Thursday, October 2, 2014

JCA "Help Style Me!" Weekly Post

This is the weekly "Help Style Me!" post, where we can share items we are having trouble putting outfits together with. Elaine (in this post) says it best, "You know, that thing you bought because you love it and you keep pulling it out and then putting it away without wearing it?"

Please share your J.Crew item (either that you own or are thinking about getting) that you would love help creating an outfit with.

Also, please help out by offering your styling advice. Feel free to include links to your blog (where you incorporated that piece) or to Polyvore (where you showcased an outfit with that piece). Thanks in advance! :)

J.Crew Spring 2015 Collection Looks

 
"Thanks!" to  many of you, including
JSR (in this post), who let us know that Style.com posted J.Crew's Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Looks for us to check out. Click here to see all 29 looks!



I have to quote JSR (in this post), for this look above: "...Couldn't someone fix the crotch first before taking the picture?? The model looks like she has man parts. I understand the drop crotch style...but this is funny." LOL!!!!





 I love this whole look (especially the ivory blazer), very chic!












I have to quote JSR (in this post) again: "...I kind of like the collection... BUT... now the more I look at it, the more it reminds me of Bea Arthur's character-Dorothy on The Golden Girls. Hahaha..Oh no! How she wore those oversized shirts and pants (only because she's tall). :-P" Oh. My. YES!

Is it weird that I kind of *love* this comparison?! It's no secret I adore the Golden Girls, and Dorothy is my absolutely favorite character. Where is my cheesecake!?!

What are your thoughts on the upcoming collection from J.Crew? Any particular items that you are excited about?

"Looking to LOVE" with J.Crew

This is the weekly "Looking to LOVE with J.Crew" post, a place to share our favorite experiences with J.Crew.

If you have recently experienced a positive situation with J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including stellar experiences with purchases & orders, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Birdie Butter and maryeb (in this post), who let us know that J.Crew had an update to its website (click here to view online).

There are some new arrivals for men (click here) & women (click here). {wahoo!} It looks like Crewcuts (click here) has been updated, but not the J.Crew Collection (click here).

The OCTOBER catalog (click here to view) is finally up for us to view. Yey!!! As for the new arrivals...

All I think of when I see the new Bouclé Bird Sweater (item B1783; $138.00) is Portlandia's "Put a Bird on It" skits. For that reason alone, I cannot wear it seriously, even though it is kind of cute. Although, it would make an excellent and stylish Halloween costume for those in the know! ;)

Did you notice the price tag on the Maison KitsunĂ©® Fox Head Pullover (item B2547; $525.00)? Crazy! Although it does reminds me of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I love!

How pretty is the Roll-Sleeve Tee with Bow (item B6062; $49.50)? It reminds me of some of J.Crew's earlier offerings (like the Sequin Bow Tee). Can't wait to see this in person. :)

What items are you most excited about and why? Which items are you surprised (or not surprised) to see? Which items did you hope would be included? Were you expecting a bigger roll-out? Also, did you receive the latest catalog? :)

"Looking to VENT" with J.Crew

This is the weekly "Looking to VENT with J.Crew" post, a place to share our not-so-stellar experiences with J.Crew.

If you have recently experienced a frustrating situation with J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including poor experiences with purchases & orders, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Weekly Share: Other JCrew-like Retailers

This is the weekly "Other JCrew-like Retailers" post (similar to the "Off On A Tangent" posts), where we can share our finds from other retailers that have offerings similar to J.Crew (like Anthropologie, LE Canvas, Gap, BR, Talbots, Ann Taylor, and the like.)

If you have recently encountered items that are similar to J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including experiences with certain merchandise pieces, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

25% Off Select Jackets, Shoes, & Boots at J.Crew! {plus 30% off SELECT sale}

"Thanks!" to  many of you who shared the following promotion from J.Crew.

