Behind the Scenes: Illustration Inspiration

to create the props for the crewcuts pages of our July Style Guide, our set
designers turned to their inspiration library—and came across a book of
drawings from Swedish artist Olle Eksell. the finished product? a
larger-than-life cityscape that’s the perfect backdrop for our colorful collection.
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Behind the Scenes: Quartz Report

our stores are filled with sparkling surprises—just ask our visual guru,
Glenn, who sources quartz crystals for the jewelry displays. we sat down with the
interiors expert to learn more about these gorgeous gems.
“Most of the quartz we use comes from Brazil—I think this part of the world produces the nicest specimens.* They form over thousands and thousands of years and come in a variety of colors like pink, purple and yellow. The color of the crystal depends on the environments to which it is exposed.”

*Hint: You can buy them at ABC Home!
“We wanted to use a mix of clear and smoky quartz for our jewelry cases. They provide a neutral background for our colorful pieces and allow us to really stage each item. Also, they’re totally beautiful!”

Design Inspiration: Enzo Mari

our May crewcuts catalog has finally hit mailboxes—and it’s
earning major props.* we sat down with our star set stylist, Tracy,
to talk blueprints, building blocks and the artist behind the design.
*yes, that pun was intended.
“Throughout his career, Italian artist Enzo Mari published these blueprints so that people could create their own pieces based on his framework. He suggested using two-by-two lumber because it’s really affordable and accessible.”
Getting started:
“Mari was all about rational design—he wasn’t interested in creating anything flashy or over-the-top. He was really intrigued by self-assembly and simple shapes. Nothing too fancy.”
The finished product:
“It was such a fun shoot! We followed his instructions while adding our own twists—I was inspired by the kind of furniture you’d find in a French primary school. The entire set was an homage to Mari: the walls, the floorboards and the chairs. I think we really let our imaginations guide us.”
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This Week’s Discovery

Corgi™ socks
The guys over here at 770 have always believed that style is in the details.
Their new obsession? Corgi socks.

For over a century, Corgi has been making socks for the most discerning wearers, including the royal family and the British military(not to mention, their products have earned them a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales).

Isn’t it time you joined the ranks of style?

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This Week’s Discovery:

Edith A. Miller™
Let’s get horizontal for a minute…When designers Nancy Gibson and Jennifer Murray showed up to
a Fire Island picnic wearing the same striped tee, a brand was born. Enter Edith A. Miller, the
all-American label with an obsession for all things striped (we too suffer from the affliction). The entire line, from sketch to last stitch, is made entirely in the U.S., from their Southern-grown cotton to the sixth-generation family-run mill they use in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
We’d say they striped it rich indeed…

Edith A. Miller designers Nancy Gibson (left) and Jennifer Murray (right) in Vogue.
(photo credit: Beau Grealy/courtesy of Edith A. Miller)
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Behind the Scenes: Crewcuts Windows

our crewcuts visual virtuoso, Graig, shares
some of the inspiration behind the crafty (and cute)
critters that grace our crewcuts store windows
Early birds (clockwise from left): A prototype of an otherworldly bird, inspired by a lifelong obsession with master puppeteer Jim Henson’s quirky and charming creations; critters in the making; artist extraordinaire Sam using Elmer’s glue (every crafter’s best friend) to hand apply finishing touches.
Creature feature: A flock of fine-feathered friends, ready to make their appearance (all the eyes, beaks and pom-pom plumage were carefully created to give each bird its own personality).
Bird’s-eye view: The final product, complete with hand-applied glittered papier-mâché eggs and nests made from shredded silver Mylar.

On Location: Uruguay

our team traveled to the sun-drenched
landscapes of southeast Uruguay to shoot our March catalog.
here’s a sneak peek at what they got up to on set
(warning: may cause serious wanderlust).
From top left:
1. No, it’s not a mini trampoline! We used a scrim—a screen made of thinly woven gauze material—to create the perfect light for each shot.
2. The office on wheels.
3. Our prop designer, Tracy, gets the lay of the land.
4. Our digital tech goes to great lengths to see through the camera (and to look like a space robot).
5. We just couldn’t get our props to stop horsing around.
6. Our stylists, Ashley and Jack, take in the view—and get some much-needed time off their feet.

Behind the Scenes: J.Crew Collection

an exclusive peek at our most recent
Collection shoot, courtesy of one of
our superchic stylists
We took a brand-new approach with the film this time, shooting
each photo to resemble an old-fashioned Polaroid. Our prop
stylist complemented the vibe with midcentury pieces, which
I totally fell in love with. We also mixed in some still life shots
to beautifully balance our on-figure images.
See how our entire Collection lookbook turned out here.

(quote and photo courtesy of Emily Estadella)

Well-Suited: The Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson

our newest men’s shop and dedicated home
of the Ludlow suit is now open in NYC…
The sign of the times: our newest stand-alone suiting shop at 50 Hudson (and Thomas Street) in NYC’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood. (Who says suits have to be all buttoned-up?)
Divine inspiration: the mood board our visual design virtuosos used to tailor-make the old haberdashery feel of our new Ludlow Shop. What moved them? A mix of mid-century modern art, vintage industrial tools and nineteenth-century antiques (including an original 1950s George Nelson for Omni shelving unit).

Learn more about the Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson

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