Studio Tour: Emma Smith

London-based artist and self-proclaimed animal lover Emma Smith is responsible for the honeybee illustrations on our collection of tees for Buglife, a charity that supports the conservation of bees and other endangered bugs. We stopped by Emma’s studio in East London to talk flora, fauna and how we can all help save the bees. Read more here.

Studio Tour: Emma Smith
London-based artist and self-proclaimed animal lover Emma Smith is responsible for the honeybee illustrations on our collection of tees for Buglife, a charity that supports the conservation of bees and other endangered bugs. We stopped by Emma’s studio in East London to talk flora, fauna and how we can all help save the bees. Read more here. Studio Tour: Emma Smith
London-based artist and self-proclaimed animal lover Emma Smith is responsible for the honeybee illustrations on our collection of tees for Buglife, a charity that supports the conservation of bees and other endangered bugs. We stopped by Emma’s studio in East London to talk flora, fauna and how we can all help save the bees. Read more here.
Studio Tour: Emma Smith
London-based artist and self-proclaimed animal lover Emma Smith is responsible for the honeybee illustrations on our collection of tees for Buglife, a charity that supports the conservation of bees and other endangered bugs. We stopped by Emma’s studio in East London to talk flora, fauna and how we can all help save the bees. Read more here. Studio Tour: Emma Smith
London-based artist and self-proclaimed animal lover Emma Smith is responsible for the honeybee illustrations on our collection of tees for Buglife, a charity that supports the conservation of bees and other endangered bugs. We stopped by Emma’s studio in East London to talk flora, fauna and how we can all help save the bees. Read more here.

Curator’s Tour: Isabella Blow at Somerset House

fashion curator Shonagh Marshall, takes us through the new ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’ exhibition at Somerset House and talks about the year she spent archiving the late fashion eccentric’s over-the-top wardrobe and working with set designer (and
J.Crew collaborator) Shona Heath.
You’ve been working with the Isabella Blow collection since her close friend and philanthropist Daphne Guinness first purchased it. What is it like to see it come to life in this exhibition?
It is phenomenal to see the 100 pieces of clothing being presented in this way. I was first employed by Daphne Guinness to work on archiving the collection (I photographed, catalogued and stored each garment and accessory), and much of the collection’s contents were undocumented, so there was a great sense of discovery as I went through Isabella’s wardrobe. It was incredible to be able to share her collection with the public as a way of celebrating her life, work and style.


What has been the most interesting thing about working with Isabella Blow’s collection?
There is a record of Isabella’s life lived, from the lone heel once belonging to a Manolo Blahnik silver sandal (which she perhaps intended to get reattached) to the rips in the train of an Alexander McQueen lilac jacket from the autumn/winter 1996 Dante collection.
How is the collection presented?
The exhibition is arranged thematically, beginning with a section on Isabella’s family, which includes family albums and video footage. The exhibition then looks at the graduation designs from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald—all British designers whom Isabella discovered and supported early on.
Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
I don’t think I could pick just one piece, but I really adore all the McQueen for Givenchy couture pieces. Alexander McQueen was head of Givenchy for such a short period of time, so these were very rare to come across.

What was it like to work with Shona Heath, whom J.Crew recently worked with in advance of our London store opening?
Working with Shona Heath was so integral to making the exhibition energetic and relevant. Shona designed bespoke mannequins for the exhibition, developing a different treatment for each section and working closely with us to respond to the clothing. Her involvement added so much to the display of the objects while capturing Isabella’s colorful character.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! runs through March 2, 2014 at Somerset House. For more information, click here.

Studio Tour: E. Tautz

on a rather Dickensian morning, we visited the design studio of E. Tautz (in addition to designing menswear it produces a small line of women’s shirts) and chatted with its handsome creative director, Patrick Grant, about the London menswear scene, buying up a Savile Row tailor, Norton & Sons, and his love of collar studs.
Hometown and current home
I grew up in Edinburgh and recently moved from Three Mills Island to Marylebone.

In addition to designing for E. Tautz, you also run the Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. How do you split your time?
In principle, I try to divide my time evenly between the studio in Wapping and the shop on Savile Row—mornings in one and afternoons in the other. But the reality is a bit of a jumble of these two projects, plus all the other things I work on. I keep a paper diary, a pencil and an eraser on me at all times. 
Have you always been obsessed with clothes?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fastidious about my dress. Even as a five-year-old, I always wanted to be neat and well turned out: tie tied just so, socks up, shorts neat.

