Sunday with…Tom Mora
with over 400 vintage and new coffee-table books in his collection, our women’s designer, Tom, has constant inspiration at his fingertips. we spent a morning in his Chelsea apartment flipping through a few of his favorites.
Tom wears a J.Crew lightweight garment-dyed shirt (similar here), J.Crew 484 jean in vintage worn wash (similar here) and Tricker’s boots.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

On Our Radar: Zipper Gear and Full Gear Collector’s Guides

our men’s design team is just as obsessed with this encyclopedic cult series of hard-to-find books (wholly dedicated to the history of American antique zippers and U.S. military flying clothing) as they are with the fanatical Japanese gentleman who self-published them, Aota Mituhiro. we talked shop with Mituhiro during a recent trip to the U.S….
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Japanese collector and author Aota Mituhiro is passionate about denim. He’s also passionate about the history of zippers, U.S. military flying clothing and leather jackets. But really, it all started with denim. “Growing up, I was fascinated with second-hand American denim,” says Mituhiro, who explains that vintage denim was hard to come by in Tokyo, where he grew up and studied engineering.

Every few years, Mituhiro and his wife come to the U.S. for research trips. This one has brought them to New York to, among other things, visit the J.Crew offices. “I took every photo and wrote every sentence,” explains Mituhiro of the books, which are produced in very limited quantities. (Full Gear, published in 2005, took about five years to complete. Zipper Gear, the latest, took about eight years.) Roughly half of the pieces photographed are part of Mituhiro’s collection; the others belong to various collectors who allowed him to view and capture their pieces for his books. “Even though our men’s design team travels all over the world for inspiration, these books feature rare uniforms and collector’s pieces we’d otherwise miss out on,” says men’s designer Frank. “Anything you can imagine—from flying suits from 1918 to hunting jackets from the 1930s—are on these pages.”

These books are hard to track down stateside (and they’re priced at $214 each), but we’ve put aside a limited number of them for you at our J.Crew Men’s Shop at 1040 Madison Avenue in New York City.

On Our Radar: After Visiting Friends

topping our weekend reading list? GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey’s
new memoir, in which the author revisits the mysterious
death of his father, which happened when Hainey was only six years old…
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Michael Hainey, the oft suited, always stylish deputy editor of GQ magazine, makes it his
business to seek out the best pieces of journalism available. But Hainey is a superb storyteller
in his own right, and his recently released memoir, After Visiting Friends, is overriding
evidence of this. Hainey grew up in Chicago, where the foundation of his family changed
forever with the mysterious death of his father, one of the Second City’s most respected newspapermen, in 1970, when Hainey was just six.

His decision decades later to pursue what transpired that night—a truth buried under years of
loyalties, denial and dead ends—makes for one heck of a story. Rock-solid reporting mixed
with heartfelt vignettes, lovely imagery (Hainey is a published poet) and a certain fairness,
grit and honesty toward anything and everyone involved make After Visiting Friends one
of the best books we’ve read in recent memory. In fact, we’d like to say we spent a lot of
time with it, but we finished its nearly 300 pages in less than a day.

Buy your own copy of the book here.

Shelf Life: Ruth

a peek into the office of our window dresser
and prop finder extraordinaire
I think of my office as a holding place
for favorite props until they find their
perfect home in one of our stores.
(clockwise from top left)
–This is my inspiration board, where I put clippings from books, blogs or magazines that catch my eye. There’s a tear sheet in this snapshot that shows a wall of frames—they’re all different colors and sizes and feature different types of art. We loved the idea so much, we now hang frames in our stores in a similarly eclectic way.
–I discovered these hand-painted figurines at a store in Brooklyn called The Future Perfect. They’re by KleinReid and are a modern take on traditional wooden Japanese dolls. Crewcuts came to mind the second I saw them!
–I love birds—somehow one always finds its way into all of our shops, no matter what. This vintage owl (1) was a flea market find. These little ceramic sculptures (2) are made by one of my favorite French design companies, Astier de Villatte. A lot of our specialty stores have their flowers displayed in the jewelry cases.
–Another bird, of course! This time, an Eames bird by Vitra.
I love reading and collecting books and magazines. Some of the books I’m constantly referencing are Interiors by Martyn Thompson, Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker and Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee. As far as magazines go, I love World of Interiors, Elle Decoration UK and Avalanche—a short-lived art magazine from the 1970s. We actually found some original copies of it and they’re now displayed inside some of our men’s stores.

Tweed, If You Please

we plucked Harris Tweed From Land to Street
straight from the bookshelf of our men’s design team for its
stunning pictures of the fabric with a cult following’s home
(for those of you not in the know, this tweed has been handwoven for
centuries on an island off the northwest tip of Scotland)
The ultimate gift idea: pair the book with either our Harris Tweed sportcoat in Ludlow fit or our Billykirk® for J.Crew 196 bike messenger bag in Harris Tweed wool.

(photo credit: Lara Platman)

Stylish Summer Reads

enjoy rereading a classic novel during the
dog days of summer with one of these cool
vintage book covers in hand
(post by Katie Boiano)

Landscapes in Landscapes

Hot off the Monacelli Press and beautifully designed
by Irma Boom, Landscapes in Landscapes opens
the gate to 23 public and private gardens designed by
renowned landscape architect, Piet Oudolf
A leader of the New Perennial planting movement, Piet Oudolf is internationally acclaimed for his emphasis on plant structure and near-exclusive use of perennials, which produce a constantly changing environment throughout the year. New Yorkers have become familiar with his work by strolling along the High Line and wandering through Battery Park. The book Landscapes in Landscapes chronicles
the growth of his projects, beginning with a 350-square-meter private garden in The Netherlands and concluding with the 25,000-square-meter Nantucket Garden in Massachusetts. Overflowing with glorious photos of year-round gardens, hand-drawn plans, and color-coded plant proportions, Landscapes in Landscapes is an absolute feast for the eyes.

(post by Sam Parker, photo credit Piet Oudolf)

Hotel Il Pellicano combines the writing of Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello with work from renowned photographers Jurgen Teller and Slim Aarons for a multifaceted view of the resort and its fashionable patrons
(Emilio Pucci and Susanna Agnelli to name a few).

(photo credit: Violette Editions, post by Tracy Rosenbaum)

Hotel Il Pellicano combines the writing of Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello with work from renowned photographers Jurgen Teller and Slim Aarons for a multifaceted view of the resort and its fashionable patrons (Emilio Pucci and Susanna Agnelli to name a few).
 
(photo credit: Violette Editions, post by Tracy Rosenbaum) Hotel Il Pellicano combines the writing of Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello with work from renowned photographers Jurgen Teller and Slim Aarons for a multifaceted view of the resort and its fashionable patrons (Emilio Pucci and Susanna Agnelli to name a few).
 
(photo credit: Violette Editions, post by Tracy Rosenbaum)

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