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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Scene Stealers: Inside J.Crew at Lane Crawford

to celebrate our opening in Hong Kong and Beijing at specialty store Lane Crawford,
our store design team whipped up these whimsical illustrations that depict a J.Crew-themed
skyline inspired by our Manhattan flagships.


For the visual displays that appear inside specialty shop Lane Crawford, our head of creative services, Ruth, was inspired by a toile-style wallpaper she’d first seen inside the historic building at 50 Hudson Street (now the J.Crew Ludlow Shop) in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. From there, the design team riffed on the idea and decided to create a life-size cityscape inspired by J.Crew flagships throughout Manhattan to serve as a fanciful backdrop for the clothing on display.


The store design team, which includes Brandon and his assistant, Ellie, created the initial miniature renderings (which remind us of the dioramas we created in grade school) using reference images of the storefronts and architectural blueprints. Brandon and Ellie then turned their workspace into an artist’s studio, spending several weeks filling in the illustrations—which were anywhere from 6 to 9½ feet tall—by hand, using watercolor paint.


As part of the display, Ellie collaborated with artist Rebekah Maysles to create spot illustrations of various plants and animals one may encounter in Manhattan, including mice. (“But cute ones!” Ellie insisted.)


Ruth, Brandon and Ellie traveled to Hong Kong in advance of the opening of J.Crew at Lane Crawford to install the larger-than-life displays, which were shipped over in gigantic crates, to outfit the 2,700-square-foot retail space. The team worked through the night to ensure the display was properly placed to create a playful cityscape effect reminiscent of the Manhattan skyline. 

Behind the Shoot: Flower Making with Confetti System

Nick and Julie, the minds behind New York-based CONFETTISYSTEM, create
the coolest party decorations out of paper. we enlisted their help for a recent
Style Guide shoot and sat down to talk design inspiration and perfectionist tendencies.

Our set design team recently collaborated with paper-wielding wizards Nick Andersen and Julie Ho of CONFETTISYSTEM, who have been working with J.Crew since 2010.

Nick and Julie, both Martha Stewart Living alums, work out of their New York studio where each design is meticulously crafted by hand. (We’re perfectionists, obsessed with building and refining,” Julie says.) In the case of the flower garlands they designed for J.Crew, two days were spent creating more than 200 individual flowers and leaves for each strand. They worked with our set design director, Tracy, to carefully select the tissue-paper color based on the wedding and party dresses used in the shoot. “We’re really inspired by simple materials,” says Julie. “In the end, we just really want people to have fun with what we create.”

Next month, look for flower garlands by CONFETTISYSTEM in the store windows of our bridal boutique at 91 Fifth Ave in New York City. Shop our full weddings and party collection here.


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Detail by Design: The Mayfair Topcoat

crafted from our sturdy yet soft English wool from the legendary Marling & Evans
mill in West of England. we updated this old world-style topcoat with a slimmer
fit and an extra ticket pocket. mother nature, bring on the cold.



Oxfordshire-based mill Marling & Evans’s fine woolen cloth is renowned for its refinement—it was first established as a hand-weaving shop in the 16th century in the West of England.



The inside of our topcoat has a luxurious Bemberg lining, a bespoke-inspired detail you’ll recognize from our Ludlow suit. We like the Bemberg lining because it has an extra-silky hand and is favored by suit makers for its breathability and moisture absorption.



The red design on the logo is the merchant’s mark, which hundreds of years ago would have been stenciled onto the cloth bales before they left the mill to be exported across Europe.



Ours features an exterior ticket pocket, a detail borrowed from traditional topcoats. Nowadays it’s handy for storing modern equivalents, like MetroCards, your iPhone or tickets to the Giants game.

Shop all our men’s outerwear

Crew Review: Magazines of the Moment

while we devour Vogue and GQ with the best of them, we’re always on the
hunt for artful, lesser-known titles. here, a few of our favorites…

Rika Magazine... "This magazine is a recent discoveryI love that it’s so pretty and feminine. There are no
credits inside—so it was a happy surprise when I looked online and found it was French!”

—Julie, associate art director (and resident Francophile)

The Gentlewoman "This is a favorite read of mine because of its viewpoint
and refreshing take on fashion.” 

—Gayle, head women’s stylist 

Pin-Up Magazine “I’m a total design nerd and I love the playful layout. 
Not to mention it has killer photography!”

—Heather, graphic designer 

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Stroke of genius

Illustrator Samantha Hahn picked up her paintbrush for New York Magazine’s
The Cut and captured her favorite looks from our spring/ summer 2013 presentation.
Talk about picture perfect…

See more here

On location: Hello, Tokyo!

this month, we took to the vibrant streets of Tokyo, Japan. in between
shots, our crew managed to squeeze in a spot of souvenir shopping…
Sushi-shaped candy: “I brought these back as a cute gift for my coworkers.
Love the whimsy and tongue-in-cheek quality they have.
And, as with everything else in Japan, the packaging is just exquisite.”

—Gayle, head women’s stylist

Tenugui: “These are hand-dyed cotton cloths called tenugui. They feature
traditional Japanese patterns, and people in Tokyo use them for anything
and everything—gift wrap, headbands, lunch boxes, you name it.”

—Brian, crewcuts prop stylist

Handmade brushes: “I bought these handmade brushes in a tiny store in
the Asakusa neighborhood. You can find all sorts of traditional
Japanese items there, from makeup worn by Kabuki actors to
horsehair toothbrushes like these.”

—Allison, associate stylist

Soy sauce bowl: “This beautiful soy sauce bowl comes from a store called
Pass the Baton, which sells used items and traditional Japanese goods.
All the used pieces have a tag telling the story of where they come from and
their past owner—a really unique and personal touch.”


Fashion Week: Beauty Notes

we loved the clothes at our spring 2013 presentation, but the icing on the cake had to be the models’ gorgeous hair and makeup. we asked our beauty gurus how to get the complete look (and be ready for our close-up) in no time.
The Face: Flawless and Dewy
1. Prime skin with Laura Mercier Radiance mixed with moisturizer, then dab LMR along the cheekbones for extra definition.
2. Lightly apply a cream blush to the apple of the cheeks for a subtle doll-like effect (try Stila’s Convertible Color blush in Petunia—it’s sheer perfection).

The Eye: Watercolor Wonder
1. Prime the lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, then brush white eyeshadow over the entire area (we used NYX Cosmetics’ eyeshadow in white).
2. To create the subtle watercolor effect, first blend a light layer of green shadow over the entire lid (try NYX Cosmetics’ jumbo eye pencil—it doubles as a shadow!).
3. Darken the color at the crease of the eye with an additional layer of color.
4. Heavily line the outer half of the upper and lower lash lines for even more impact.
5. Finish by curling lashes and applying two coats of mascara for extra oomph (we’re fans of Maybelline Great Lash).

The Lip: Stained Perfection
1. Moisturize lips, then prime them with MAC Prep + Prime.
2. Color in entire mouth with an orangey-red pencil (we like Make Up For Ever’s lip pencil—it stays on longer than regular lipstick and won’t smudge).
3. Apply a dab of Laura Mercier Radiance at the bow of the lip for a perfect pout.
The Style: A Sleek and Polished Pony
1. Use a straightening iron to create a pin-straight effect.
2. Brush hair back from the forehead and secure into a tight pony at the back of the head with a hair elastic.
3. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic to cover it, and secure with a bobby pin.
4. Smooth flyaways and the ponytail itself with hair spray for a picture-perfect finish (we used Sebastian Shaper).

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