It’s official. We’re set to open our first UK store (which will house men’s, women’s, crewcuts and J.Crew Collection) on Regent Street in Mayfair late next year. Here, a look at our most recent visit across the pond.
it’s that time again, and we’re sending a big congrats to the winners of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. To kick off our upcoming collaboration (it’s set to debut next spring), we invited winners Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman, Tabitha Simmons, and Jennifer Meyer to our office for a visit. Here’s a sneak peek and stay tuned, there’s more to come.
The CFDA winners smile for the camera moments after receiving their awards.
Last week the winners visited the J.Crew offices to meet with Jenna and team.
Grand-prize winner Greg Chait, known for his supersoft knitwear designs, reviews swatches of our custom-colored cashmere.
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up footwear designer Tabitha Simmons (left) and Jenna (right) engage in a stylish shoe square off.
Los Angeles-based fine jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, who first learned how to make enamel jewelry from her grandmother at the age of 6, matches her nail color to her cocktail ring.
we went to Long Island City, New York—where 12 ties are handmade per hour—to dig around the workspace of Mane, where they’ve been cutting, stitching, and hand-finishing many of our ties for the last 10 years.
At Mane, ties are made just as they were more than 50 years ago, and we take our time doing so. Here, about 12 ties are handmade per hour. (Versus 100 ties per hour produced by factories who make their ties using a machine.) The secret to a tie falling perfectly flat is the weight of the interlining, which gives it shape.
Although we scour the globe to source fabrics from the finest mills across Italy and England, each tie is still handmade in New York. A tie has to be cut on the bias at a perfect 45-degree angle with a handsaw in order for it to drape properly.
“They would get together to talk about the industry and promote manufacturing in the U.S.,” says Mane president Nick Sackett of the association members and his grandfather, who is pictured in this old photograph that hangs on a wall in his office.
“It takes years of experience to wrap the fabric around the shell and sew it together as beautifully as they do,” says Nick of the skilled craftspeople at Mane.
A tie is finished by hand and then inspected for quality before it’s sent out.
“I never dreamed of sharing a stage with Annie Leibovitz and Zaha Hadid, and I never imagined I would have an occasion to wear Bulgari 40-carat emerald-and-diamond chandelier earrings,” Jenna said of being an honoree at last week’s Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. “It was a dream night. Thank you to Glamour and thank you to Bulgari.”
As for that bow tie—did she do it herself? “No,” she quipped. “It required a SWAT team.”
a few years ago on a trip to Aspen, Jenna and our team discovered superslick
Italian ski line Authier. we fell for the high-tech details, like military-standard
insulation and heavy-duty zippers, as well as the more charming ones,
like the nostalgic label sewn onto the inside of each jacket.
Authier, the 100-year-old ski brand that was recently revived by Aspen local Lee Keating and brand creative director Gustavo Sangiorgi, is designed with smart details in mind. Case in point: Hand sewn into each one of the jackets, puffers and vests is a label featuring an iconic Italian ski destination, like Cervinia, Sestriere and Asiago, along with whimsical illustrations that capture the jet-set glamour of the sport’s heyday.
Learn more about Authier (pronounced “O-T-A”) here, and explore our entire collection of outerwear.
interior designer and style blogger Heather Clawson is the creative force
behind the wildly popular blog Habitually Chic. she captured both Frank’s
and Jenna’s offices for her first book, Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work, and
offered us an exclusive look at some of the shoot outtakes from
her visit to our Manhattan headquarters.
When it came to putting together her first book about creative types and the very workspaces that inspire them, Habitually Chic’s Heather Clawson immediately thought of J.Crew’s own Jenna Lyons and Frank Muytjens. “Even though Jenna’s office has been seen online and in magazines before, it never looks the same,” says Heather. “It had even changed from the time I stopped by to take scouting photos to the day I shot it for my book.” She describes the assortment of subjects, which includes jewelry designer (and past J.Crew collaborator) Dana Lorenz of Fenton/Fallon and auctioneer Richard Wright, as “a chic mix of uptown and downtown, young and old, established and up-and-coming.” Heather says almost all of the people she profiled have offices filled with incredible inspiration boards that offer a glimpse into the subject’s head. (Clearly Jenna and Frank were no exception!)
For her first book signing in New York City, Heather wore our traditional British-inspired hacking jacket in sheer mint—one of her favorite cool-weather staples. Shop it here.