four #menswear guys, street-style photographer Tommy Ton and a whole bunch of sweats walk into a bar… fashion magic ensues. no, seriously, guess what? fleece is no longer just a punch line.

Photography by Tommy Ton.

To shop our entire assortment of men’s sweatshirts and sweatpants, click here.

In the Kitchen with…The New Potato

sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann are the charming duo behind foodie site the New Potato, which regularly profiles the eating habits of everyone from fashion editors and bloggers to celebrities. we decided to turn the tables and ask them to cook for us this time around…
Laura (left) wears a J.Crew keeper chambray shirt.
Danielle (right) wears a J.Crew Collection boyfriend sweater.

Tell us a bit about the site and how it came about.
Laura: We saw a void in the market for a site that approached food in an editorial way. We thought, “How cool would it be to create a destination where on the one hand you can see what Jessica Alba is having for breakfast, and on the other explore what a restaurateur is doing in Brooklyn?”

So, what are we cooking today?
Laura: We’re big Michael White fans. Osteria Morini is our go-to when craving Italian, and he’s perfected the classic meatball—a recipe we’ve featured on our site. So we decided to cook it today because it’s a great cold-weather meal.
What are some of your earliest memories in the kitchen?
Laura: I would insist on making my “famous fruit salad” for my mom’s dinner parties. I would take any fruits in the house (whether they went together or not) —oranges, apples, peaches, pineapples, grapefruits, grapes, bananas—put them all in a big bowl, douse them with apple sauce and cinnamon. It would sort of brown throughout the day. But no matter whom my mom was having over for a dinner party, the fruit salad would be at the center of the table come dessert.
Danielle: The famous fruit salad was the best. My earliest memory was making Linzer torte with our Austrian grandmother.

When it comes to cooking, are you clean-up-as-you-go girls?
Laura: I try to clean up as I go but fail miserably at it. I rarely go by the recipe, so I’m always taking tons of different things out, to the point that, by the end of the process, the kitchen looks more like a scene from Hoarders.
Danielle: I’m lucky that I have a husband who is much better than I am at keeping things neat while we’re in the kitchen.
What do you wear when you cook?
Laura: Boyfriend jeans, barefoot, with a comfy tee or sweater.
Danielle: Anything that isn’t white!

Ultimate comfort food?
Laura: Jonathan Waxman’s roast chicken.
Danielle: Pizza and red wine.
What’s always in your fridge(s)?
Laura: Lemons, white wine, almond milk and a good cheese.
Danielle: Almond milk, almond butter, Sriracha, coconut water, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and white wine.

Favorite places to eat when you’re not cooking?
Laura: It’s always hard to narrow things down to a few places, but here are some of our go-tos for certain things: Barbuto for roast chicken, Osteria Morini for pastas, Empellon for soft tacos, ABC Kitchen for pizzas, the Spotted Pig for a burger, Jeffrey’s Grocery for brunch, Balthazar for steak frites and Blue Ribbon Sushi for sushi.

Recent splurge in the kitchen?
Laura: When I watch old movies, I always love how the wineglasses were much smaller. I came across this cool vintage wineglass set a while back. When I try to use it with friends who come over, though, they look at me like I’m crazy and ask for a “real glass.”
Danielle: A great knife set from Wüsthof. Good knives make such a big difference.
What’s your go-to hostess gift when you’re going to a dinner or cocktail party?
Laura: A great bottle of wine.
Danielle: A Diptyque candle.

What’s the last dish you cooked?
Laura: Strip steak with matchstick fries.
Danielle: Chicken curry. It’s supereasy and a perfect one-pot winter dish.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics) and Lauren Berrones (using Oribe).

For chef Michael White’s meatball recipe, click here.

A Moment with…Candice Lake

we went sightseeing with the Aussie model and photographer in London’s South Bank
and made a few friends at the skate park while at it.
Candice wears a J.Crew Collection jeweled-collar topcoat, vintage sweater, Ginger & Smart skirt, Monica Vinader bracelets and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti shoes.
Hometown and current home
Originally Sydney, Australia, now it’s South London.

