this fall, our men’s design team suggests that you… Go hiking in the Catskills. Learn to build a fire (sit, stoke, sit some more…). Listen to Stranger Ballet by the Poison Control Center. Make pumpkin pie (with this recipe). Get spooked at a haunted house (local favorite: the ghost tours at The Merchant’s House Museum). Mull wine (boil 1 c. sugar, ½ grated lemon rind, 18 cloves, 5 cinnamon...
770’s Worst-Kept Secrets
office obsessions that have spread like wildfire 1. Astor Place Hairstylist—the old-school barber both Jack, our men’s stylist, and Aaron, our muse of the month, swear by. Jack says, “Try Valentino—he’s great with old movie references. I usually ask to look like James Stewart as George Bailey.” 2. Hammond’s marshmallow caramels—according to one unnamed sugar fiend, “They’re life changing.”...
Vest in Show
Maggie’s seasonless in-vest-ment piece (see what we did there?) What do you do at J.Crew? I’m the assistant accessories designer for handbags, hats and gloves. Does your vest have a history? I bought it at Goodwill for $7 while visiting my sister in Texas. I got a lot of bang for my buck. If your vest could talk, what would it say? It would probably ask for a vacation…or at least to be...
we say, embrace rainy fall days—here’s how to do it in style 1. Tarte waterproof mascara—just in case. 2. Stuck inside? Catch up on your correspondence with this card from egg press. 3. A timeless trench. 4. Our Weatherby rain boots. 5. Barbour® dog jacket (Otis will thank you). 6. Rain perfume by Demeter (to get through those infuriatingly long spells of sunny days).
Fall 2011 Playlist
OK, enough about the spring collection (for now at least). here are the tunes that Jack, our men’s stylist, played on repeat during the presentation of our current fall collection. and yes, we actually saved his playlist until now so we could unveil it on—dum-diddy-dum—the first day of fall (call us sentimental). “Airwalker” by Jeremy Jay “Anything New” by Bibio “At My Heels” by Twin...
Muse of the Month
to send off summer in style (today is officially the last day), we’re showcasing a week’s worth of outfits worn by our favorite shorts-with-heels enthusiast: Nantucket native and women’s designer Aaron What is your role at J.Crew? I design for the women’s wovens team, currently focusing on denim and washed product. Where are you originally from? Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Do...
Drawing the Line
our spring 2012 collections are recreated here by artist Richard Haines, who attended our presentation at New York Fashion Week with sketch pad in hand Find more work by Haines on his blog, What I Saw Today. (photo credit: NYMag & J.Crew)
Nautical by Nature
a micro-trend spotted among the 770 office staffers Mixing stripes with a dash of animal print is a perfect way to transition your summer stripes into early fall. 1. Lizza accents her polished navy look with a double dose of animal prints. 2. Lauren keeps her look casual with cutoffs and oxfords. 3. Molly plus one balances out a bold-hued pant with an animal print scarf.
British Things We Love
to celebrate the launch of our UK site (we now ship across the pond!), we enlisted some in-house Anglophiles to divulge those British things they could never imagine life without “When I’m not spending too much money on artisanal, brewed-by-the-gods tea at Dean & Deluca, PG Tips tea is my standby. Whenever I find it, I buy a box or two. You know, in case the Queen comes over.”...
our food-fanatic staffers are flipping for the bountiful harvests from local farms This summer, our office became completely obsessed with our weekly deliveries of fresh produce from Mountain View Farm. Not only did they make it a snap to get our recommended servings of fruit and veggies (now that the pyramid has been replaced with an entire half plate, some of us need all the help we can...
Fashion Week: The Beauty Report
our beauty experts share their tricks of the trade We wanted the girls to appear almost like soldiers—a uniform of perfect, flawless skin with slicked-back hair and a pop of color on the lips… —Gayle, our stylist Inspired by Vanessa Beecroft installations and the color of New Zealand peonies, we wanted the girls to appear almost like soldiers—a uniform of perfect, flawless skin...
