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 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 Kitsuné® 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!

J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% Off Clearance

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

J.Crew Factory is offering an additional 30% off clearance items with promo code YAY30. This offer expires October 1, 2014. The fine print includes:
*30% discount valid on the purchase of clearance items at jcrewfactory.com from September 29, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 1, 2014, 11:59pm ET. Offer not valid in J.Crew or J.Crew Factory stores, at jcrew.com or on phone orders. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards and cannot be redeemed for cash. To redeem, enter code YAY30 in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offer are subject to change. Final sale items cannot be returned or exchanged.
There are so many pretty scarves on sale right now over at Factory too! I seriously have too many scarves, but I might make room for one more... ;)

Factory Lightweight Long Printed Scarf (item 75221; $39.50) select colors $16.99–$19.99

Factory Floral Scarf (item B1776; $46.50) now $26.99

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

J.Crew's Brooklyn Debut {looks amazeballs!}



"Thanks!" to Chetna who shared the following (along with the two images above) with us:
J. Crew's Brooklyn debut is official! The doors of the 6,000 sq. ft. Williamsburg location opened to the public today at 11am, with women's, men's and kids offerings for Brooklynites at 234 Wythe Avenue.

The first-ever Brooklyn store is teeming with special features and showcases the local artists (Naomi Reis, AMMA Studios, Johannes Giradoni and more) J.Crew collaborated with to create innovative designs for the space.

To help celebrate the arrival, J.Crew will be welcoming the Williamsburg community all weekend long with food carts and special neighborhood offerings, including a limited edition Greg LaMarche for J.Crew tote bag.
The following is an article from Refinery 29 (click here to read in its entirety) about the store opening (all photos from here on come from there as well):

Get An Exclusive Sneak Peek At J.Crew's First Brooklyn Store
By Erin Cunningham
September 26, 2014

J.Crew's first Brooklyn store isn't your typical preppy paradise. No, it was designed with the Williamsburg customer in mind, which means we won't be seeing hipsters swapping their wide-rimmed glasses for crew necks. We might find, however, men and women alike incorporating more traditional pieces into their wardrobes in surprising and delightful ways, à la Jenna Lyons.

Lyons, a former Brooklyn resident, was extremely hands-on with the store's design process, putting an emphasis on collaborations with local artists like Johannes Girardoni and Naomi Reis for the post's interior. And, while some of the 'hood's residents may not be too happy with yet another retail-chain invasion, Lyons and her team attempted to deliver the store with as much mom-and-pop aesthetic as possible; the building has maintained its original façade, and the artisanal work adds a community aspect to the mass retailer.

"So much is going on there," Lyons explained in an interview earlier this month. "Every time I read about something new these days, it’s happening in Williamsburg. Half the office lives in Williamsburg, and it felt like an easy, natural place for us to be." ...
This newest store looks amazing!!! From the outside facade to the indoor decor, I could shop there all day. With 6000 square feet of just J.Crew merchandise, it does indeed sound like a preppy paradise.

I really love looking through all the photos. Not only do they showcase a lot of eye candy, I like seeing how the clothes are styled on the mannequins.










What are your thoughts on J.Crew's latest store opening? Do you think the new location is a good fit for J.Crew? Have you stopped in already? Are you planning to? If so, please share! :)

The Great (Weekly) Exchange {looking to sell}

This post (of weekly posts) is for individual members who want to swap/sell/share among yourselves. This post is where you can mention your items and outside listing/ auction site (like eBay and eCrater & the corresponding user ID).


Please note: this posting is not for resellers, retailers or businesses. If you are a reseller, retailer, or a business, your comment gets automatically deleted & you will get publicly called out on it. :( So instead of this, simply do not post in the Weekly Exchanges. Thanks in advance for your cooperation! :)


Please note that any transactions are independent of this blog. (Especially since you will be using an outside listing/ auction site like eBay or eCrater.) I have no dealings or interactions with any of the potential communication, listings, or transactions. :) Moreover, please limit comments about items to swap/sell/share to the "Great (Weekly) Exchange" posts. (Refer to "A Quick Note to J.Crew Aficionadas" post.)

Do you have any items you would like to swap/sell/share among yourselves through your outside listing/auction site?

Sidenote: What's up with JCAs writing "sub" or "subscribing" as their comment? It just means they are subscribing to all the comments (which are then automatically sent to their email) in that particular thread. This way they can stay aware of all the comments posted. :)