Out & About with Outdoor Voices™

we’re firm believers that good-looking gear will motivate us to get up for a 6:30am run. we met up with Tyler Haney, the founder of Outdoor Voices, for a quick tour of her Flatiron studio and then some sweat-inducing yoga moves out in Central Park.
Tyler, photographed in Central Park, wears an Outdoor Voices hoodie in heather ash grey
and leggings in black.

When Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney graduated from design school in New York, she found that she was still looking for a line of activewear that she really loved. “I’m a jogger, swimmer and yoga-er so I certainly wanted performance fabrics but also simple and elegant designs,” explains the Colorado native. And so Outdoor Voices was born, an easy-to-wear line that uses the best technical fabrics in the business but also channels the unique tastes of its founders—pared-down illustrations of dancers, abstract paintings of swimmers and even energy crystals. “Our main inspiration is the body and the many beautiful shapes it can make,” says Tyler.

At the heart of Outdoor Voices is a belief in the importance of getting, well, outdoors—so we asked Tyler to invite a couple of her friends (her business partner Andrew Parietti, Naomi Shon, a photographer, and Chuck Grant, who recently received her yoga teacher certificate) to do a little impromptu yoga in Central Park. “I’m all about fitness and sociability,” explains Tyler. “At OV we always say ‘Doing things is better than not doing things.’” In fact, it’s her friends who test the clothing and give feedback based on the needs of their own active lifestyles. “We always encourage bending, folding, jumping, extending, twirling,” she says.
“Anything that looks cool (and feels great) goes.”

Special thanks to Tyler Haney, Andrew Parietti, Naomi Shon and Chuck Grant.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Imane Fiocchi and hair and grooming by Melisande Page, both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

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What to Pack For: A Trip to Tokyo

We asked Michael Saiger, the creator of Miansai—the nautical-inspired accessory line responsible for making “man jewelry” socially acceptable—what he’s packing for his next inspiration trip to Tokyo (which includes an expedition to the city’s famed fish markets).

Are you a last-minute packer or plan-ahead packer?
I’m a last-minute packer; I literally pack two minutes before I head to the airport. I’m notorious for missing flights or changing them at the last minute. I think it’s genetic because my mother does the same thing.

Anything you won’t travel without?
On long flights, I have to have my Bose noise-cancelling headphones, but aside from that, I’m pretty easy. My carry-on, and probably the most utilitarian item I own, is a vintage Swiss WWII backpack. It’s been with me from hikes in Patagonia to all-day meetings in Japan.

Favorite travel companion?
My girlfriend, Camila. She is always down to do anything, whether it’s a three-day hike or crazy day in the city.

Any tips for surviving the long flight?
Stay hydrated, watch a good movie and dress comfortably—but not like you’re going to the gym.

What do you like most about traveling to Tokyo?
Every time I go, I’m always amazed by how polite the Japanese are—it makes traveling there that much easier. I also love the Japanese fashion sense. Everyone is super fashion forward; they’re not afraid to try new trends or express themselves through their unique style. That goes for women and men! Honestly, when I walk down the street, it’s crazy how many more men’s stores there are than women’s.

What’s the story behind the above photo?
This is one of our most iconic bracelets, which I left on a wish tablet at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. People come from all over the world to visit the temple and handwrite prayers on wooden boards hoping they’ll be answered. I am always inspired when I travel, and different elements from my experiences abroad often translate into the design aesthetic of Miansai.

Any favorite local spots you could suggest to us?
The view from BelloVisto bar, the rooftop bar at the Cerulean Tower Hotel, is amazing. My absolute favorite place for sushi is Matsuei. For breakfast, I love Orimine Bakers. They sell a puff pastry with powdered sugar on top that I eat every morning when I’m in Tokyo.