J.Crew is offering an additional 25% select full priced jackets, shoes, and boots, as well as an additional 30% off SELECT Sale styles with promo code FALLSTYLES. This offer expires October 2, 2014. The fine print includes:
*Valid on select jackets, shoes and boots in J.Crew stores and at jcrew.com from September 30, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 2, 2014, 11:59pm ET. In-store discount as advertised. Offer valid online on items marked "25% off with code FALLSTYLES." Not valid in Liquor Store or Ludlow Shops; in 769 Madison Avenue, Bloor Street or J.Crew Factory stores; at jcrewfactory.com; or phone orders. Cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or used with any other offer. In-store discount automatically taken at the register. To redeem online, enter code FALLSTYLES in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms subject to change. 

**Valid on select final sale items in J.Crew stores and at jcrew.com from September 30, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 2, 2014, 11:59pm ET. In-store discount as advertised. Valid online on items marked "Extra 30% off with code FALLSTYLES." Not valid in Liquor Store or Ludlow Shops; in 769 Madison Avenue, Bloor Street or J.Crew Factory stores; at jcrewfactory.com; or phone orders. Cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or used with any other offer. In-store discount automatically taken at the register. To redeem online, enter code FALLSTYLES in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms subject to change. Final sale items cannot be returned or exchanged.
It's good to see that J.Crew is offering another promotion- and one that includes so many categories!

If you are interested in the outerwear, the Quilted puffer jacket and the Shiny Puffer Vest are available for the additional 25% off.


"Thanks!" to Firefighter Wife (in this post), who correctly pointed out that only *select* sale is applicable for this promotion. Ugh. Really J.Crew? 

Lastly, I am wondering if brick and mortar (B&M) stores will be switching back to an additional 30% off sale from the additional 40% off sale they were offering yesterday? If you happen to know, please share!

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion? Any items you are excited to get? Please share!

J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs!}

This is the weekly "J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs}" post, to help each other share our reviews.

So if you have recently purchased, or stopped by a J.Crew store to try on an item (or two) from J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Also, this request is not just limited to clothes. Please feel free to discuss bags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, etc.

In particular, if you could mention a few of the noteworthy details like fit, size, fabric, and the like— that would be fantastic! Thanks in advance! :)

Madewell's Origin Story

Many of us have been turning to Madewell lately as they are doing a really nice job of offering styles that are truly "classics with a twist".

"Thanks!" to J.Crew Guy In Canada who shared the following article about Madewell's origin story from Buzz Feed (click here to read in its entirety) with us:
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
By Dan Nosowitz
September 28, 2014

In 1937, my great-grandfather started a workwear company in New England called Madewell. In 2006, 17 years after the last factory shut down, J.Crew relaunched a women’s clothing company with the same name and logo, based on a 50-year history in which it had no part.

I stopped dead on Broadway, in the middle of the sidewalk, and stared, not up at the beautiful wrought-iron SoHo buildings, as would befit someone who’d moved to New York in the past month, but at an ordinary sign advertising a small clothing shop. The logo, a casual cursive scrawl with both E’s capitalized, jumped out at me like a beacon from a lighthouse somewhere deep in the back of my brain. That was the logo emblazoned on my baby clothes, the logo my great-grandfather created. It was, I thought, forgotten family history, the factories having shut down shortly after I was born in the ’80s. ...

Over the next four years, I saw Madewell everywhere. Today there are three stores in Manhattan alone, and 77 throughout the country. On bags on the subway, on tags of clothes worn by friends, I am constantly bombarded with totems of my family history.

Asking my family yielded the basics: Madewell as it stands today began in 2004. That’s when Millard “Mickey” Drexler, now the CEO of J.Crew, acquired the logo and the trademark of the company my great-grandfather founded in 1937. Dhani Mau, a senior editor at Fashionista, said, “J.Crew considers it their younger sister brand,” though she said it’s not necessarily for younger sisters. Pressed to pick out a celebrity who might typify the Madewell girl, Mau chose Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. This does not entirely jibe with my mental picture of my tough immigrant great-grandfather selling stiff denim overalls to New England dockworkers.

