Test-drive: The Abingdon Collection

we rounded up three of our camera-wielding photographer friends and asked them to hit the road with our newest Abingdon bags.




To shop the entire Abingdon collection, click here.

Now Trending: Suede Longwings

Spotted on the street: our men’s writer sporting the Alden® for
J.Crew suede Longwing bluchers.

Suit Up: Ten Mills to Know

our signature Ludlow suit, which is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans (the
process takes over 200 steps from start to finish) is available in everything from
Italian oxford to Japanese chambray. here’s a quick snapshot of the mills that
should be on your radar…
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Explore our Ludlow Suit shop here. Follow our adventures with #jcrewonfilm on
Instagram and Twitter.

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Highlight Reel: Men’s Writer Sean Hotchkiss
days during Fashion Week are long, and running around town is standard fare. Sean started the morning off at our own fall presentation at Lincoln Center, took in next season’s collection from friend Ernest Alexander in Soho, and capped the evening off at the Michael Bastian runway show. here is how Tuesday looked through his lens.
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Explore more of our coverage of our New York Fashion Week presentation here.

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Men’s Fittings
guys, take note, there’s no shortage of layered up fair isle coming down the
pipeline for fall. follow our photo diary in the days leading up to our presentation
for a sneak peek at what’s to come…
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Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Check back daily for behind-the-scenes glimpses of the action as we get ready for
our fall 2013 presentation during New York Fashion Week on February 12th
at Lincoln Center.

And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew for of-the-moment updates on our show.

Suiting Up: Sean Sullivan

“When guys tell me they need a suit quickly, I always send them to J.Crew,” says
Sean Sullivan, a New York filmmaker, photographer and founder of the
crazy-popular Tumblr The Impossible Cool. Since we’re in the middle of what some
would refer to as “tux season,” he swung through the Ludlow Shop in Tribeca last
weekend to check out our latest addition to the formal rotation, the Ludlow
shawl-collar tuxedo jacket
, which is offered exclusively in the store and online.
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In addition to kitting out Sullivan in J.Crew formal attire (he wore it rather
well, as you can see above), we also talked photography, music and Miami.
“I was just down at Art Basel and I stayed at the newly opened Freehand
Hostel
, from the owners of the NoMad in New York. It’s a different Miami
over there—none of the craziness of South Beach, just some Rolling Stones
playing by the pool.”
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Sullivan immediately gravitated to the one-button, shawl-collar Ludlow over
the more traditional two-button peak lapel, and we paired it with some
vintage silver- knot cuff links available in the shop, a linen pocket square
and a pair of beautiful Crockett & Jones® black cap toes. And while Sean’s own
style usually lands in the realm of rugged and smart casual—beat-up boots,
denim jackets, wool overcoats and the like—he does occasionally don black
tie. “I got invited to Tony Bennett’s birthday last year—don’t ask me how,”
Sullivan says with a laugh, “but yes, the tux got dusted off for that.”
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So what questions about formalwear do you ask the guy who spends
his spare time digging through the Getty archives in LA for the most iconic
photos of the past century? Simple: You ask him who’s done it best. “That
photo of Newman at Cannes on the boat… He’s got some scruff going and
the pack of Marlboros hanging out of his jacket… I mean, as far as tux
photos go, that’s gotta be the best I’ve ever seen.”
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Visit our online Ludlow Shop here.

Inside the Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson

we took a look around our original stand-alone suiting shop at 50 Hudson
in New York City and asked our visual store designer, Glenn, for the story
behind the goods on display.
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Visit our online Ludlow Shop here.

Photographs by Bryan Derballa.

Gift Shopping with Billykirk

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked one of our favorite In Good
Company partners, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray of leather goods label Billykirk,
what they’re checking off their lists, as well as how they take their eggnog
(spiked) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Gift Shopping with Spencer Lyons

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked activist (and Style Guide star)
Spencer Lyons what he’s checking off his list this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Gift of the Day (Discovered): Caputo & Co. Bracelets

guys in the know have been wearing Caputo & Co. bracelets since the line
launched last year, but these leather and waxed cotton bracelets are more than
just rugged good looks. they do good as well.
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“I call the collection ‘Istanbul meets preppy,’” says designer and In Good
Company partner Alex Caputo, the aesthetic eye behind the textile-inspired,
waxed cotton bracelets J.Crew carries this season. Alex, who is from
Venezuela, has teamed up with the Guatemala-based nonprofit Comunidades
de la Tierra
to bring jobs and fair pay to workers in the region and to further
the time-honored tradition of hand knotting.

“The DNA of the brand has always centered around handmade artisan
items with workwear details,” says Alex of his socially conscious designs,
which are often inspired by trips to far-flung places such as Thailand,
Istanbul and Argentina.

He sources his leather from eco-friendly tanneries in Mexico, which, he
explains, “leave in imperfections—that’s part of their beauty” and use only
natural vegetable dyes. The result is a bracelet that even the jewelry-shy guy in
your life will wear for years (and it’ll only get better as he does).

Shop our selection of Caputo & Co. bracelets here.

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