Where do you go in Tokyo for design inspiration?
The fish markets in Tokyo are incredibly inspiring for me when designing new collections. I love to wake up early, walk down to the market around dawn and see the boats coming in and unloading huge bluefin tuna. A lot of the Miansai design elements are very nautical, so seeing all of the fishing hardware around the market gets my creative juices flowing. On my most recent trip, I saw a new hook that was really cool—so maybe you’ll see a new hook design in the future!

Where are you hoping to go next?
I’m thinking Thailand or Greenland for my next vacation.

Meet…The Ropes™

bracelet designer Shana Ready popped down from her home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to talk nautical inspiration and give us a quick tutorial on how she puts together her handmade lanyard bracelets.

Shana always dreamed of being a designer, but after attending the Rhode Island School of Design and working as a fashion designer in New York, she found herself drawn back to her home state. Surprisingly, it was when surrounded by the natural beauty of Maine that she finally found the inspiration she was looking for. “In Maine, inspiration is less obvious, it needs to be sought out,” says Shana. She ended up creating her first bracelet styles while playing around with her husband’s lobster gear. Soon after, friends started placing their orders.
Shana makes all her jewelry by hand in a studio overlooking the ocean—so she’s never far from her original inspiration. That’s true of her materials too, which she sources locally from the area, like the authentic dock line used for tying up boats and marine hardware. As for the pop of neon orange used in some of the bracelets? It’s inspired by the buoys she’d see out on the water. “I think there is enormous beauty in utility,” she says.

Special thanks to the Lobster Joint.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Imane Fiocchi and hair by Melisande Page, both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

To shop our entire assortment of The Ropes™ bracelets, click here.

What to Pack For: A Beach Weekend in Greenport, Long Island

for J.Crew collaborators Quentin and Alia of beach-accessory line ArteMare, traveling to beautiful beaches is just part of the job (we know, we’re jealous too). we asked the duo, who often pop over to Long Island’s North Fork for the weekend, what’s topping their packing lists this summer.
What won’t you travel without?
QUENTIN: My wristwatch. It’s a stainless steel Tag Heuer that my parents gave me for my high school graduation. I guess you could say it’s vintage at this point!
ALIA: An oversize lightweight cashmere-and-cotton scarf.

Preferred travel companion?
QUENTIN: Mushu, my always-ready French bulldog.
ALIA: A well-versed local.
How do you guys keep busy in Greenport?
QUENTIN: Morning bike rides and sunset cocktails.
ALIA: Stopping at the farm stands, vineyards and antique shops that dot the road to Greenport. It’s a cliché, but the best part of the trip can be the journey—and that’s especially true when driving along Long Island’s North Fork.

Any local spots you could suggest to us?
QUENTIN: Hopping on the ferry to Sunset Beach Hotel on Shelter Island to watch the sunset and have dinner; Triangle Sea Sales in Greenport for unusual nautical salvage antiques; and Reddings Market on Shelter Island for fresh juice.
ALIA: Sang Lee Farms in Peconic for organic produce and picnic-basket essentials, as well as Braun Seafood in Cutchogue for amazing lobster boils and fresh seafood. And Lido boutique in Greenport has a great selection of items from the owners’ world travels.

You specialize in beach accessories—safe to say you get a lot of your inspiration from traveling?
QUENTIN: Absolutely. One of the great things about what we do is that traveling to beautiful beaches all over the world is a requirement. Every detail of what we experience is in some way reflected in the products we design.
1. Her own Granado Castanha do Brasil Body Butter
2. J.Crew midrise toothpick jean in white
3. Her own Delvaux clutch
4. Her own Apartamento magazine
5. Triple C™ for J.Crew bluCUBE portable speaker
6. J.Crew Maren cross-strap sandals
7. ArteMare beach racquets
8. Her own ArteMare carry-all beach towel

1. Soludos® for J.Crew espadrilles
2. His own Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy
3. J.Crew short-sleeve sweatshirt
4. His own Postalco notebook
5. Ray-Ban® Caravan® sunglasses

To shop our men’s and women’s summer collections, including the beach racquet set by ArteMare, click here and here.

