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Kit: Office Space

Dali said intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Clearly, you've got both in spades -- all that's lacking is better preparation. Small upgrades can make big differences in organization, confidence and execution, and luckily for you, we've dug up the must-have office essentials to help you stay focused on conquering the office, one job done well at a time. Heed our advice and maybe you'll be patting backs soon.

Head of Men's Design at J.Crew

30 Minutes With: Frank Muytjens

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.


Today in Gear: August 21, 2013

Discovered-Gear-Patrol J. Crew Discovered
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


Today in Gear: August 6, 2013

Eddie-Bauer-Power-Katabatic-Tent-Gear-Patrol Eddie Bauer Power Katabatic Tent
Modern camping isn't so much about getting away from it all as it is getting away from a lot (if not some) of it all: if you can't see or easily reach concrete, you're

J. Crew on Film – “Holy Jackets”

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.


Today in Gear: March 26, 2013

topo-athletic-shoe-gear-patrol 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

Style Pick: Wallace & Barnes Camp Shirt

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

Style Pick: Wallace & Barnes Fishtail Short

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

Surfin’ Safari

Quiksilver for J.Crew Board Shorts

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

In, Case

DODOcase for J.Crew for iPad 2

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

Southern sensibility

Billy Reid at J.Crew

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

Black in time

Heller’s Cafe by Warehouse Sturdy Oak Workshirt at J.Crew

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

In case the campfire is devoid

J.Crew Camp Socks

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

Back in Black Navy & Pine

New Balance 1400 for J.Crew

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

The Cat's Meow

J.Crew Belstaff Panther Jacket

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

Beach Tote of a Manly Variety

J.Crew Rubberized Montauk Tote


No, it's not too early to get your summer gear on, and what better way to take it with you than a new bag. Totes are in, and this version of J.Crew's popular tote has just the right touches to give

Heritage Inspired Denim

J.Crew Men’s Shop | Levi’s Vintage Clothing


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

Rethink The Definition of "Denim Shirt"

J.Crew Denim Workshirt

jcrew-denim-workshirtStylish 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

Versatile Enough For Your Workweek To Weekend

J.Crew Utility Jacket

jcrew-utility-jacketA 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

J.Crew Satin Bow Tie


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

J.Crew Tie Of The Month Club

12 Months Of Prep


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

J.Crew Leather-Backed Madras Dog Collar


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

J.Crew Long Sleeve Jersey Polo

j.crew-Long-sleeve-broken-in-pocket-jersey-polo.jpgI'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

J.Crew Seersucker Suit

J.Crew-Seersucker-Suit.jpg 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,

J.Crew Skinny Knit Ties


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

J.Crew Cotton-Linen Artisan’s Duffel Bag

J.Crew.Cotton-Linen.Artisans.Duffel.Bag.jpgA 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

J.Crew Premium Officer’s Chino

jcrew.officers.premium.chino.jpgThe 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. J.Crew's

J.Crew Wool Herringbone Vest

j.crew_vest.jpgFall 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

J.Crew Linen-cotton Cargo Short

J.Crew Linen-cotton Cargo Shorts 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. What

J.Crew Great Point Messenger Bag

J.Crew Great Point Messenger Bag Every guy has to walk out the door with his stuff in tow. Stop looking like you just landed from Norway carrying a man-purse (unless you actually have) and make an understated statement with a bag