Meet…Sophie Buhai
we couldn’t wait any longer for the sun (or warmer weather), so armed with Point Sur jeans, we headed to LA—the denim capital—to meet up with a few of our beach-loving counterparts. meet Sophie Buhai, a tried-and-true California girl who cofounded the line Vena Cava and has a thing for high-waist denim.

Hometown & current home
Los Angeles and Los Angeles.

You recently moved back to Los Angeles from New York. What has that transition been like?
It has been fantastic. LA is a very exciting city to live in right now. The city is really evolving. It feels like a very healthy, positive and inspiring place to live. Things feel new here—and people are very supportive of new galleries, fashion companies, book fairs, food spots, etc. I like to think LA has always been this great, but there is a new energy here, and people are responding.

Tell us a bit about what you’re up to these days.
I just moved into a house, so I’ve been really getting into interiors. I’m loving early ’80s interior books, old Terence Conran books and old issues of Casa Vogue.

Since moving back to the West Coast, how, if at all, has your style changed?
I’ve gotten into being chic and effortless. I know everyone says that’s the goal, but in LA, you really look silly if you’re even slightly dressed up. There is a lot of linen, denim, gauze and rattan happening in my outfits these days.

Speaking of easy dressing, do you remember the first pair of denim you really loved?
Yes! I still have them. They are a pair of high-waist Levi’s from the ’70s that I got at Wasteland in LA. I’m a big fan of the high waist—it’s so flattering.

So safe to say you’re a vintage addict. What’s your most recent acquisition?
My mom just gave me a pair of tan ’90s DKNY Grecian sandals. They are delicate and perfect, made in Italy. It’s the classics that get me.

Five things you can’t live without? Go.
1. My boyfriend
2. Sitting in the sun
3. Pilates with old ladies every week
4. Aesop geranium hand balm
5. The wonderful Internet

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Sabina Yannone for Ramirez Tran Salon and makeup by Gabi Pascua for the Wall Group.

To learn more about just how Point Sur denim is made in downtown LA, click here. Then, shop our entire assortment of Point Sur jeans here.

Game On
armed with 25,476 mah-jongg tiles (it’s a traditional Chinese game, a bit like rummy) and some serious precision, we headed to Hong Kong to set up a temporary storefront for our new store that would really make a statement. here, a look at how it turned out…

Stephen Kenn’s New Denim Sofa Will Make Your Jeans Jealous

this LA-based furniture designer has fast become a favorite of ours—from head men’s designer, Frank, to our store design team (his utilitarian-style sofas sit in several of our stores, including New York Fifth Avenue and Los Angeles’s the Grove). we swung by Stephen’s studio for a cup of coffee (Handsome Coffee Roasters) and some design talk.
Stephen, photographed in his downtown LA loft wears the 484 selvedge jean in raw indigo with the Wallace & Barnes workshirt in indigo dot and vintage boots.

You’re from Canada, what brought you to LA?
When I was 20 years old, my friend Steve Dubbeldam and I started a denim line in Edmonton called Iron Army. It was an idea that led us on a crazy adventure that landed us in Los Angeles. I was hooked. I haven’t been able to stop making things and exploring stories that inspire me.

Do you have formal training in furniture design?
I didn’t go to school for any type of design. I’ve always been curious. I learn so much from taking things apart, which leads me to understanding how things are made.

The East LA warehouse where you uncovered military materials ended up inspiring your Inheritance Collection. Is that where your love of craftsmanship began?
That warehouse is a very special place for me. I can get lost for hours climbing the piles and picking up objects and inspecting them.

Start to finish, how long does it take to design a piece of furniture. (They’re all made to order, right?)
Well, designing something can take months and months of stewing over ideas in my head, definitely a few sleepless nights and usually a few not-quite-right prototypes. But actually making a piece from the collection usually takes us four to six weeks. This gives us some leeway in case something unexpected happens along the way. And yes, they are all made to order.

Made in LA seems to be a buzzword right now, and you’re doing just that. Tell us a bit about what it’s been like to design and create a furniture line here.
I love LA because I live in LA. There are so many talented craftsmen embedded throughout the city. As for the appeal of making products in LA, it’s about more than the object itself at the end of the day—how it’s made, why it was made and who made it tell a rich story. That story, if communicated clearly, gets to live on after the object is purchased.

Are there a few places in LA that inspire you as a designer?
LA is too huge to list all my favorite spots. Strictly downtown, I love Alma for fine dining, Honeycut for cocktails, G&B in the Grand Central Market for coffee and the new Ooga Booga gallery space on Mission Road in Boyle Heights. The Arts District and Broadway are changing a lot right now, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop Stephen’s jeans, click here, and to shop his shirt, click here.


we headed down to Soho, where founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky recently opened their third salon, to hear what it’s like running a business with your best friend and to find out—with summer fast approaching— their preferred manicure hue.