Seeing America

filmmaker, photographer and sometime Ludlow suit model Daniel Mehrer drove from Denver to eastern Idaho where his friend Ryder Robison’s family has a home. we sent these guys out to explore the great outdoors armed with some classic Wallace & Barnes pieces.
This road in the Wind River Canyon in Wyoming cuts through 2,500-foot-high rock walls.
Ryder, an artist, his girlfriend, Ainsley McWha, a writer, and Daniel made the 10-hour drive from Denver to St. Anthony, in eastern Idaho, where Ryder’s family has had a property since 1914.
Buffalo wander near the roadside right outside Grand Teton National Park.
The property and working farm in St. Anthony has been in Ryder’s family for the past 100 years.
Ainsley wears a J.Crew triple eyelet dress. Similar here.
Daniel wears a J.Crew denim jacket in medium worn wash and Wallace & Barnes slim selvedge jean in White Oak Denim® with rinsed wash. He’s photographed running around a 10,600-acre sand dune expanse, just 20 minutes west of the pastoral surroundings in St. Anthony.
Daniel (unsuccessfully) tries his hand at fishing on the Snake River right outside of Ryder’s place.

Photography by Daniel Mehrer.

To shop our entire selection of Wallace & Barnes, click here.

Splash Backwards

we decked a few friends out in our summer swim collection, gave them some pool toys and asked our friends Andy Spade and Van Neistat to make a video. but we think they got it backwards.

Andy Spade, cofounder of Partners & Spade
Juan Heredia and Martine Langatta, owners of Montauk store Martine and Juan
Leilani Bishop, model and founder of fragrance oil line Leilani Bishop
Harry McNally, photographer and musician
Cynthia Rowley, designer, and Bill Powers, gallery owner, with daughters Kit and Gigi (Cynthia and Kit wear Cynthia Rowley for J.Crew wetsuits).

Directed by Van Neistat.
Music by Grey Gersten.

Shop our men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s swim assortments, including rash guards.

Slip-Ons with (Surprising) Street Cred

meet Mordechai Rubinstein, creator of the street-style blog Mister Mort and chronicler of the unconventional style choices of everyday guys, like the Birkenstock Boston®.
Mordechai, photographed in SoHo wears a pair of Birkenstock for J.Crew Boston clogs.

You seem to be a big fan of the Birkenstock Boston both for yourself and for guys on the blog. What’s the draw?
It’s what my friends and I wear after surfing, when you want to slip into something that could take you through the rest of your day.

How do you wear your Bostons?
I usually wear them with vintage military chinos or BDUs (Battle Dress Uniform; cargo pants), something with a roomier leg that I can roll up if I want to. I’ve been seeing other guys wearing them with slim sweatpants and cropped, cutoff denim though.
What’s the best way you’ve seen Bostons worn on the street?
A while ago, I saw someone wearing a pair with a really classic wide-striped flannel suit and a big hat in the middle of winter. The whole thing looked very cool and surprising. That’s kind of what started it for me.

Recommendations on when to pull them out?
Really anywhere except your wedding. I treat mine like I imagine other guys treat their leather loafers: the shoes you naturally go to when you’re on your way out the door.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop the Birkenstock® for J.Crew for Boston Clogs, click here.

Yes, You Can Wear Heels When You’re Eight Months Pregnant

we headed to Scandinavian candy shop Sockerbit with stylist Sarah Clary to talk maternity style (she made our white maternity toothpick jean her own with a dip-dye DIY)—and to indulge her sweet tooth a little, of course.
How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
I’ve learned to keep it simple. Pattern doesn’t always work for my new shape, so I stick to basic colors with maybe a stripe here and there. Clothing that shows off my belly makes me feel more beautiful.

