Double Up: Denim and Dots

the perfect pairing—very ladylike meets very laid-back

Spotted for Fall

we’re rounding out our wardrobe with punchy polka dots—
you’ll find them scattered on sweaters, skirts, shoes and
practically everything else in our fall collection

Style Stars

the perfect patriotic outfit (you know we love any
holiday that begs us to wear stripes…)

The Perfect Outfit—In Three Easy Pieces

we’re playing favorites with this look
(concocted by our superstylist, Gayle, of course)

Real Ludlow Guys: Mikey DeTemple

he’s a professional surfer/filmmaker, a chef in the making
and a Moleskine fanatic. check out some of our favorite
answers from this seriously cool Ludlow-wearing guy
(who knows a thing or two about hanging ten).
Mikey’s tools of the trade (clockwise from left): 6’9” Chris Christenson single-fin
board; Bolex Super 8 camera; Grain hand plane; 2-terabyte G-Drive; Rainbow
single fin; Moleskine notepad.

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
The amazing thing about my job is that I don’t really have a nine-to-five, per se.
If the surf is good, I’ll blow everything off and surf all day long. Likewise, if
I’m editing a film on deadline, I’ll stay in the studio for 10 or 15 hours at a time.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MOVIES.
I aim to make simple, clean and minimalistic films that will stand the test of time.
I film the friends who inspire me and always pick surfers based on their style. That,
combined with amazing waves, unique locations, great music and no distracting titles,
seems to be a formula that’s working for me.

MOST RECENT PROJECT?
My last film, Sight Sound, was released in June 2011 after two years of traveling
around the globe with a group of friends. There’s no story line, narration or titles—
the images tell the story.

COOLEST PLACE YOUR JOB HAS TAKEN YOU?
Some outer islands in the Maldives that are 12 hours away by boat. The surfing was great
and attracted some of the local Maldivians to come and watch. Amazingly, it could have
been the first time many of them had seen surfing.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURFING?
My parents met surfing in the 1970s and my dad was a commercial clammer, so
everything my family did was based around surfing, fishing and the ocean. It was
only natural that I followed in their footsteps.

BEST WAVES IN THE WORLD?
Most people expect me to say somewhere like Australia, but I really love the serenity of
cold places like Canada and the Arctic Circle. Walking through the snow and paddling
out to an empty lineup with snowcapped mountains in the distance—it’s surreal.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett

he’s a restaurateur, a collector of cuff links
and an avid tea drinker—plus, he can rock a
silver wallet chain with panache. check out
some of our favorite answers from this
seriously cool Ludlow-wearing Brit.
Sean’s tools of the trade (from top left): vintage die-cast model of a London taxi; cuff links; custom Tricker’s brogues; antique “Greedy Gulper” large cup and saucer; Leatherman tools (two sets of pliers with an extension and assorted bits); silver wallet chain.


Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett
restaurateur

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
Being in the restaurant and retail businesses with my wife means that our life is not run on a nine-to-five schedule. Part of the excitement is not knowing what the day might bring us from one moment to the next.

MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
One rewarding aspect of the job is that to date we have had over 20 members of our staff meet their life partners through Tea & Sympathy (including me and my wife), as well as at least 30 customers. We like to say that the children from these unions are made of Tea & Sympathy ingredients.

ANY TRICKS OF YOUR TRADE TO SHARE?
Attention to the details that matter is very important. When we started A Salt & Battery in 1999, we found that the basic potato used by fish-and-chip shops in the UK wasn’tavailable in America, so we spent three months finding the perfect potato with which to make the Great British chip here in New York. This attention to ingredients has always been at the core of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery.

WHEN DO YOU WEAR A SUIT?
Whenever possible. Sometimes at work it’s not that practical, especially when I have to fix a drain or an oven. I always like to wear a good suit on social occasions too (I have a reputation of being a bit of a dandy when I get the chance).

STYLE ICON?
James Bond—he always looked sharp no matter what. I remember seeing a Bond movie as a boy in which he was captured and brought aboard the villain’s vessel whilst wearing a diving dry suit, which he removed to reveal an impeccable white dinner jacket and bow tie underneath. The audience in the cinema spontaneously burst into applause, and I was immediately struck by how cool that was.

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS WORTH REVEALING?
I have a separate career on the side where I do voice-overs for commercials and documentaries. It’s something I fell into years ago, and I like that it gives me an opportunity to do something completely different.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Jenke-Ahmed Tailly

we asked nine real guys to suit up in style in our Ludlow suit
(and spill the beans on their style, inspirations and favorite pastimes).
here are our favorite answers from ultimate cool guy, Jenke…
Jenke-Ahmed Tailly
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
I prefer five to nine.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CREATIVE DIRECTOR?
Conceptualize and realize a dreamed sense of aesthetic.

YOU’RE ALSO A FASHION EDITOR—TELL US ABOUT THAT.
I like Garage magazine and just did a cool editorial on hair fractals using mathematical concepts with breathtaking African hair-braiding techniques.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Eyes, hands and melancholia.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?
Swim.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF/KINDLE?
Played Out: The Jean Seberg Story by David Richards, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
and La Poursuite du Bonheur by Michel Houellebecq.

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Our Design Dream Team

just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re introducing you to
three very cool, very stylish members of our design team
and what they’ve been known to sport around the office
(and beyond). feel free to swoon…
Frank, head of men’s design:

I’m wearing…a real McCoy Western shirt, a Margiela sweater, the Ludlow sportcoat, J.Crew urban slim-fit pants, vintage Red Wing® boots and a Mougin & Piquard™ watch.

If I could wear this outfit anywhere, I would go…on safari in Africa.

You’ll always find me wearing…something navy.

The best part of getting dressed is…taking it all off in the evening.
Jordan, women’s design:

I’m wearing…a J.Crew washed shirt, Tim Hamilton jeans and SeaVees® sneakers. Also, a vintage chain necklace that I found at a flea market in Santa Barbara.

If I could define my outfit’s style in a name, I would call it…Cali classic.

You’ll always find me wearing…leather gladiator sandals. Even in the winter—I’ll change into them inside.

The best part of getting dressed is…deciding what color I want to wear.
Dan, men’s design:

I’m wearing…a Homespun Knitwear henley, a vintage Lee® chore coat, a Kapital scarf from Japan, RRL jeans and a pair of Vans®.

If I could define my outfit’s style in a name, I would call it…window cleaner chic.

The comfiest part of my outfit is…my broken-in Vans (the most uncomfortable is my slightly itchy sweater).

The best part of getting dressed is…tying my own shoelaces.

Wale Watch: an Ode to Corduroy

today is 11/11/11, that once-a-century moment when the
date perfectly resembles the telltale vertical fabric.
so Happy Corduroy Appreciation Day (yes, it’s a thing).
an homage to a few of our favorite cord sporters over the years:
Robert Redford
Steve McQueen
Woody Allen
Raleigh St. Clair in The Royal Tenenbaums
Our very own men’s corduroy designer, Willy, in the corduroy 14-wale sportcoat in Ludlow fit
and his own corduroy shirt (we don’t usually condone the corduroy-on-corduroy look,
but today we’ll even endorse it).

See our cords at jcrew.com.

(image credit: 1, 2, 3, The Royal Tenenbaums)

Ludlow Lowdown

get up close and personal with Tom,
our head of women’s design,
as he rocks our Ludlow jacket his way…
Describe your style.
It’s a mix of classic American mixed with a little European modernity. As a man, I think it’s sometimes hard being creative without looking silly…it’s a very fine line.

What did you do to make the Ludlow suit jacket your own?
I paired it with the matching suit pant, then added a vintage off-white tee and Lanvin sneakers. I also like playing with fit and proportion, so I’ll often wear my Ludlow jacket with baggy casual pants, and sometimes I’ll even buy the jacket a size too small.

What do you like best about the Ludlow jacket?
It’s a great wardrobe building piece—I have one in black, two in navy and one in grey. I really love great tailoring, and I’ve always believed that a man should only buy the most beautifully crafted jackets and shoes. Until the Ludlow, I only bought designer jackets. Now I have to force myself (on occasion) to buy a jacket that isn’t a Ludlow. The fit is impeccable.

Where are you from originally? Does where you grew up have any influence on what you do for a living?
I grew up in New York, and my parents were young and stylish when I was born—my Dad shopped at Barney’s when I was young and that’s where he took me to get my first sports jackets. Enough said.

Any hidden talents worth revealing?
If there is a great men’s shoe out there, I will find it.

If you could pack one suitcase to take with you to a deserted island, what would be in it?
SPF30 sunblock, a sketch pad, some pencils and charcoal, one Olebar & Brown swimsuit and the rest of the suitcase I would fill with a good Sancerre.

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