Fashion Week: Seen & Heard
we put a few guests at our spring presentation in the hot seat… NINA GARCIA, Marie Claire fashion director Thoughts on the presentation? I love it. It’s such a spirited collection—full of color, full of happiness. First Fashion Week memory? My first show was Calvin Klein, and I used a fake ticket from another editor. That’s my first memory—getting in with an adulterated ticket....
Fashion Week: Backstage
behind-the-scenes pics taken moments before presenting our women’s spring collection Want more? Check out our Facebook page for all the backstage shots.
Fashion Week: Backstage
behind-the-scenes pics taken moments before presenting our men’s spring collection Want more? Check out our Facebook page for all the backstage shots.
Fashion Week: First Look
we’re on a post-presentation high after showing our spring collection at Fashion Week this morning. here’s a sneak peek at the collection, with plenty more behind-the-scenes buzz coming soon… Check out the full online lookbook at style.com.
Fashion Week: Getting in the Mood
it’s a big day here at 770—we’re at our very first New York Fashion Week to present our spring 2012 collection. take a sneak peek at the mood board our head women’s designer, Marissa Webb, put together for inspiration. P.S. This is just the beginning…there’s more behind-the-scenes Fashion Week scoop on the way.
Prepping for Fashion Week
tomorrow morning marks our very first presentation at New York Fashion Week. so how did we prepare? let’s just say Starbucks did very brisk business last week… Monday 9am: Putting it all together. Women’s designers Marissa and Somsack mix and match the collection to get the outfits just right. Tuesday 11am: Location, location, location: scoping out the space where our presentation...
770’s Worst-Kept Secrets
office obsessions that have spread like wildfire 1. The Hour on BBC America—because everything’s better with a British accent. 2. Teux Deux app—quite possibly the best designed to-do list ever. 3. Cider doughnuts from Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire—worth the road trip. 4. Fran Wilson® MOODmatcher—retro-cool drug-store beauty at its best. It gives that perfectly cliché bitten-lip look. ...
around the office, girls are letting their wrists do the talking. from bright hues to heavy metal, each set is completely unique. We’re loving the look of layered bracelets at 770. Mixing friendship bracelets, beads, bangles and watches gives every girl’s wrist a collected, eclectic feel. The more color and contrast, the better. Liv, one of our accessory designers, lends a hand to her...
just in time for New York Fashion Week, a roundup of stationery we’re loving that takes cues from the world of fashion 1. Clever hat cards from Rifle Paper Co. 2. Wide-stripe wedding save-the-date that’s reminiscent of a sailor tee, from Cheree Berry Paper 3. Madras personalized note card from the Stationery Studio 4. Argyle-inspired thank-you card from Hammerpress 5. Herringbone...
our summer PR intern Taylor’s back-to-campus essentials 1. A leopard scarf—because lecture halls are notoriously frigid. 2. Yellow satin ballet flats—these are my happy shoes. 3. Statement bracelet—it makes even jeans and a tee look pulled together. 4. Striped hoodie—way cooler than your standard sweats. 5. Cable cardigan—I’m loving the old-school prepster vibe. 6. Toothpick jean—I...
our summer IT intern Matt’s back-to-campus essentials 1. Camp socks—because white gym socks are not the best look… 2. New Balance® sneakers—because I always end up sprinting to my first class. 3. Ebbets Field Flannels® hat—the best way to hide just-got-outta-bed head. 4. Plaid shirt—my go-to date shirt. Yes, I have a date shirt. 5. Knit tie—I’m into the natty professor look. 6. White...
our top tunes for savoring the last days of summer 1. Frank, men’s designer: “Rosemary” by Scott Walker 2. Jenna, creative director: “I’ve Been Thinking” by Handsome Boy Modeling School, featuring Cat Power 3. Marissa, women’s designer: “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley 4. Tom, wedding designer: “Metronomy” by The Look 5. Jack, men’s stylist: “African Lady” by Jonathan Richman and The...
End-of-Summer Reading List
we keep spotting the DODOcase™ for Kindle peeking out of bags and desk drawers at the office, so we asked around to find out what everyone’s reading right now Frank, men’s designer: Just Kids, by Patti Smith Jenna, creative director: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote Jenny, crewcuts designer: The Pun Also Rises, by John Pollack Tom, wedding designer: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum...