A Moment with…Ursa Major®

we chatted with former New Yorkers Emily and Oliver of men’s grooming
line (and In Good Company partner) Ursa Major about life in Stowe,
Vermont, and their powder-day strategy…
What’s topping our wish list…
“A waffle-maker and the J.Crew sequin Etta pumps. (OMG, who
doesn’t want these shoes?!)”—Emily

“A good pair of binoculars and a pair of Fair Isle camp socks.”—Oliver

How to survive a Vermont winter…
“Get your blood moving with an outdoor activity. We’re partial to
back-country and cross-country skiing.”

“Layer up on wool and stock plenty of wood for the fire.”

“Drink ‘Oli’s hot chocolate’—a mix of good chocolate, organic milk,
Stroh Rum and maple syrup.”

The Bees Knees in Morrisville is a great place to go to warm up: they’ve got
live music every night and the menu focuses on local and organic produce.
Emily gets the tofu burrito and I get the Boyden beef burger.”

On a powder day we…

“Head straight to our favorite lines in the woods with our friends in tow.
(George, our tripawd bulldog, stays at home.)”

The biggest misconception about men’s grooming products…
“Guys are quick to say, ‘I don’t need that.’  The truth is, most men could
really benefit from a simple daily skin care regimen.”


Meet David

founder and CEO of tumblr.com, amateur motorcyclist
and cool guy featured in our latest fall ad campaign—find out
more about David below

Meet Henry

design architect, Londoner and cool guy featured in our
latest fall ad campaign—find out more about Henry below

Meet Carlos

architect, creator of Arquiste perfumes, city fanatic and
cool guy featured in our latest fall ad campaign—find
out more about Carlos below

This Week’s Discovery

The Barn Jacket™
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.


Meet Joe

contemporary-art business director, Vans® collector and
guy featured in our latest fall ad campaign—find out more
about Joe below

This Week’s Discovery

Delfonics® notebooks and pens
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.


This Week’s Discovery

Saint James® espadrilles
Friends Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, who carried on in the heady days of 1920s Paris, shared similar interests: wine, women and…espadrilles. Traditionally crafted with a slip-on cloth upper and a braided rope sole, the shoe was—and still is—the ultimate in casual cool for expat creative types and pretty much anyone else wanting to look good beachside. We partnered with French company Saint James to produce an espadrille with the same stripe design found on their iconic fisherman’s sweater. Constructed in France in breathable cotton, they’re updated with a rope-banded rubber sole for an authentic look with better durability. A Lost Generation classic—and you’ll only find them here.


This Week’s Discovery

PLAY Comme des Garçons®
It’s never been particularly manly to “heart” something—until now. Introducing PLAY, a cool offshoot line from renowned Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. The Tokyo-based brand—notoriously denoted by a quirky heart symbol created by Polish artist Filip Pagowski—is a favorite of our head of men’s design, Frank. “They make everyday layers, but the logo makes them stand out a bit,” he says. Keep in mind we were only able to get our hands on a limited number—style like this is hard to come by.
A close-up of Pagowski’s PLAY logo.


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Behind the Seams: A Short Story

an exclusive look at how one of our favorite men’s
designs, vintage tent shorts, comes together
Our vintage tent shorts are constructed of sturdy weathered canvas from actual 1940s-era tents. Once we receive the designs, we give them our stamp of approval (literally).
(from top left)

Our graphics guru, Tito, designs each stamp in-house, then takes them to be custom-made in the East Village, just steps from our office.

One by one, the shorts are hand marked by one of our men’s designers.

A close-up of the interior pocket after being stamped—we also number each style in the limited-edition collections.

The finished product.

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