Friday, June 29, 2012

Seek & Find: Will you visit J.Crew this Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopping by a J.Crew store this weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SUMMER sale, or to see some new SUMMER arrivals {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

P.S. I noticed that many of you have already been reporting sale items (and in which stores) in other posts which by the way "thank you!" :) I really appreciate how helpful we are for each other!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!

"Thanks!" to many of you, who let us know that J.Crew had a mini-update to its website today (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 latest catalog (click here to view) is still NOT available to view. They still show the Bali catalog. Not clear why they are not keeping up with this feature of the website.

I am off to check out the new arrivals myself...

Sale! "Thanks!" to Fabulous Florida Mommy (in this post) who let us know there is a nice update to the Summer Sale (click here to shop online), with over 1110+ items for Women and 330+ for Men. Definitely worth checking out!

Promotion! "Thanks!" to Louise @ cosmetic bee (in this post) who shared: "New promo for Canadians starting today - free shipping on all orders through Sunday July 1 (Canada Day!). Nice if you want to make a small order!" "Thanks!" to Desert Flower who shared the email from J.Crew below.

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 today? Also, did you receive the latest catalog? :)

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! :)

"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, June 27, 2012

30% Off Summer Sale at J.Crew {still in stores!}

"Thanks!" to so many of you who have reported back that J.Crew is still offering an additional 30% off sale at their brick & mortar (B&M) stores. {Yey!}

It is not clear how long this promotion will run in B&M stores, but probably until they clear out the sale merchandise. (To make room for new arrivals.) There are some pros and cons discussed before, but worth mentioning again:

  • Pro: A lot of items are on sale in store and not online yet. If an item is on sale online and not in store, the store associate can match it.
  • Con: The sales are Final (so no returning once you purchased it).
Lastly, if you are curious as to what is on sale, then GigiOfCa has done all the work for you! Check out her "J Crew - new cuts & sale (Jun 27, 2012)" post from her {incredible} Gigi's Gone Shopping blog. (It is an amazing resource for JCAs- a must read and a definite bookmark!)

Will you be checking out the Sale section at your local brick & mortar (B&M) store? Are there any items you are hoping to see or to get?

"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, June 26, 2012

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! :)

J.Crew of Seasons Past: {a look in the closet}

It's that time again, to take a look at an image of J.Crew pieces from seasons past! As caribbelle (in this post) so beautifully termed, "ye olde j crew of yore".

This post features the Polka-Dot Bow Skirt (Item 90966; $95.00) from 2008. (Honestly, this skirt could easily fit in with J.Crew's current offerings.) The cotton poplin skirt is on trend with its polka dot design. The self belt that ties in a bow at the front waist is a nice touch.

What are your thoughts on the look(s)/item(s) from the past? Do you find the look(s)/item(s) classic or do you think they are dated?

Monday, June 25, 2012

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. :)

The Great (Weekly) Exchange {looking to find}

This post (of weekly posts) is for individual members who are looking for and interested in buying certain items. Please feel free to share a J.Crew store location and/or your outside listing/ auction site if it matches the requests made in this post.


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! :)

Also 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/finding to the "Great (Weekly) Exchange" posts. (Refer to "A Quick Note to J.Crew Aficionadas" post.)

Is there an item (or items) that you are looking for and interested in purchasing?

Sought & Found: Did you visit J.Crew this {past} Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopped by a J.Crew store this past weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SUMMER sale, or to see some new SUMMER arrivals {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store was/ is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Seek & Find: Will you visit J.Crew this Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopping by a J.Crew store this weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SUMMER sale, or to see some new SUMMER arrivals {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

P.S. I noticed that many of you have already been reporting sale items (and in which stores) in other posts which by the way "thank you!" :) I really appreciate how helpful we are for each other!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

30% Off Summer Sale at J.Crew {ending today online!}

Another reminder that J.Crew is offering 30% off their Summer Sale with promo code SHOPNOW. Better yet? No final sale. So shop {relatively} guilt free! The promotion ends today, June 21, 2012!

