coconut water; Salt-Water® sandals; vintage Levi’s® 501® cutoffs; my mom’s old, round Ray-Ban® sunglasses.
Holly, marketing design gal:
Worishofer sandals– “These sandals keep my feet happy when pounding the pavement.”; Turkish cotton towels; oversized sunglasses– “to keep the wrinkles at bay.”; J.Crew summer straw hat; essie® nail polish in Trombone; fresh mint– “from the farmer’s market for homemade mojitos with friends.”; plane tickets.
Dulci, catalog design chica:
Vintage Ray-Ban® Nueco sunglasses; J.Crew patent t-strap sandals– “I go for the black—they look perfect with a cherry red pedicure.”; Trader Joe’s sea salt body scrub; Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco conditioner; Presents for Purpose monogrammed travel backgammon set; Madewell Tulum dress; Nikon 3100 camera.
We sat down with the cocreator of the New Balance® 710 Rainier hiker (and one of America’s most respected mountaineers) to find out the behind-the-scenes history of our latest obsession.
Tell us a little bit about how you got into mountaineering. Was it something you did as a kid or something you discovered as an adult? What are some of the highest/coolest/scariest/most remote peaks you have summited?
I started hiking as a boy. My older brother, my twin and I were all in the Boy Scouts of America, and our troop leader was a World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division—he was the one who really got me into the sport. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, just west of Seattle, we were surrounded by the Olympic mountain range and the Cascades, so there were lots of mountains to explore. I became a charter member of the Mountain Rescue Council, the first in the U.S., and during college, I spent my summers guiding on Mount Rainier. After college, I served two years in the Army Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command and am now an honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division. I’ve been on expeditions everywhere from K2, considered the hardest climb in the world, to McKinley and Kanchenjunga. I led the first American ascent of the North Wall on Mount Everest in 1984, and I trekked the Himalayas when I was 80 years old. I’m planning a trip to Japan later this summer and hope to revisit Mount Fuji, after climbing it 45 years ago.
How did the collaboration with New Balance come about? Was it something you initiated or did they reach out to you?
It all started when I developed an ulcerated toe while I was climbing K2. The base camp doctor blamed it on a lack of circulation, and had me wear my New Balance sneakers while it healed. Well, I wore those sneakers all over base camp and even about 100 miles down the glacier—and I realized if they just had lugs on the sole, I could wear them almost anywhere. I reached out to Ed Norton at New Balance, and the Rainier was born.
Tell us about the 710. What was your hope when originally designing the boot—was there a void you were looking to fill, something that you felt was missing from all the other boots out there?
There was definitely a void. Conventional thinking at the time dictated that climbers wear rigid boots to support the ankle and prevent it from rolling. But a stiff boot is like a corset for your ankle—it constricts the muscles and actually prevents them from developing and building up strength. And the reality is that all a climber really needs—even when carrying a 60- or 80-lb. pack—is to not slip. A boot with good traction and some stiffness in the sole is the key, and the more lightweight it is, the better. That’s why the Rainier was such a breakthrough.
Where has it been? What is the most treacherous ascent it has made?
It’s been on Mount Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga, to name a few…
Kendall, our Madewell wordsmith, and her Chihuahua/rat terrier mix, Geronimo.
The skinny on Geronimo:
Nicknames: G-mo, G, Grubbles Age: 5 and change
Where does the name hail from?
I thought it would be funny to have a little dog with such a big name…and it totally fits his personality.
Is he named after anyone?
The Apache warrior, of course.
Where are his favorite pit stops in the city?
Tompkins Square Park is his jam. He also likes to get his Brooklyn on and go to McCarren Park.
What’s the best thing about having your pooch?
Aside from the 24/7 cuteness, I love how the second I got him, I started meeting everyone in my neighborhood. I had lived there for two years and never spoken to anyone.
What’s his splurge food?
He lives for baby carrots, but he’d never turn down a French fry.
If your pup had a human voice, whose would it sound like?
Either Snoop Dogg’s or Woody Allen’s, depending on his mood.
Describe your dog’s personal style. Argyle Heir
Stay tuned, as our Pet Project series will continue each Friday…
our design twins headed to Peru to explore and seek inspiration.