Before starting their company, Nadine and Adair would often meet after work to get their nails done—but they found themselves wanting a bit more luxury and calm in what could be considered a cookie-cutter experience. “With a laundry list of things we would do differently, we finally decided to open our own nail salon,” Nadine explains. Between running their business and each raising young kids, the pair (who joke that they’re each other’s second spouses) have a lot in common. “Our strengths are complementary in a completely natural way,” says Nadine. “Certainly we care about our business, but we always put our friendship first.”

When they were creating their exclusive colors for J.Crew, the duo used their collective longing for summer as inspiration. “The colors are meant to put you in a cheerful mood,” says Nadine. And of course, their new location in the heart of Soho also played a role: Each polish is named after a street in the neighborhood (Prince, Spring, Hudson and Houston), and the colors capture the offbeat feel of the area that inspired them. “Prince is my go-to nail color this summer,” says Adair. “It’s a pale lilac, so it feels different than the typical summer pinks or reds.”

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Joshua Ristaino and makeup by Deanna Melluso, both for the Magnet Agency.

To shop tenoverten’s newest nail colors for J.Crew, click here. For details on our complimentary manicures event, click here.

we’ve got denim on the brain. with our new J.Crew denim in hand, we asked a few friends to pick a favorite pair to take for a spin. here, Roanne Adams Wahba, the founder of creative agency RoAndCo, shows us how to make a boyfriend jean office appropriate.

What person—dead, alive or fictional—wore denim best?
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall. Both were perfectly built for high-waist jeans.

Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
I was an avid vintage shopper back in my early teens. I used to rummage through my Aunt Louella’s attic—she had an amazing wardrobe—and once found the perfect high-waist, wide-leg, worn-in pair of Lee jeans up there. I don’t think I took them off for at least two years.

Denim aside, what’s your necessary indulgence?
Jeni’s salty caramel ice cream.

Photography by Alexey Yurenev. Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz and makeup by Moani Lee, both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

To shop our assortment of J.Crew denim, click here.

Meet…Hilary Tsui
we spent an afternoon hanging out with the style blogger and Liger boutique co-owner as she ably showed us around the Wong Chuk Hang neighborhood in some admirably high platforms.
Sketches from Liger boutique’s in-house label, OhMyGod, which Hilary co-designs with her partner Dorothy Hui.
To shop Hilary’s surf skirt, click here.

Everybody freak out. Sophia Webster™ for J.Crew is here.

the shoes we’ve had our eye on since our spring/summer ’14 presentation are finally here. we take a look back at how the outrageously cool collection came together (and begin the impossible task of picking a favorite)…

If there’s a period that most inspires Sophia Webster’s aesthetic, it is certainly her teenage years in the ’90s. From classic films like “Clueless” and “Edward Scissorhands” to musicians like Aaliyah, Gwen Stefani and Destiny’s Child (whose record hangs on her studio wall), pop culture from that era informs her eye-catching designs. With a penchant for pink, polka dots and hearts, she’s a fan of girly charm—but she always adds an edgy element. “I like the shoes to have a bit of attitude and character,” she says. “It would be boring if everything was overly feminine.”

One of Webster’s biggest fans? Our creative director, Jenna. After falling in love with Webster’s quirky heels, Jenna approached the designer about doing an exclusive collection for J.Crew. “It’s a collaboration in the truest sense,” explains Webster. “Jenna and the team selected their favorite looks, then I was let loose with J.Crew’s entire spring/summer 2014 materials and color palette. I was like a girl in a sweet shop!” The result is a unique combination of J.Crew colors with Webster’s signature embroidered details and tassels. Needless to say, we’re head over heels.
To shop the Sophia Webster for J.Crew collection, click here.

To see how our collaboration with Sophia Webster came about, click here.

Swim Fan
we’re pretty excited about the start of summer—long weekends, beach BBQs and, yes, new swimsuits. to help you get vacation-ready, enter our Beach, Please sweepstakes on Pinterest. in partnership with our friends at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’re offering the winner a five-night stay for two at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia. so get pinning, and don’t forget to send us a postcard.

Head over here and pin one of your favorite swim looks or a beach inspiration to your own board by May 23rd for your chance to win a five-night stay for two at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat and a $1,500 J.Crew shopping spree (that’s a lot of bikinis and cover-ups). Then, think sunny thoughts.

Clothing—and a cause—that aims to end HIV

with Mother’s Day around the corner, we’re showing our support for moms and their little ones through our involvement with BORN FREE, a campaign geared toward eliminating the transmission of HIV from mother to baby by the end of 2015. Jenna was one of 23 designers (and mothers) who created a limited run of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories for the cause.

Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu teamed up with the CFDA and Vogue to design two prints in support of BORN FREE. Designers—including Jenna, Stella McCartney, Miuccia Prada and Sarah Burton—used those prints to create pieces for the capsule collection for moms and babies. “BORN FREE is an incredible organization fighting for those who have no other spokesperson or advocate,” says Jenna, who designed this drawstring pant and a little girls’ skirt for the line.

100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the BORN FREE collection, available starting today on, will go directly to the sub-Saharan countries that need funds first. The J.Crew women’s pant ($175) and child’s skirt ($98) are both available here.

To learn more about BORN FREE and how you can help, click here.

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