Jenna’s Twitter #Takeover

This morning at 7AM, Jenna took over. (Just Twitter, not the world.) In those 3-1/2 hours, we learned: she’s lived in New York for 27 years, she loves emojis, she’ll happily take a #selfie with you if she gets to edit the shot, and her walk to the kitchen is a hallway lined with shoes. Really, it is.

Did you miss Jenna’s Twitter Takeover? Check us out on @jcrew and catch up on the action from our spring/summer 2015 presentation by searching the hashtag #jcrewnyfw.

Jenna’s Twitter #Takeover
This morning at 7AM, Jenna took over. (Just Twitter, not the world.) In those 3-1/2 hours, we learned: she’s lived in New York for 27 years, she loves emojis, she’ll happily take a #selfie with you if she gets to edit the shot, and her walk to the kitchen is a hallway lined with shoes. Really, it is.
Did you miss Jenna’s Twitter Takeover? Check us out on @jcrew and catch up on the action from our spring/summer 2015 presentation by searching the hashtag #jcrewnyfw.

Men’s Casting Call

Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.

Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 

Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.

Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.

Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.
Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show. Men’s Casting Call
Casting day is a favorite for the ladies in our office: It’s when our head menswear designer, Frank, and our stylist, Jack, pick the models for our spring/summer 2015 presentation next week. Follow our diary for a look at what’s to come.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 
Check back daily for more behind-the-scenes glimpses as we get ready for our spring/summer 2015 presentation on September 9th during New York Fashion Week.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew and search #jcrewnyfw for of-the-moment updates on our show.

Behind the Design: Wool-Silk Scarves

Our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, discusses the inspiration behind our wool-silk printed scarves. Read more here.

Behind the Design: Wool-Silk Scarves
Our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, discusses the inspiration behind our wool-silk printed scarves. Read more here. Behind the Design: Wool-Silk Scarves
Our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, discusses the inspiration behind our wool-silk printed scarves. Read more here.
Behind the Design: Wool-Silk Scarves
Our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, discusses the inspiration behind our wool-silk printed scarves. Read more here. Behind the Design: Wool-Silk Scarves
Our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, discusses the inspiration behind our wool-silk printed scarves. Read more here.

Discovered: WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie™
they’re identical twin brothers. they speak French and English perfectly. they created a carryall-turned-clutch bag exclusively for us that our entire office is obsessed with. so, yes, we were pretty excited to take a look inside the Chelsea studio of Dexter and Byron Peart, the design duo behind the cult travel-goods line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
Dexter and Byron were photographed in their Chelsea showroom. They split their time between here and Montreal, where they design the line.


We’ve got to ask: What’s the story behind your name?
It literally means “want the essentials of life.” The name captures our desire to stick to the essentials and create a curated selection of products for specific situations.

How did growing up in Canada influence your design aesthetic?
We’ve been living in Montreal for the better part of 15 years now, so that’s where we call home. We grew up speaking French and English, so there has always been juxtaposition between European and American sensibilities in our lives. The brand has that duality too: It’s uptown and downtown, French and English, for women and men, technologically forward thinking and steeped in history.





Tell us about the materials you use.
Everything starts with the quality of the raw materials for us. We travel all around the world asking people what’s new, what they’re excited about. We use sustainable organic cotton, leather from a tannery in Italy and even go to a show for the most technologically innovative zippers in Tokyo, Japan, every year!

What’s it like working together as brothers?
Although we’re identical twins, we have very different reference points, but we’re both super-committed to making the best product possible. We travel together and design together, balance each other and challenge each other’s ideas. I don’t know how many twins have the luxury of working together, but it definitely works for us—we even live in the same building!

What are you inspired by?
Definitely the building we live in, in Montreal. It was built in 1967 but still feels so relevant. We’re always trying to push ourselves to create designs that will still feel relevant in 50 years’ time.



What are your three travel essentials?
1. An iPad. (We’re constantly on ours.)
2. Our Liberty Travel Wallet. It was one of the first pieces we made in the collection, and we made it as organized and functional as possible.
3. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm—it has the most beautiful scent.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Shop our WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie for J.Crew large two-way tote from our Discovered assortment here.