Photographer, blogger and model.

What’s the best way to spend a day in London?
A Sunday morning bike ride around London on a Barclays Boris bike—they’re the best way to see London. Then stop off for coffee and a croissant at the Daylesford Organic in Pimlico. If it’s summer, pack a picnic and get lost somewhere in the middle of Hyde Park. And if you still have an appetite, have afternoon tea or dinner at the Wolseley (my favorite restaurant in London), then head off to a show or wine bar.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Nami Yoshida and assistance by Yoko.

Our London flagship at Regent Street is now open. For more on our openings in London, click here.

To shop our newest assortment, including Candice’s J.Crew Collection jeweled-collar topcoat, click here.

A Moment with…Laura Fantacci
the fashion stylist and blogger of Wearing It Today gives us a tour of her lively East London neighborhood while wearing a bold knit with equal aplomb.
Laura, photographed in her backyard, wears a J.Crew Collection printed calf hair skirt and Christian Louboutin sandals. She layers a J.Crew double gem necklace with a pear necklace.
How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
I started right from the bottom and loved every minute of it. My first job was laying out chairs for the catwalk shows during London Fashion Week! I spent a lot of time working in the fashion department of magazines. (It was at a time when I still sent requests by fax!) My luck was that I worked as an intern for Tatler while Isabella Blow was fashion director. She noticed me, and from there, it was all uphill.

Who would be your dream person to style?
Gwyneth Paltrow.

Any styling tricks you’ve picked up along the way?
A good coat covers a multitude of sins and can instantly make you look pulled together. Pointy pumps noticeably elongate your legs.

Since you’re a J.Crew fan, tell us what you’re eyeing this season.
Oh gosh! Where do I start? If I had to choose one item, it would be the leopard-print skirt I wore for the photo shoot. I think a printed pencil skirt is the new wardrobe staple—every woman should own one.

What’s one piece of clothing you’ll never get tired of wearing?
Cashmere sweaters. I wear them from work to weekend.

You know you’re a Londoner when…
You annoy cab drivers by telling them the best way to get to your destination.

What’s the best way to spend a day in London?
Breakfast at Ottolenghi on Upper Street with a hot chocolate and a croissant, then a long walk along Regent’s Canal, a little browse in the shops on Marylebone High Street, followed by people-watching at The Wolseley and then to the National Portrait Gallery (it always has something special going on).

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Nami Yoshida and assistance by Yoko.

Our London flagship at Regent Street opens November 8th. For more on our opening in London, click here.

To shop our newest arrivals, including Laura’s skirt and necklaces, click here.

First Look: Inside Habitually Chic’s New Book

interior designer and style blogger Heather Clawson is the creative force 
behind the wildly popular blog Habitually Chic. she captured both Frank’s
and Jenna’s offices for her first book, Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work, and
offered us an exclusive look at some of the shoot outtakes from
her visit to our Manhattan headquarters.

When it came to putting together her first book about creative types and the very workspaces that inspire them, Habitually Chic’s Heather Clawson immediately thought of J.Crew’s own Jenna Lyons and Frank Muytjens. “Even though Jenna’s office has been seen online and in magazines before, it never looks the same,” says Heather. “It had even changed from the time I stopped by to take scouting photos to the day I shot it for my book.” She describes the assortment of subjects, which includes jewelry designer (and past J.Crew collaborator) Dana Lorenz of Fenton/Fallon and auctioneer Richard Wright, as “a chic mix of uptown and downtown, young and old, established and up-and-coming.” Heather says almost all of the people she profiled have offices filled with incredible inspiration boards that offer a glimpse into the subject’s head. (Clearly Jenna and Frank were no exception!)

For her first book signing in New York City, Heather wore our traditional British-inspired hacking jacket in sheer mint—one of her favorite cool-weather staples. Shop it here.

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