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.

Go for the Gold: Our Jewelry Collection

inspired by the Olympics, we’re coveting gold bangles
and baubles by the armful. we may not all be athletes,
but we can certainly take home the gold too…

Worldwide Style: Charlie Siem, London

from photographers Garance Doré and Scott Schuman:
Charlie, a classical violinist, in the Ludlow suit
If my city had a soundtrack, the first song would be:
Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner—something by Hubert Gregg!

J.Crew is my go-to for:
Knit ties.

My idea of the perfect finishing touch is:
Fernet Branca.

If I could wear only one color, it would be:

My style icon is:
Marcelo Mastroianni.

My favorite articles of clothing are:
Belgian shoes.

If I could live in any decade, it would be:

My city has the best:

Charlie plays his violin on the streets of London.


DIY Design: the Chambray Heart

we’re wearing our heart on our sleeve (literally) for this adorable
patch our associate stylist, Allison, sewed onto our favorite chambray
shirt. download the PDF to get instructions on how to make it yourself…

Great Escapes: Creatures of the Wind

the design duo tells us their favorite destinations
around the world for inspiration, exploration
and some good old-fashioned relaxation…
We’ve been in Chicago for quite a while—it’s definitely the city that we would call home. It’s an amazing place for artists, designers and musicians; there is space to work and a very understated, honest approach to creative pursuits. Most of our friends here are musicians and visual artists who live near us in Logan Square. Our favorite restaurant in the world, Lula Café, is in the center of the neighborhood, and we all spend a lot of time together there.
Antwerp is a small city, but it is densely packed with fashion, art, food, architecture, design and music. There’s something special about the way they treat old spaces and buildings; they have serious reverence for the old but also bring a totally modern new perspective. It’s such a perfect mix of old and new, history and pop at the same time.
We love that Nantucket has its own unique culture and that the history of the island is really revered by its residents. We spend all of our time outside, mostly swimming and taking long bike trips to the island’s beaches. Evenings are spent drinking gin and tonics and playing dominos or hanging out at Cisco Brewers. Our bedroom is 50 feet away from the beach, so we fall asleep to the sound of waves.


Gayle on: Denim

take it from Gayle—denim never goes out of style.
here, she gives some fresh ideas for how to wear the closet staple.

Design Inspiration: Strings & Things

inspired by the work of artist Fred Sandback, our set-design team created
sensational string sculptures for the crewcuts pages of our June Style Guide.
we went behind the scenes with Brian and Ashley, our star stylists, to learn more.
A minimalist sculptor, artist and printmaker, Fred Sandback is best known for his work with acrylic yarn, which he stretched between walls, ceilings and floors to create abstract forms. “He was able to break up space in a really cool way,” says Ashley.
“Sandback’s affinity for bright colors is so appropriate for crewcuts,” says Brian. “I love how the blue, green and yellow yarns look with our bright, summery pieces. It’s so vibrant and playful!”
“We started by sketching a bunch of different shapes,” the design duo explains. “We wanted to keep everything really simple while giving the kids something to interact with. We love to think of the kids as the people who create our sets.”
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The Met Ball Part Two

an inside view of the fashion-filled night at
the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum
Clockwise from top left: Jenna and head women’s designer Tom Mora (who wore the Ludlow tuxedo) get ready together at her apartment.

“I carried a J.Crew clutch (the contents of which included reading glasses, phone, keys, $20, license and credit card—and a tube of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar).” —Jenna

Jenna—dressed in a tailored J.Crew denim jacket, a skirt of her own design and pink suede Manolo Blahnik pumps—gets a helping hand in the bow department from Tom.

Jenna and her tablemate Solange Knowles (dressed in Rachel Roy) strike a pose.

A look from the costume display.

Jenna’s rings by jewelry designer Eva Fehren.

The Making of a Met Ball Outfit

our creative director, Jenna Lyons, shares the inspiration behind her
outfit for the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum
Jenna and head women’s designer Tom Mora walk the red carpet
Pink Lady: “I felt I had to do something in shocking pink because that’s what Schiaparelli is known for. I sketched the design for this skirt on the back of a piece of paper during a meeting one day about two weeks before the ball. Honda, our patternmaker, draped and stitched the satin right here in the office.”

Shock Factor: “There’s a peplum underneath because I wanted that articulated silhouette I had seen on the pages of Schiaparelli’s Shocking Life. The bow at the waist has wire in it to hold its shape and keep it nice and stiff.”
Above: Jenna’s design sketch; Shocking Life by Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Below: details from a Schiaparelli design from spring 1947.
Denim Diehard: “I didn’t want to wear duchesse silk satin with something sparkly or pearls. I am who I am—so I took it down a notch with denim. We pulled a J.Crew jean jacket and then had it fit and re-tailored to raise the waistband. I’m also not really wearing a shirt underneath—the collar and cuffs were custom-made by my custom shirtmaker and were stitched into the jacket.”

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