By the Numbers
when Casey Neistat took our new Ludlow Traveler suit out for a test-drive, we knew he’d rack up some serious stats. this is the guy, after all, with more YouTube hits than air miles.
At 37,000 feet.

Fixing a flat in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Los Angeles, California.

Snowboarding in Big Bear Lake, California.
Surfing in Ixtapa, Mexico.

In the Nevada desert.

J.Crew New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

Jenna, Tom and Frank take us behind-the-scenes at our New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 presentation.

A Moment with…The Ross Sea Party

get to know our West Coast friends The Ross Sea Party…
From left to right: Mark Tillman (guitar), Jacquelyn Thropay (keys), William Vanderwyden (bass), Mike Nussbaum (drums) and Brady Erickson (guitar and lead vocals).

What’s the story behind “In Cairo,” which we selected for our Looks We Love video?
Brady: It’s a song about the way that music, dancing and body language transcend spoken language. Plus, it’s a subtle nod to the Cure, one of my all-time favorites.

Tell us more about the story behind the album cover design.
Brady: In addition to playing music, I’m also a painter, and I end up creating a lot of the artwork for the band. The cover of the album is artwork I originally created as a poster for a live show just as we were wrapping up the album.
Who were some of your musical influences while growing up?
Mark: We all represent different corners of the country—from SoCal to the “dirty South” to the heartland. I had access to my parents’ vault of vinyl—not to mention a college rock fascination with the nearby Athens, Georgia, music scene—so music captured me at a very young age.

Brady: I’ve always been most inspired by watching artists play live, so I think I’ve been most influenced by dozens of local bands—punk bands that I could see in person and listen to at dangerously high volumes.

What do you love most about living and being musicians in LA?
Brady: LA offers a constant supply of inspiration. In addition to the countless great musicians and places to see, hear and buy music, the city is also so diverse that—even having lived here for over 10 years—I still see it as a foreign and mysterious place. Oh, and the weather ain’t bad either.

What band(s) are you guys excited about now?
Mike: I can’t speak for everyone’s particular tastes, but right now I’m into Vacationer, Lord Huron, Cayucas, Jagwar Ma, Papa, Heartless Bastards and White Arrows.

Photograph courtesy of Jacky Noel.

Fall Calls for…New Music

fall calls for new coats, a change in your coffee order—and new music. check out our video that includes some of our favorite fall looks…

From left to right: Mark Tillman (guitar), Jacquelyn Thropay (keys), William Vanderwyden (bass), Mike Nussbaum (drums) and Brady Erickson (guitar and lead vocals).

Photograph courtesy of Jacky Noel.

The track “In Cairo” is on their debut LP, Hotel Pool.

A Moment with…Pret-à-Surf®

New Yorkers Jillian Demling and Karen Mulligan launched Pret-à-Surf (“ready to surf”) back in 2011, and we’ve been fans ever since. this month, we collaborated with our friends on a special mix of rash guards, board shorts and swimsuits inspired by some of their much-loved designs. we hung out with the ladies in Malibu, where these East Coast girls looked right at home…
Best friends Jillian and Karen talk about the inspiration behind Pret-à-Surf and why it’s OK to be a sporty girl and hang with the boys in our latest J.Crew film, “Pretty Swell.”
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Five things that remind you of summer. Go.
1. Surfing.
2. The farmer’s market in Hampton Springs.
3. Longer days.
4. Honeysuckle.
5. Bike rides to the beach.

How long have you each been surfing?
Karen: Ten years.
Jillian: Three years.

We also heard you guys are into stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Tell us more about that.
We both took up SUP three years ago and love it. We’ll go to Gardiners Bay in Hampton Springs or the beach at the end of Wyandanch Road in the Amagansett dunes.

Favorite beach?
Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kauai.

Where do you get away on weekends?
Amagansett, Long Island.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don’t be afraid of falling.

If your best friend asks where to take up surfing, where do you send her?
Corky Carroll’s Surf School in Nosara, Costa Rica.

You guys have already surfed together in Montauk and Costa Rica. Where are you headed next?
El Salvador.

What’s your favorite piece in the J.Crew and Pret-à-Surf collaboration?
The short-sleeve stripe and polka-dot rash guards.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop the entire Pret-à-Surf collection, click here.

Woolen Wonderland

we asked the knitting aficionados from Wool and the Gang™
to create the window displays for our crewcuts Madison Avenue store
(get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy…)

WOOL AND THE GANG For Crewcuts on Vimeo.

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