From exploring the town of Cusco
to hiking the Inca Trail, this was
a South American adventure that
we’ll never forget.
We headed to South America in search of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We hiked four days on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (which deemed more physically challenging than anticipated), then jetted off to Rio for surf, sand and sun. Two completely different countries but one amazing trip.
Our trip started off in Cusco, a small town close to the Andes Mountains where we spent two days adjusting to the high altitude (about 11,500 feet above sea level) before heading out on the Inca Trail. The cobblestone streets were lined with colorful hand-knitted hats and accessories (1). Women paraded around with llamas (2) in hopes of making a couple soles for getting their photo taken. Tourists gathered in the Plaza des Armas, shopping for souvenirs and drinking coca tea to prevent altitude sickness.
Our 26-mile hike to Machu Picchu was an achievement all in itself. We endured three nights of camping (one of which was -8 degrees Celsius), steep inclines in the rain and intense migraines from the high altitude. But all that was worth the amazing scenery along the way—we saw everything from waterfalls to luscious green mountains that were so high, we were literally walking in the clouds. And then, at sunrise on the fourth day, we made it to Machu Picchu (3) or “old mountain.” Words cannot describe how sacred this place felt. But after sitting there admiring one of the natural wonders of the world, only one thought came to mind: “It’s not the destination but the journey that makes a trip worthwhile.”
John, our maestro of store training, on a recent trip to London.
From the buzz of a big city
to the tree-lined streets of a quiet
neighborhood—I can’t overstate
how much I enjoy this town.
In what’s becoming an annual tradition, I hopped a last-minute flight to London. If you’re headed there, be sure to stop by Albam for must-get men’s clothing (I would’ve bought the whole store if I could) and Polpo (it’s just down the block) for a cool cocktail and great eats—sit at the bar by the window for the best people watching.
(clockwise from left to right) Kensington Gardens: flowers and sunshine in London. If you ever needed a clearer sign that spring is here, you’re not going to get it. The Orangery: Now a café near Kensington Palace, it was built in the 1700s to store—what else—oranges. Perfect for a spot of tea in the sunshine. The Tube: the only way to get around the city. I spent a lot of time in this station. Low Tide: There’s nothing cooler than catching an artist at work. The Thames’s low tide provided this artist with his canvas. Home Away from Home: At the end of a busy day, it always felt good to turn the corner onto this street (I don’t think I ever saw any of these cars move). London Bridge: It fortunately wasn’t falling down when I took the picture.
Lauren, our marketing and blog design darling, and her King Charles, Scout
All about Scout:
Nickname: Beaners Age: 11⁄2 years old
Tell us how Scout came into your life.
He was my college graduation present and has truly been the gift that keeps on giving!
Did you name him after anyone?
My first dog was named Jem, from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (my mother was an English teacher), and after Jem passed away I decided to name my next dog after the other kid in the book, Scout. But the genders have been flipped!
Where are Scout’s favorite hoods in NYC?
Fort Greene Park—he was born in Vermont, so he enjoys the grass between his paws—and he loves to sit on my lap outside Smooch, a local café, while I drink a latté and he people watches.
What’s the best thing about having your pooch?
What are his splurge foods?
Popcorn…oh, and he enjoys pretzel nuggets way too much.
If Scout had a human voice, whose would it sound like?
Hugh Grant. It’s the English roots and those eyes.
Describe your dog’s personal style.
Urban rustic. As much as I don’t want to be the girl who dresses up her dog, he gets super excited when I pull out a cable-knit dog sweater. Canine Styles in the West Village makes the best coats for the harsh New York winters. His signature piece is his handmade rope leash by FOUND MY ANIMAL. The three-way convertible leash is great, and the proceeds go to dog shelters.
Any other funny behaviors?
Scout hates to fall asleep before I do, so if I’m up late working, he struggles to keep his eyes open. His head starts to bob like a human and he squints his eyes and then opens them superwide to try to stay awake.
Tell us about Scout’s hairdo. Does the mohawk indicate a wild side?
He was born with it! People always ask if I cut it that way, but it’s all natural. I think he secretly wishes he were a bad-boy dog, like a Rottweiler. But truth be told, he is a total lovebug.
Stay tuned, as our Pet Project series will continue each Friday…