Meet Sisters Violet and Isabella Guinness

we dropped by the home of Violet and Isabella Guinness (their dad, artist Hugo Guinness, designed special tees just for us) and asked these supercute sisters what’s on their wishlists this year and how they’re getting into the holiday spirit.
Violet wears a J.Crew girls’ long-sleeve paillette bow tee (similar here) and girls’ café capri in metallic jacquard dot. Isabella wears a J.Crew jeweled chandelier sweatshirt (similar here) and her own vintage denim skirt.


Tell us about your style.
Violet: I’m pretty girly and into florals. I like things that have a vintage feel.
Isabella: It changes daily depending on my mood. One day I’ll wear my torn-up old jeans and the next I’ll wear a white floor-length dress.

Favorite item in your closet?
Violet: An English rose playsuit. My mom recently gave me her old button-down sweater with lace flowers on it.
Isabella: My Adidas and this vintage blue-green dress from the ’40s that I bought at the Brooklyn Flea.

How does having artist parents influence your approach to getting dressed up?
Violet: I do love wearing my father’s things—though I think I’d love to wear them even if he weren’t an artist.
Isabella: I think we’ve always been encouraged to express ourselves. We’re always going to see new art exhibitions too, so I think that certainly helps inspire.
In the spirit of the holidays, what’s the best present you’ve ever received?
Violet: My two rabbits.

What about the worst present you’ve ever received?
Isabella: A dress that was at least four sizes too big. It was bright orange, so I looked like a pumpkin.
Holiday indulgence?
Isabella: Every year, I get into the Christmas spirit by cutting out snowflakes and hanging them over my bed.

What are you giving this year?
Violet: A painting to my parents.

Is there a charity you’re giving back to?
Isabella: Doctors Without Borders.
Violet: World Wildlife Fund.
Make your own wishlist and shop Violet’s and Isabella’s wishlists:
Photography by Bryan Derballa.


the answer to how to get what they really want this year: a J.Crew wishlist. here, a closer look at the wishlists created by DonorsChoose.org CEO Charles Best, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie designers Byron and Dexter Peart plus Scout and Gus (their dad works here at J.Crew).
BYRON AND DEXTER PEART, DESIGNERS, WANT LES ESSENTIELS DE LA VIE™

How to Be a Man by Glenn O’Brien, leather flask, Ludlow shirt in dot print, chambray tie and Izola™ candle.
CHARLES BEST, CEO, DONORSCHOOSE.ORG

Nordic dot sweater, mosaic wool scarf, leather work gloves and Los Poblanos™ desert sage soap.
TWIN SISTER AND BROTHER SCOUT AND GUS

Playforever™ cars, glow-in-the-dark Santa tee, Fair Isle gloves and scarf (full assortment here), small cubebot, heart and stripe sleep set, Ridley’s® magic tricks and glitter lodge moccasins.


Make your own wishlist and see more from Charles, Byron, Dexter, Scout and Gus:


the answer to how to get what they really want this year: a J.Crew wishlist. here, a closer look at the wishlists created by Jenna Lyons, her brother and sometimes J.Crew model Spencer Lyons and photographer Bibi Borthwick.
JENNA LYONS

Darby plaid studded-toe loafers, Piamita™ Isabella top and Toscana shearling trapper hat (similar here).
SPENCER LYONS, DIRECTOR AT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Vans® for J.Crew washed canvas authentic sneakers, Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew Los Angeles Angels ball cap (full assortment here), alpaca sweater (full assortment here) and the Printed Image™ bandana.
BIBI BORTHWICK, PHOTOGRAPHER

Ebbets Field Flannels for J.Crew Brooklyn Bushwicks twill ball cap, Han Kjøbenhavn™ timeless sunglasses and deep ivy plaid shirt.


Make your own wishlist and see more from Jenna, Spencer and Bibi:

Our Holiday Jewelry Collection

bursting with neon gems, strands of crystals and piles of statement pieces from seasons past, our jewelry designer Meghan’s office is enough to satisfy anyone’s inner magpie. we stopped by to see how she put our covetable holiday collection together, from hand assembling each design to experimenting with some rather unusual painting techniques (nail polish and spray paint, anyone?).
Meghan, photographed in her office, wears a J.Crew boy shirt and J.Crew crystal fan necklace.
What was the inspiration for the holiday collection?
We talked a lot about the idea of the world traveler. We tried to combine unexpected materials and cultural references by mixing classic pieces with less traditional ones you might have picked up on your travels.

How did you develop the color palette?
It always begins with a pile of Pantone (color) chips and loose crystals—half of my desk looks like a rainbow mosaic! I’ll make little clusters of colors, and certain pairings will just vibrate off one another, so you know it’s a good combination. From there, my assistant and I build out a larger palette for each month of the season.

What are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?
I love the scale and shape of the Crystal Points necklace. Also, the Riviera earrings for its bright blue crystal mixed with touches of AB crystal (it stands for aurora borealis, the color of the northern lights).


How did you start designing jewelry?
It was almost an accident. I was working as a fashion designer at a company that also made jewelry. It just looked like so much fun…

What’s the one piece of jewelry every woman should have?
Anything that makes you feel beautiful (even if you’re in pajamas).

Most iconic jewelry era?
I love the role jewelry played in the ’60s, during Diana Vreeland’s Vogue years. It was so bold, playful and elegant.

Who’s your jewelry style icon?
Iris Apfel.


Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Explore our entire selection of jewelry here.

Gift Shopping with Our Men’s Design Director

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked our very own
(and very in-the-know) men’s design director, Dwight Fenton,
what he’s checking off his list this holiday season.
Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Jenna’s (Over-the-Top) Pick: Edie Purse in Alligator

it’s the beloved Edie purse that you know but with a luxe alligator
flap. (they’re so special we’ve only made nine of them.) we call
it the perfect “I was very good this year” gift.
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Just in time for the holidays, we’ve introduced the Edie purse in alligator—
it’s a luxurious take on our classic vintage-inspired style. Available in three
colors (waterfront, pesto and merlot), each one-of-a-kind bag is hand-finished
in New York City with antiqued hardware, twill lining and a detachable
shoulder strap—so you can carry it as a clutch like Jenna does.

The J.Crew Collection Edie purse in alligator is $1,500 and is available
exclusively at our 769 Madison store in New York City.

Gift Shopping with Caroline Issa

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked one of our favorite fall
campaign stars what she’s checking off her list (and what warm-weather
spot she’s dreaming about) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Happy Thanksgiving

our illustrator extraordinaire, Ellie, whipped up this Thanksgiving turkey
inspired by the ones we used to draw in elementary school.

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