Sometimes an outsider's perspective is just what's needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men's design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who's been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.
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J.Crew has made huge strides in recent years in the collaboration arena, and their curatorial abilities are top notch. Now there's a separate online shop focused on both. A monthly revue of items promised to be
In Biella, Italy, is situated a textile mill that first opened in 1663, where 3 generations of workers still strive to make the best fabrics in the world. It's fitting (tailoring pun!) then that J. Crew sources material for its Ludlow suits from Vitale Barberis Cononico, where 7 million meters of hand-inspected fabric are produced each year.
Topo Athletic Running Shoes
Topo Athletics thinks your body is a temple. Their shoe appropriately looks to "amplify" biomechanics through split-toe design (a Vulcan Salute creates a "unique anchor point"), open-toe box for comfort and stability, a zero-drop heel
Wallace & Barnes is a vintage-inspired capsule collection from the minds at J. Crew. The newly released Camp Shirt ($168) is made from a marled Japanese Jaspé cotton blend that provides a rustic tweed look without the itch. Firmly grounded
Workwear durability? Good. Summer heat? Bad. Enter the Wallace & Barnes collection for J.Crew, and particularly, the fishtail short. With its heavy cotton-linen blend and sawmill-meets-modern looks, the short dresses up handsomely without looking like you've walked right off the
Bringing back memories of surfing’s explosion from fringe extreme sport to mainline hobby: Quiksilver for J. Crew has come ashore just in time for summer. Hit the surf in a dash of retro style harkening memories of time when long
Give your iPad 2 a touch of preppy protection with this collab between J.Crew and DODOcase. Taking the already popular DODOcase, J.Crew has added a touch of their signature style with two combinations of contrasting sailcloth lining and contrasting spine (navy
When we first got wind that two GP fashion staples, J.Crew and Billy Reid were teaming up for a small collection, we couldn't wait to lay eyes on the results. With the collection landing just this week, we're pleased to see
When you think of the term "workshirt," your mind conjures up images of greasy, less-than-savory, unkempt garments used for tasks in the garage or under the engine compartment of your IROC-Z Camaro with Def Leppard playing in the background. Just don't
Wintertime embraces the inevitability of frozen extremities accompanied by the drop in temperature. With this notion in mind, and the significant outburst of rugged boots, your cotton tube socks simply won’t suffice in this regard. J.Crew’s Camp Socks ($16) provide
This past weekend, NYC saw the annual Pop Up Flea, a collective display of over 25 menswear brands and their goods. The flea, organized by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg was an orgy tableau of leather and heritage.
If you know your New Balance history you'll recall that the 1400's, originally released in 1994, have previously only been available in Japan - making them a covet for enthusiasts (this guy). J.Crew has collaborated with New Balance to bring back
Riding on the open road with a half-ton piece of metal between your legs demands the proper attire. Problem is, it’s hard to look sharp stepping off a bike and into the bar wearing a ballooning protection jacket. Take a
J.Crew continues their march to bring men well-curated, distinctively heritage inspired American attire. This time, it's Levi's Vintage Clothing - a collection of denim wear recreated (by hand) with the original spit and polish used in 1873. An era when clothing
Stylish lumberjack may not be the look you're going for (or maybe it is), but the J.Crew Denim Workshirt is one of the better choices for laid-back work garb I've seen in a while. Dare I say, it's the perfect shirt
A coat that will take you from workweek to weekend is essential for any guy to own, especially when you're looking to stretch a dollar.
J.Crew's newest outerwear addition is as versatile as it is well-priced. The laid-back look is structured enough
Wherever your political credences reside, it's undeniable that our new Commander In Chief can also command a suit. At the Inaugural Ball on January 20th, Mr. Obama paired a bowtie along with his tuxedo and, though little is special about a bow tie+tuxedo, this
This past weekend Anthony made an appearance at a prep themed MBA party in Chicago. Ironically, he's not pursuing an MBA but that's neither here nor there. Regardless, while packing he seeked out prepster sartorial advice in me. Long story
The only accessory we condone for your pets is a collar. Period. If you wrap your pet in frilly sweaters then I emplore you to stop reading Gear Patrol. What kind of collar you choose for your compadre we'll leave to personal discretion, but
I'm nearly certain this J.Crew Jersey polo will take you into your summer evenings in style and comfort. It has for me. The extraordinarily soft cotton jersey shirt is garment-dyed for a vintage look and tailored with a slimmer tennis cut (longer in
By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo
So you've supplemented your summer wardrobe with a linen shirt and a good pair of flip flops. And I'm sure you already have a pair of shorts, but I bet you haven't thought about formal ware. Yes,
Amp up your wardrobe with one of J.Crew's new slightly preppy, but laid back Italian silk knit skinny ties. About 2 inches at it's widest point, the Italian made ties will pair with your white oxford shirts and a pair of chinos. Throw a
A certain cachet factor lies in products that age well. Somehow they justify the barrier of entry that oft lies in the price. The J.Crew Cotton-Linen Artisan's Duffel bar is a sophisticated bag waiting for your overnight or weekend trip. The leather is
The term chino is thrown about far too easily. Often confused with khakis, chinos are actually lightweight cotton pants made of Chino cloth similar to that of suit pants. The fact that so many clothing companies dye them khaki doesn't help the confusion.
Fall is just around the bend and with fall comes fall attire. Consider yourself ready with a good vest.
This herringbone vest from J.Crew is made of English lambswool sourced from the Abraham Moon mill. They use a 'super-secret' wash that gives it a
A supersoft blend of linen and cotton, made with weekends in mind. Specially washed for a vintage look. Relaxed cargo fit. Zip fly. Off-seam pockets, large side cargo pockets, back pockets. 10" inseam.