Follow @jcrew for an inside look at our adventures with #Discovered on Twitter and Instagram.

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Highlight Reel: Jenna Lyons
in between putting the finishing touches on our own fall presentation, Jenna made the time to show her support for the likes of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists SUNO and Wes Gordon, as well as dear friends Maria Cornejo and Joseph Altuzarra, by attending their shows. here, a closer look at her last few action-packed (and snow-dusted) days.
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Photography by Bryan Derballa.
Explore more behind-the-scenes action from New York Fashion Week here.

Behind the Shoot: Flower Making with Confetti System

Nick and Julie, the minds behind New York-based CONFETTISYSTEM, create
the coolest party decorations out of paper. we enlisted their help for a recent
Style Guide shoot and sat down to talk design inspiration and perfectionist tendencies.

Our set design team recently collaborated with paper-wielding wizards Nick Andersen and Julie Ho of CONFETTISYSTEM, who have been working with J.Crew since 2010.

Nick and Julie, both Martha Stewart Living alums, work out of their New York studio where each design is meticulously crafted by hand. (We’re perfectionists, obsessed with building and refining,” Julie says.) In the case of the flower garlands they designed for J.Crew, two days were spent creating more than 200 individual flowers and leaves for each strand. They worked with our set design director, Tracy, to carefully select the tissue-paper color based on the wedding and party dresses used in the shoot. “We’re really inspired by simple materials,” says Julie. “In the end, we just really want people to have fun with what we create.”

Next month, look for flower garlands by CONFETTISYSTEM in the store windows of our bridal boutique at 91 Fifth Ave in New York City. Shop our full weddings and party collection here.

 

On location: Hello, Tokyo!

this month, we took to the vibrant streets of Tokyo, Japan. in between
shots, our crew managed to squeeze in a spot of souvenir shopping…
Sushi-shaped candy: “I brought these back as a cute gift for my coworkers.
Love the whimsy and tongue-in-cheek quality they have.
And, as with everything else in Japan, the packaging is just exquisite.”


—Gayle, head women’s stylist

Tenugui: “These are hand-dyed cotton cloths called tenugui. They feature
traditional Japanese patterns, and people in Tokyo use them for anything
and everything—gift wrap, headbands, lunch boxes, you name it.”


—Brian, crewcuts prop stylist

Handmade brushes: “I bought these handmade brushes in a tiny store in
the Asakusa neighborhood. You can find all sorts of traditional
Japanese items there, from makeup worn by Kabuki actors to
horsehair toothbrushes like these.”


—Allison, associate stylist

Soy sauce bowl: “This beautiful soy sauce bowl comes from a store called
Pass the Baton, which sells used items and traditional Japanese goods.
All the used pieces have a tag telling the story of where they come from and
their past owner—a really unique and personal touch.”


—Allison

Fashion Week: Behind-the-Scenes

a sneak peek at the pre-presentation action
(All photos courtesy of Bryan Derballa)

Fashion Week: Presentation Preparation

while our presentation may have felt like it was over in a New York
minute, it took weeks of planning (not to mention late-night coffee
runs). here’s an exclusive look at how our team pulled it all together…
Our head women’s designer, Tom, and head women’s stylist, Gayle,
carefully deliberated over the looks for each model (then tucked
and pinned them to fit flawlessly).
Graphic florals, stripes, and denim—aka instant outfit perfection.
Our make-up artist tried out different eye and lip combos to perfectly compliment
this season’s palette. (Stay tuned for our tutorial on how to do the look yourself!).
The designers and stylists chat fashion week, and create their own “J.Crew front row”.
The model board, where each look is paired with the just-right girl.
The calm before the storm in our presentation space at Lincoln Center.

Behind the Scenes: A crewcuts Close-up

we shot this month’s crewcuts catalog at the historic Brooklyn
Botanic Garden in New York and dug up some artful inspiration
from their archives while we were there
Left: The funny photo that caught our stylist’s eye (it was taken in 1923 for a popular
children’s magazine).

Right: The pose it inspired for our September catalog.


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