we’ve got denim on the brain. with a new crop of J.Crew denim debuting this month, we asked a few friends to pick a favorite pair to take for a spin. here, Leandra Medine, (aka the Man Repeller) gets into our Eastwood jean.

What person—dead, alive or fictional—wore denim best?
Paul Newman.
You’ve referred to denim as the “official fabric of man repelling.” Explain.
Denim is the fabric of man repelling because, by my own definition, man repelling is concerned with exercising a very distinct and unilateral sense of personal style. This is almost always propelled by what a woman can do with the one item that females can rest assured every other member of the party definitely has: a pair of jeans.
Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
YES. They were patchwork jeans by D&G. On one side they were a dark wash denim and on the other they were multicolored plaid suede. And then I knew I was in it for the long haul when Stella McCartney was making jeans at Chloé.

Photography by Alexey Yurenev. Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz (using Alterna) and makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics), both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

Special thanks to the Marlton Hotel.
To shop our newest assortment of J.Crew denim, click here.

Instagram a photo of how you roll, pair and wear your favorite jeans with hashtag #jcrewdenim for a chance to win one of three $1,500 J.Crew shopping sprees. Our creative director Jenna Lyons will pick her three favorites, so, you know, get ‘grammin. Click here for more details.

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.

personal style is something of a mystery—it’s as unique as your own handwriting. here, our attempt at breaking it down for you…

In addition to blogging, you also take photographs. Tell us a bit about that pairing.
I’ve always loved telling stories through images. The blog was started as a means to add a photography voice to the existing personal-style conversation in the blogosphere, and a career as a photographer was a natural progression.

Your own personal style is documented on your blog. How would you describe it?
I’m a bit of a tomboy, so my personal style is very menswear inspired. I do quite a bit of vintage shopping. Well, I’m a big eBay fan. Atlantis Attic in Brooklyn is a firm favorite, and from time to time Beacon’s Closet throws up some pretty wonderful things. Goodwill is surefire for basics and jackets. I like lots of layers and lots of hats.
Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair and makeup by Stefanie Syat.

Special thanks to Isa in Williamsburg.

To shop our Bailey for J.Crew hats, click here.

It’s a Wrap: J.Crew x Tumblr Holiday Luncheon

yesterday at the Standard hotel we co-hosted a lunch and secret Santa gift exchange
along with our friends at Tumblr and invited some of our favorite bloggers.
We invited bloggers including Alicia Lund (Cheetah is the New Black), and Jeff
Carvalho (Selectism) to toast the holidays with us in a festively decorated private
dining room at the Standard hotel.
The menu included family-style dishes like Locust Farm braised kale, house-made
fettuccini, and Creekstone Farm New York strip (garlic fries, included). 
Guests were in the holiday spirit, chatting about their upcoming travel plans
and exchanging Instagram names. 
In advance of the lunch, each guest was given a secret Santa and was tasked
with finding him or her the perfect gift from J.Crew.
Photographer, art director, and avid pinner Jamala Johns
One of our favorite cocktails, the Penny Drop—an updated version of the
Moscow Mule—is made with vodka, ginger syrup, lime juice and ginger beer
and is served in a copper mug.
For more from our holiday luncheon check out #jcrewsecretsanta

Photographs by Bryan Derballa.

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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