You know those items from way back when that you really wish you’d saved but didn’t? The classic Barn Jacket definitely makes our list. How our men’s design team ended up resurrecting this timeless style: One of the designers was perusing an online auction site and ran across the original 1992 J.Crew Barn Jacket, complete with corduroy collar and plaid flannel lining. After outbidding woodsman22 and crew4eva, he recreated it for our fall collection in a slimmed-down fit, with additional pockets and a latch at the collar. So two decades later, what’s old is new again—only better.
Marilyn Monroe and Princess Grace (not to mention our mothers) are among the A-list ladies who made their mark with a monogram and who not so incidentally have all-around impeccable style. Our women’s stylist and fashion director, Gayle, suggests an unexpected twist: “Try adding a monogram on something unexpected, like the cuff of a patterned chambray shirt or piped pj’s. Experiment with just one letter or a fun combination like XO.” In this particular case, a scarlet letter is a very stylish thing…
when we’re not obsessing over polka dots, prints and the perfect pun, we spend summer weekends booking it to the beach, accompanied by a great read. here are a few books that kept us hooked:
from top Fifteen, Beverly Cleary
“My mom received this book as a gift from her cousin in 1976 and gave it to me when I was—you guessed it—15! It’s the sweetest story of a young girl who falls in love for the first time, and I think I’ve probably read it about a dozen times. Plus, I love that the cover looks so retro—it has really held up well!” —Maddie, copy maestro
Then Again, Diane Keaton
“Diane Keaton has always been one of my personal icons. This window into her personal life and her relationship with her mother was an absolute treat to read. I even own an autographed copy!” —Katherine, intern extraordinaire
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
“Admittedly a book I only picked up upon Oprah’s recommendation. But I have to say, it was such a good read. Franzen has a real knack for creating wonder out of the seemingly mundane. Five stars!” —Hanah, web wizard
How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley
“To be frank, I LOL’d. This book, as well as Crosley’s previous work, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, is a hysterically accurate narrative of post-college life in New York. An indispensable read for the twentysomething, or really, any age.” —Christine, digital design maven
Men who kept journals over the years: Lewis and Clark, Winston Churchill, the Hardy Boys. Chances are you’re not documenting the terrain of the Oregon Trail, musing over the opener of your Nobel Prize acceptance speech or keeping track of clues, but you’re definitely writing down something important—even if it’s just your daily to-do list. Introducing Delfonics, a Japan-based brand known for their colorfully bound graph paper notebooks and ballpoint pens on the desks and in the back pockets of just about everyone in Tokyo. Fortunately we got our hands on a limited number of their wares, so pick them up before they disappear. (Note taken.)
One of our art directors shows off his own Delfonics notebook.
It’s said that every woman needs a classic white shirt in her wardrobe. We’d like to amend that fashion rule, please, to say every woman needs a classic white shirt with detachable sparkle in her wardrobe. Cue our current infatuation from J.Crew Collection, our elevated line of limited-edition pieces. Draped in crisp broadcloth with buttons down the back and topped with a hand-placed embellished collar, it’s the ultimate melding of menswear-inspired simplicity and silver-screen siren glamour (think Marlene Dietrich in Morocco). Our designers sought inspiration for the collar from a collection of 1950s bow ties and made it detachable so you can wear it alone or mixed and matched with your other tops. Proof that a little sparkle can go a long way…
we’re wearing our heart on our sleeve (literally) for this adorable patch our associate stylist, Allison, sewed onto our favorite chambray shirt. download the PDF to get instructions on how to make it yourself…