Studio Tour: Apiece Apart™

On a road trip through Texas, two best friends were inspired to create the perfect travel wardrobe of mix-and-matchable pieces. Six years later, they’re taking on your entire closet. Read more here.

Studio Tour: Apiece Apart™
On a road trip through Texas, two best friends were inspired to create the perfect travel wardrobe of mix-and-matchable pieces. Six years later, they’re taking on your entire closet. Read more here. Studio Tour: Apiece Apart™
On a road trip through Texas, two best friends were inspired to create the perfect travel wardrobe of mix-and-matchable pieces. Six years later, they’re taking on your entire closet. Read more here.
Studio Tour: Apiece Apart™
On a road trip through Texas, two best friends were inspired to create the perfect travel wardrobe of mix-and-matchable pieces. Six years later, they’re taking on your entire closet. Read more here. Studio Tour: Apiece Apart™
On a road trip through Texas, two best friends were inspired to create the perfect travel wardrobe of mix-and-matchable pieces. Six years later, they’re taking on your entire closet. Read more here.

Up Close: Tomboy Dressing with Designer Demy Lee

new York-based designer (and recent Discovered featured subject) Demy Lee’s collection strikes the balance between elegant and slouchy cool. our stylist Gayle used some of her pieces in our latest J.Crew Collection shoot and, here, shares a few of her favorites.
Our stylist Gayle mixed in Demy Lee’s modern, minimalist designs with the other pieces from J.Crew for our latest Collection shoot. Here, the model wears the Demylee™ Aliz pant with a Collection cashmere boyfriend sweater and women’s Ludlow blazer in Italian wool flannel.
To shop our selection of Demylee, click here. To explore J.Crew Collection, click here.

Meet…Caroline Ventura of BRVTVS

we had a jewelry crush on Caroline Ventura of BRVTVS (pronounced “Brutus” and named for the unfaithful friend of Julius Caesar) well before we actually met her. now that we’ve teamed up with her for the launch of our fine-jewelry collection, we thought it was high time we invited ourselves over to her West Village studio to see how she puts it all together.
Caroline wears her own COS button-down and the Point Sur hightower skinny jean in epic wash.

A Google search reveals that you learned about soldering in middle school. True? The other kids were making friendship bracelets and you were an aspiring metalsmith?
My dad worked as a video engineer in Hollywood on a lot of films—all the Rocky and Rambo movies and the Naked Gun series, to name a few—so he was always fixing video equipment in his workshop. A lot of it required him to fix circuit boards, so he was always soldering things. I used to love to go in there and ask a million questions about what each part did and what needed fixing.

Like many good lines, yours began with the desire to create a bracelet you could wear every day. Can you tell us a bit about that?
I wanted a delicate bracelet for myself—something simple that I could wear daily. At the time, most of the jewelry out there was really flashy; costume jewelry was a big trend. The few pieces I liked, I couldn’t afford, so I just decided to make a bracelet myself. I researched where to buy gold at wholesale, and it just happened from there. My first trip to the diamond district in New York City opened my eyes. I bought chain, clasps, gold sheet and metal shears and pliers and went home to mess around.
How would you describe the BRVTVS aesthetic? How does it reflect your own personal approach to style?
I think things are at their best when they are simple. I love the idea of having a uniform of sorts, and I really try to design things that you put on and don’t want to take off, so it becomes a part of you.

I’m really into the idea of combining opposites. Pairing my thick ring with the delicate chain link ring is one of my favorite combos. Even the way I dress—I gravitate toward clothes that are a little more boyish, but I love feminine materials like linen and silk.

Your own personal piercing mix-and-match approach to earrings is pretty unique too…
I’m really drawn to asymmetry and mixing shapes and metals. I sell all my earrings individually, as opposed to doing them in pairs, so you can mix different pieces together to create your own unique setup. My friend Colby, who works at NY Adorned, is my go-to when I need a piercing fix. He’s brilliant at creating something unique for each person he sees.
Where does your design process start?
Each piece comes to life differently. Sometimes, I have an idea that needs to be sketched out so I can get proper proportions and see it on paper. Other times, I just have an idea and start working with the metal right away. Living in New York is great inspiration. I’m really drawn to architecture. I love when I come across an interesting shape and can figure out how to translate it into something wearable.
Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Suzy Gerstein for the Magnet Agency.

To shop our entire assortment of BRVTVS, click here. Then, explore the J.Crew fine jewelry collection here.

What to Pack For: A Weekend in Upstate New York

when photographer Matt Hranek isn’t documenting his travels on his blog, The William Brown Project, he can be found at his house in upstate New York escaping for low-key weekends fishing and cooking with his family. here’s what’s always in his bag…
Last-minute packer or plan-ahead packer?
I always pack one day ahead for a trip (I hate the anxiety of not having what I need or being under-geared), but I’m less stressed when I’m just going to my house in the country.

Anything you won’t travel without?
I don’t travel without some camera (right now it’s the Sony RX100, an amazing point-and-shoot) or a sturdy tote.

Favorite travel companion?
My favorite travel companion is, without a doubt, my wife, Yolanda. We’re a great team and generally love the same things (she doesn’t fish or hunt but humors my pursuits).

How do you keep busy?
Activities upstate are pretty mellow and spontaneous. There is always some fishing, foraging and swimming. But the main activity is eating and drinking; we have great products in upstate New York to cook with and generally spend the whole day talking about what we’ll prepare for dinner.

Any local spots you could suggest to us?
The Catskills are one of the most magical spots in the Northeast—I just love driving there. One of my favorite places to go is the Alpine Wurst & Meat House not too far away in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. It’s like you just drove to Bavaria; they smoke and cure all their own meats, make the most amazing German sausages and have great old-school butchers on site. They also have a killer little German restaurant, which is terrific for lunch.