What are your earliest memories of getting dressed up?
I remember it began with my dad’s clothes: beautiful, slim tailored suits made for him in the ’60s; crisp white collars and soft well-worn shirts; all the beautiful little laundry labels and tabs in the neck; embroidered initials. I loved the routine of putting on collar studs and cuff links, polished shoes and a perfectly tied tie. It felt like part of being a man.

Most treasured piece of clothing in your closet?
I have a dinner suit of my grandfather’s that was tailored in 1935. I still wear it today and it looks as beautiful as ever (though it’s about as thick as an old blanket).

Most stylish Englishman you know?
Musician Jarvis Cocker is consistently the most stylish man around.



Photography by Bryan Derballa.

A small assortment of E. Tautz women’s shirts, including a button-down and a collarless popover, are available exclusively in our Brompton Cross boutique (171–175 Draycott Ave., London SW3 3AJ).

Explore our entire assortment of men’s and women’s styles here.

Hello, Brompton Cross

we wanted to make the home of J.Crew Collection feel like one of a kind, so we worked closely with a handful of antique dealers and local artists, such as fashion illustrator Tanya Ling, to fill the store with original pieces. as an added touch, we gave visitors a bunch of fresh flowers with their purchase in honor of our grand opening. how’s that for a bit of sunshine on a rainy day?
Photography by Daniella Zalcman.

In London? Pop by our Brompton store, located at 171-175 Draycott Ave., between now and Friday, November 22, and receive a complimentary bouquet of flowers with your purchase.

For a closer look at one of the artists we worked with on our Brompton Cross decoration, click here. For more on our new stores in London, click here.

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.

Occupation
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.

Who’s That Girl?

we asked the London-based artist Tanya Ling (who originally hails from Calcutta) to create this series of drawings especially for our J.Crew Collection store at Brompton Cross. here, a few of our favorites…
How did you get your start as a fashion illustrator?
I was restless after the birth of my youngest daughter, Evangeline, so my husband suggested I make some drawings, which we exhibited at a friend’s studio. The editors of British Vogue saw them and commissioned me. After a commission by Harrods, I used the money to take a trip to New York, where my career got underway with projects for Harper’s Bazaar and U.S. Elle.

How would you describe your illustration style?
Intuitive.

What’s your favorite fashion memory?
In the spring of 1988, my fashion class at Central Saint Martins traveled to Paris to see a few fashion shows. It was a fabulous trip, and I was able to see the Comme des Garçons show. It was such a thrill to be there.

This is off topic, but we have to admit we have a huge crush on your Instagram account. We love the way you create triptychs across your feed. Are you a big fan of the app?
I love the creative process of posting on Instagram. I just started using it about a year ago, with images of artwork (mine and other artists) that interested me. I realized you could make shapes and patterns with the tiles and just followed my instincts and created a story.


Our J.Crew Collection store at Brompton Cross (171-175 Draycott Ave.) is now open. For more on our opening in London, click here.

We’ve Arrived
we’re releasing 1,000 balloons (not to worry, they’re biodegradable) this morning to celebrate the opening of our Regent Street flagship. pop on by, won’t you?

J.Crew at Regent Street: 165 Regent Street
J.Crew 38 Lamb’s Conduit: 38 Lamb’s Conduit
J.Crew Collection at Brompton Cross: 171-175 Draycott Ave.
For more on our new London locations, click here.

Toasting London Town
hundreds of balloons, mini-tacos, mini-burgers and a prop-filled photo booth (packed with the requisite British ephemera) made for one lively night of playing dress-up as we celebrated our Regent Street flagship opening.
Goodnight, robot.
Photography by Daniella Zalcman

If you’re in London tomorrow, November 8th, join us at 10am, when we’ll release 1,000 balloons (don’t worry, we made sure they’re biodegradable) in honor of our Regent Street grand opening.

For more on our new stores in London, click here.

Window Dressing
for our Regent Street flagship windows, we couldn’t think of anyone better to team up with than Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho of New York–based CONFETTISYSTEM—they’ve been dreaming up eye-catching props for our stores and Style Guides since 2010. using their signature materials of fringed tissue and metallic sheet paper, the pair created an eclectic mix of London-themed props (including a robot wearing a queen’s guard hat that just melts our heart).



Photography by Daniella Zalcman.

For an even closer look at the CONFETTISYSTEM installation in London, click here.

To read more about our work with CONFETTISYSTEM, click here or here.

Our London flagship at Regent Street opens November 8th. For more on our opening in London, 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.

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