Catalog Hall of Fame

some of the creative minds behind our catalog
share their favorite moments from over the years…
Sheilini, Catalog Art Director:
March 2008
“This is the front cover image of the catalog—we shot at Richard Neutra’s iconic 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. The house in the background was the perfect backdrop for the model sitting at the edge of the pool—it set the tone for things to come. And it was shot at night! How cool is that?”
Jack, Men’s Stylist:
June 2008
“This was shot in Morocco with British model and amateur boxer Will Chalker. We had a tight color palette of khaki, olive, white and orange, which worked perfectly in the desert. It was also one of our last catalogs shot with film, so the photos have a very ’60s cinematic feel.”
Gayle, Women’s Stylist:
Fall 2003
“My all-time favorite was the Ireland catalog. It truly marked J.Crew’s new beginning with Mickey and Jenna at the helm!”

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.”
3. Blue Bottle Coffee—the Brooklynites among us, including Frank, our head of men’s design, are die-hard fans of this local coffee spot.
4. Dia:Beacon and the Gerhard Richter show at London’s Tate Modern tie for most-talked-about art excursion.
5. Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed—it does double duty on cheeks and lips, according to Courtney in casting (among others).

(image credits: coffee, blue bottle brooklyn)

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 Shadow
“Devils Hearts Grow Gold” by La Sera
“Freddie and the Trojan Horse” by The Radio Dept.
“Greenleaf” by Generationals
“I Remember” (Printed Palms Remix) by Yeasayer
“Internvales Theme” by Javelin
“Je T’aime Moi Non Plus” by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
“Kites” by Geographer
“Leave Everywhere” by Toro Y Moi
“Seeing Is Believing” by The Superimposers
“Still Sound” by Toro Y Moi
“Ten-Twenty-Ten” by Generationals
“Verona” by Geographer

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.

End-of-Summer Playlist

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 Modern Lovers
6. Laura, crewcuts designer: “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

(post by Matt Pastorius, photo by Katie Boiano)

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 McCann
Jack, men’s stylist: Paul’s Boutique (33 1/3), by Dan LeRoy
Marissa, women’s designer: Life, by Keith Richards

Dispatch from Russia

Jack, our men’s stylist, shows us his
on-set snaps taken while shooting our
September catalog in Saint Petersburg.
1. “We had to break for foot traffic while we were doing this shot on the bridge.”

2. “Our local security team.”

3. “Arthur, our model, and a soviet-era hatchback, shortly after his arrival in Russia.”

4. “Back to the location van for a wardrobe change.”

check out the rest of the men’s travel notes on

(post by Jack O’Connor)

A Sneak Peek at Fall’s Perfect Uniform

sent from Jack, our men’s stylist,
while on set at our November shoot
My favorite everyday at-work look for fall—a black cashmere crewneck, dark rinse 484s and a pair of brown leather penny loafers.

(post by Jack O’Connor)

DODOCASE™ for J.Crew

our men’s stylist, Jack, on why it’s the best
(and only) jacket for his iPad 2
I love this case—it’s made using traditional bookbinding techniques. Rather than that super-techy neoprene, it’s made of Moroccan cloth, so it looks more like a journal than a wet suit.

Sent from my iPad

Summer Style Icons

We asked a few of our insiders who their
style icons are, plus how they’re channeling
them with our warm-weather items
1. Frank, our in-the-know head of men’s design
“Alain Delon in Purple Noon…hands down!”
A long-sleeve indigo-stripe crewneck

2. Jenna, our always-chic creative director
Slim Keith
J.Crew gladiator sandals and a café capri in bright red with a crisp shirt

3. Gayle, our superstylist extraordinaire
Lauren Hutton
—A crisp white J.Crew perfect shirt with oversize vintage Levi’s®

4. Jack, our do-it-all men’s stylist
David Byrne
—“White on white on white!”

5. Jenny, our head crewcuts design whiz
“Audrey Hepburn in her polka-dot bikini”
J.Crew’s high-waisted polka-dot bikini with matching halter top and a men’s blue oxford shirt

(image credits: 1, 2, 4, 5)

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