Do you have a go-to maternity outfit?
Dresses with stretch! For me, dresses that show off my belly rather than hiding it make me feel more confident about all the changes I’m going through. To create more outfit options, I pair crop tops or blouses that are too small over the dress, so it looks like a high-waist skirt.

How did the maternity toothpick work out for you? What do you like about it?
This maternity jean is a great fit and slimming. I have carried low throughout my pregnancy and most pants would slide south midday, but this one hugs perfectly under my belly.

Any nonmaternity clothes that ended up working really well for you during your pregnancy?
I’ve become very good at shopping my husband’s closet. I love his button-down shirts, sweaters and even pants. Don’t be afraid to go to the men’s department; some items can help when you are in between sizes.

What about shoes? We always see you wearing heels…
I love heels, so yes, I do continue to wear some of my favorites—but in moderation. And never so high that I feel uneasy walking. Kitten heels are a great balance, I feel sexy and low to the ground!

We love how you made the denim your own! Tell us about the DIY process you did on these.
I cut the bottom of the jeans off so they hit above my ankle and slit one knee. Then, I frayed the fabric with sandpaper and scissors and washed the jeans so they appeared more destroyed. I wanted an ombré-dyed look so I held the bottom of the pants in a cup of dye to the height I liked, holding the ends in longer so the dye was darker. They are far from perfect, but that’s what I love about them.

Yes, You Need to Hand Wash Your Cashmere (Don’t Dry Clean!)

contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning cashmere can actually be bad for the life of your sweater. the toxic chemicals used in dry cleaning can break down the fibers, and deodorant may cause discoloration. turns out, you should really be hand washing cashmere (it’ll be much softer too), so we asked Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd from The Laundress for their advice. here, they break it down for us…
De-pill delicate knits using the The Laundress New York® for J.Crew sweater comb by stroking firmly in one direction.
Use The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar to tackle any stains or areas that trap odor.
Fill a washbasin or sink with cool water and add two capfuls of The Laundress New York for J.Crew cashmere wash. Submerge the sweater and make sure it is evenly soaped all over.
Soak for 30 minutes (don’t worry if the water becomes colored; this is normal and won’t mean any loss of color post-wash).
Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Press the water out gently without wringing.
Lay your sweater flat on a towel in its natural shape. Roll up the sweater in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water. Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or a clean towel.
Remove lint, fuzz and hair with the cashmere brush. Spray all over with The Laundress New York for J.Crew cashmere spray to add a fresh scent and repel moths.
Fold to prevent stretching and place in a bag with a zip closure. Be sure to stay away from storage bags that are made of polyester or plastic—you want to store your cashmere in bags that are made of breathable cotton or linen.

Photography by Eric Helgas.

To shop our entire assortment of cashmere, including featherweight cashmere, click here. To shop all The Laundress New York for J.Crew products, click here.

Meet …Bantu Wax

Bantu founder Yodit Eklund talks surf culture and sustainable production.

I grew up all over Africa and now spend about 80 percent of my time traveling there for work. In 2009, I launched Bantu. I am a surfer and wanted to bring awareness to the continent’s under-the-radar beaches. There is more and more pollution because people don’t value the beaches in Africa. I thought if Bantu could expose people to the beaches, we could help preserve the environment.

We work with African designers to develop all our prints, which are based on wax cloth. Originally, wax cloth was brought over by Dutch traders; it stuck and has become a vital aspect of African culture today. We use the patterns of wax cloth and print them on technical fabric in Italy (the suits are all cut and sewn in Africa, though). Our craftswomen are trained to make seven styles of swimsuits, but we have so many prints that it ends up being a pretty big collection.

One of Bantu’s aims is to create jobs and help the local economy while also changing the outside view of the continent. We employ around 30 Africans in Ethiopia, South Africa and the Ivory Coast. And this spring we also started sponsoring a surf club in Sierra Leone called the Bureh Beach Surf Club.

Photographs courtesy of Oroma Elewa for Bantu.

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