Well, the temperature just dropped massively this week and it’s about time we all invest in some additional support for our feet. J.Crew’s just taken stock of a few different designs from CHUP that will keep you warm and add some subtle pop to your outfits. The Japanese sock brand uses an authentic stocking frame to create a durable, long lasting, and comfortable fit. The detailing is exceptional as the lengthy production process allows only 20-25 pairs to be crafted a day and each pair incorporates ethnic patterns and colors from all over the world. J.Crew currently carries four designs that will run through the holiday season.
Frank Muytjen and team at J.Crew presented this week at New York Fashion Week, showcasing both their men’s and women’s offerings for Spring/Summer 2014. Here, we have all the men’s looks from the show, giving you the opportunity to check out the diverse range of styles the American brand will be releasing come next spring. Chambray will be seen on a lot of the pieces while you can also expect a few nautical striped tops in the mix as well. There are a few suits and blazers coming for S/S ’14, all hitting stores just in time for the summer wedding season.
J.Crew has been on a bit of hot streak as of late as they gear up for the upcoming season. Their fall catalog was pinned on their Pinterest page in its entirety and made available to pre-order. Note that this is before the products even showed up in their printed catalogs or on their Web store. Now, J.Crew is has also unveiled Discovered, a new shop featuring a curation of hand picked, hard to find items that the American retailer has gathered from trips around the world, word of mouth and some from their own archives even. What we love most about Discovered is that it will unveil new interesting and unique finds every month. J.Crew’s creative and design teams will pick 10 special pieces from third party partners and their own in-house items for Men’s, Women’s and Crewcuts.
The selections will vary from month to month and each item will feature its own editorial content, photography and/or a curated video. This rich content will help to tell the deeper story behind the product and provide insight into why it was chosen.
Discovered went live online today and will debut in J.Crew’s September style guide with a dedicated section in the catalog each month. For the month of September, some standout pieces include Ebbets Field Hats, Nanamica Camo Cruiser, New Balance 998, DS & Durga Homesteader Cologne, and Monogramming. Oh, and speaking of which, J.Crew rounded up four style experts to get their thoughts on the venerable monogram. Video can be found below.
J.Crew, as part of their J.Crew on Film series, recently took a trip to one of the storied Italian mills that produces fabric for our Ludlow suit. The team traveled to Italy’s Vitale Barberis Canonico mill to learn how the intersection of family, tradition and passion creates a suiting fabric tailor-made for the J.Crew’s iconic Ludlow suit. The film highlights the American brand’s appreciation for design, quality, heritage, artistry and the people who bring their designs to life.
Check out the video below in which Francesco Barberis Canonico, the charismatic scion of this family business, provides narration. The full story can be found on J.Crew.
J.Crew presented their men’s and women’s collections for Fall/Winter 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, showcasing two very complete and wearable collections. The brand’s done an exceptional job raising awareness for the presentation through their various social and digital outlets, most notably Instagram and Tumblr. The hype was built and J.Crew delivered.
Frank Muytjens, head of men’s design, pulled inspiration from many places including wide-angled David Bailey portraits from the 1960s, particularly ones of Michael Caine, a visit to the Welsh countryside and a day-trip to Oxford, England. The designer reexamined classics – English tweeds, oilcloth, herringbones and black watch fabrics, but cut in clean silhouettes gave them a kind of strong, masculine heft. These rich fabrics are delivered effortlessly in J.Crew’s Ludlow suit fit while other complimentary pieces fill up the rest of the collection. All-in-all, we saw the suiting for F/W 2013 to be the strongest we’ve ever seen from the American label.
For the spring season, J.Crew has taken stock of a couple pocket squares that will look solid with your suiting throughout the summer and even a few you can pull off year ’round as well. The denim pocket square with floral print as well as the other with cross print really stand out from the pack.
J.Crew Creative Director and President Jenna Lyons and head of men’s design Frank Muytjens recently went on a journey to some of the oldest manufacturing facilities in italy to get a taste of how the highest quality shirts are produced and then chosen by J.Crew’s design team. Highlights of the trip include a behind-the-scenes look into the factories of shirt manufacturer Thomas Mason as well as the prestigious Crespi factory.
J.Crew’s workwear-inspired utility shirts have been reinvisioned for the upcoming season in 10o percent cotton twill with an extremely soft, brushed finish. The shirts feature a front flap pocket and comes in J.Crew’s Regular Fit — a tailored cut with a made-to-measure feel. Pick them up now as they’re on sale. We recommend going with the indigo shell.
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