Still, Madewell will not let you forget the date 1937. The store could originally be found online at madewell1937.com, and the year is prominent on the site and on some of the clothing. The company’s Instagram and Twitter handles are both still @Madewell1937, and its LinkedIn page says, “Madewell was started in 1937 as a workwear company, and we’re always looking to the brand’s roots for inspiration.”

This is, to put it mildly, baloney. Madewell as it stands today has almost nothing at all to do with the company founded by my great-grandfather almost 80 years ago. How many vintage labels out there have similar stories? How many corporations are out there rifling through the defunct brands of America’s past like a bin of used records, looking for something, anything, that will give them that soft Edison-bulb glow of authenticity?

Madewell’s story — my story — leading up to that moment in SoHo began over a century ago, half a world away. It traces the evolution of how Americans shop, and how Americans shop heavily informs how Americans see themselves; we, as a country, are what we buy. Mickey Drexler, in creating J.Crew’s new womenswear stores, shrewdly read the market and realized that stocking nice clothes wouldn’t be enough: He’d have to tell a story along with them. Drexler didn’t have any stories, so he bought ours.
Really interesting to read this family member's take on Madewell's transition from family brand, forgotten logo, to trendy retailer. I can see the passion coming through his words about his family's history, of which he should be proud of.

This post reminded me a lot of a piece on CBS' 60 Minutes about Luxottica, a famous producer of sunglasses. (Watch and read about the 60 Minutes segment here.) It discussed the American brand Ray-Ban and how it was struggling. The Italian company, Luxottica, ended up purchasing the brand and turned it around. Today, Ray-Ban sunglasses are world-renowned top-sellers while playing on its iconic American history, despite being produced and owned elsewhere.

But back to Madewell... Honestly, it is no secret about Madewell's past and how Mickey Drexler came to acquire the brand, logo, etc. Although, I do think Mickey Drexler/ J.Crew Corporate try to emphasize Madwell's rich past as though the Madewell brand under J.Crew has been around that long.

But isn't it better that the Madewell brand lives on and not forgotten altogether? I mean, J.Crew/Mickey Drexler did do a pretty good job of portraying Madewell as a retailer of quality denim and leather. Just a thought...

What are your thoughts on the post? Any points of the article resonate with you? If so, please share!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Back! Extra 40% Off Sale Styles at J.Crew

"Thanks!" to  many of you, including Taylor (in this post), who shared the following email & promotion from J.Crew.

J.Crew is offering an additional 40% off Sale styles with promo code SHOPASAP. This offer expires today, September 29, 2014. The fine print includes:
*25% discount valid on select women's, men's and children's items at jcrew.com. Extra 40% discount valid on final sale items in J.Crew stores and at jcrew.com. Offers valid on September 29, 2014, from 12:01am ET through 11:59pm ET. 25% discount valid online on items marked "25% off with code SHOPASAP." 40% discount valid online on items marked "Extra 40% off with code SHOPASAP." Offers not valid in Liquor Store or Ludlow Shops; in 769 Madison Avenue, Bloor Street or J.Crew Factory stores; at jcrewfactory.com; or on phone orders. Offers cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offer. In-store discount automatically taken at the register. To redeem online, enter code SHOPASAP in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Offers valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offers are subject to change. Final sale items cannot be returned or exchanged. 
Moreover, new arrivals are already on sale! For example, the Silk Sleeveless Dress (item B2371; $128.00) is now on sale for $89.99 before any additional discount.


The  Sleeveless Blouse in Graphic Plaid (item B1147, $98.00) is also on promotion for $88.00 (before the additional 40% off). This item was just released in the last roll-out too!


This is a great promotion. Too bad it is only running for one day. Makes me curious what tomorrow's promotion will be.

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion? Any items you are excited to see get markdown? Please share!