Where are you hoping to go next?
I am really lucky that my job takes me all over the place but I am really ready for an extensive trip to Japan. I need to tick that one off the list big time.
1. His own Orvis® tote
2. His own copy of The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
3. His own Barbour® Bedale jacket
4. His own vintage pocket knife
5. J. Crew Nautical Stripe Sweater
6. J.Crew Chambray and Seersucker shirts
7. M. Nii® Waxer Swim Trunk
8. Quoddy® for J.Crew suede canoe moccasins
9. His own Sony Cybershot camera
10. Ludlow Suit Jacket in microstripe cotton
11. Bowery Slim Short in cotton twill
12. His own Il Bisconte notebook

To shop our entire men’s assortment, click here.

meet Mark, our art director and all-around aesthetic eye, who, in addition to being an early adopter of super-cuffed denim, rocks a pair of Adidas® Stan Smiths™ like nobody’s business.

Growing up, what influenced your style?
I read my first GQ when I was 12 and asked my mother for a subscription for my 13th birthday. I am a child of the ’80s and a young adult of the ’90s—music was a big influence: The Smiths, Depeche Mode and some Madonna, I’ll admit.

Safe to say you’re a diehard sneaker guy, right?
I think sneakers are so comfortable, and what’s so great about them is that they have the ability to make, say, a pair of tuxedo pants and a chambray shirt feel right for work. They’re not for everyone, but I like to mix things up.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Special thanks to the Foliage Garden. To shop Mark’s Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, click here.


we headed down to Soho, where founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky recently opened their third salon, to hear what it’s like running a business with your best friend and to find out—with summer fast approaching— their preferred manicure hue.

Before starting their company, Nadine and Adair would often meet after work to get their nails done—but they found themselves wanting a bit more luxury and calm in what could be considered a cookie-cutter experience. “With a laundry list of things we would do differently, we finally decided to open our own nail salon,” Nadine explains. Between running their business and each raising young kids, the pair (who joke that they’re each other’s second spouses) have a lot in common. “Our strengths are complementary in a completely natural way,” says Nadine. “Certainly we care about our business, but we always put our friendship first.”

When they were creating their exclusive colors for J.Crew, the duo used their collective longing for summer as inspiration. “The colors are meant to put you in a cheerful mood,” says Nadine. And of course, their new location in the heart of Soho also played a role: Each polish is named after a street in the neighborhood (Prince, Spring, Hudson and Houston), and the colors capture the offbeat feel of the area that inspired them. “Prince is my go-to nail color this summer,” says Adair. “It’s a pale lilac, so it feels different than the typical summer pinks or reds.”

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Joshua Ristaino and makeup by Deanna Melluso, both for the Magnet Agency.

To shop tenoverten’s newest nail colors for J.Crew, click here. For details on our complimentary manicures event, click here.

Men’s Fittings & Styling
A glimpse at what’s in store for our presentation tomorrow…

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Be sure to follow us @jcrew on Instagram and Twitter for a first look at our fall/winter 2014 collection.

we’ve got denim on the brain. with a new crop of J.Crew denim debuting this month, we asked a few friends to pick a favorite pair to take for a spin. here, Leandra Medine, (aka the Man Repeller) gets into our Eastwood jean.

What person—dead, alive or fictional—wore denim best?
Paul Newman.
You’ve referred to denim as the “official fabric of man repelling.” Explain.
Denim is the fabric of man repelling because, by my own definition, man repelling is concerned with exercising a very distinct and unilateral sense of personal style. This is almost always propelled by what a woman can do with the one item that females can rest assured every other member of the party definitely has: a pair of jeans.
Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
YES. They were patchwork jeans by D&G. On one side they were a dark wash denim and on the other they were multicolored plaid suede. And then I knew I was in it for the long haul when Stella McCartney was making jeans at Chloé.

Photography by Alexey Yurenev. Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz (using Alterna) and makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics), both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

Special thanks to the Marlton Hotel.
To shop our newest assortment of J.Crew denim, click here.

Instagram a photo of how you roll, pair and wear your favorite jeans with hashtag #jcrewdenim for a chance to win one of three $1,500 J.Crew shopping sprees. Our creative director Jenna Lyons will pick her three favorites, so, you know, get ‘grammin. Click here for more details.

Sunday with…Tom Mora
with over 400 vintage and new coffee-table books in his collection, our women’s designer, Tom, has constant inspiration at his fingertips. we spent a morning in his Chelsea apartment flipping through a few of his favorites.
Tom wears a J.Crew lightweight garment-dyed shirt (similar here), J.Crew 484 jean in vintage worn wash (similar here) and Tricker’s boots.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Winner’s Circle

it’s that time again, and we’re sending a big congrats to this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, Public School, and runners-up, Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary. here, we break down everything you need to know about the competition—including when to get the exclusive collections the winner and runners-up created for us…

Started in 2003 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue magazine, it’s a design competition that helps up-and-coming talent develop their businesses. The designers are judged by a committee made up of industry leaders, including Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and our very own creative director, Jenna Lyons.

The winner and two runners-up are awarded $300,000 and $100,000 cash prizes, respectively, to empower them to pursue their design plans. They also have regular meetings with an assigned business mentor and are given the opportunity to work with Jenna and J.Crew’s design team on a capsule collection to be released in late spring. Plus, there are the (unlimited) bragging rights…

Collections by Public School, Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary for J.Crew will be available at on May 21st. Watch this space.

To learn more about our exclusive collaboration with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, click here.

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