Brick & mortar (B&M) stores are also offering an additional 30% off. Some things to consider:

  • Con: It is final sale in stores.
  • Pro: Prices are better/ lower in stores. Some items are on sale in store and not online too. For example, the Schoolboy Blazer in Linen (Item 76756; $175.00) in some colors were $99.99 (before discount). Also, the Golden Cabochon Bracelet (Item 85033; $68.00) in Kelly Green is on sale for $39.99.
Between the store and online, I have definitely done some damage to my credit card. Just when I think I am done, they pull me right back in with some new items on sale!

Lastly, I am not sure if B&M stores will extend the additional 30% offer through the weekend or end it today. If anyone knows, please share!

Will you be taking advantage of the SHOPNOW promo? Are you loving the new promotion from J.Crew? Did you pick up an item or two? Please share! :)

25% Off & Free Shipping on $100+ {@ Madewell}

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Betsy, who shared the following Madewell email/ promotion with us.

Madewell is offering 25% off (no min) *and* free shipping ($100+) with promo code WHYNOT. This offer expires Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The fine print includes:

*Offer valid at madewell.com only. Offer does not apply to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards. 25% off discount applies to sale styles only. Offer valid through Tuesday, 6/26/12, 11:59pm ET. Savings are applied at checkout with code WHYNOT. Offer not valid on phone orders. Limit one promotional code per order. Details of offer are subject to change.

**Previous purchases are not eligible for this discount. Free shipping offer valid on madewell.com orders shipped via regular shipping (3 to 6 business days). Free shipping applies only to online orders of $100 or more before shipping, handling and taxes are added. Free ground shipping is applied automatically at checkout. Offer is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change without notice.
Good time to pick up on a few Madewell items you were considering!

Will you be taking advantage of this promo at Madewell? Did you pick up an item or two? Please share! :)

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! :)

"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, June 20, 2012

30% Off Summer Sale at J.Crew {going strong with new items added!}

A reminder that J.Crew is offering 30% off Summer Sale with promo code SHOPNOW. The promotion ends this Thursday, June 21, 2012.

It appears that some *new* items made it to the Summer Sale (click here to shop) this morning. For example, the {beautiful} Anchor Bead Charm Bracelet (item 94913; was $65.00) is now on sale for $49.99 in both navy and ivory.

Quick note: It sounds like J.Crew's brick & mortar stores might still be offering an additional 30% off their sale items. As many of you have noted, the prices in B&M stores are better (as in lower) than online. So if you live near a store, you are probably better off shopping there. However, online has a greater selection- so definitely check it out too!

Will you be taking advantage of the SHOPNOW promo? Are you loving the new promotion from J.Crew? Did you pick up an item or two? Please share! :)

"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.

Madewell & Benefit Dreamstakes!

Madewell wants to know how does a trip to San Fransisco, $1,000 to shop, and a benefit cosmetics beauty makeover sound?

Because Madewell is running a new sweepstakes to win a $1,000 Madewell shopping spree and a shopping trip to San Fran! They are also giving away a daily prize of a box o' powder from Benefit Cosmetics!

This sweepstakes ends July 10, 2012. To enter, click HERE. For official rules, click here.

Good luck to all the Madewell Aficionadas! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

J.Crew Sample Sale in NYC Starts Today

As mentioned in the "Mark Your Calendars: J.Crew Sample Sale is Back {N.YC}" post, J.Crew is running a sample sale in NYC from June 19-24.

"Thanks!" to kat (in this post) who let us know about two related articles from the Racked that are worth reading for anyone interested in attending:

"Thanks!" also to ema (in this post) who gave some sound advice:
I just came out. As usual you need to know your prices but it is worth going IMO. Regular skirts are a good deal at $25 and work/party dresses at $60 too. Collection items are priced as marked, which is often more than the price you can get on fs the website (but they have a lot of one of a kind stuff). It really depends on your luck: I saw someone walking out with a Tillary tote in the blue sea color for $120.
"Thanks!" also to roxy turtle (in this post) who shared some great info:
...I just came from J.Crew's NYC sample sale and thought I'd give a report for any JCAs interested.

There are items from J.Crew (men's and women's), Madewell and Crewcuts. Jewelry, shoes, bags and accessories too (belts, hats, etc.)

I was mostly interested in shoes. They had Monas, Vivs, Valentinas, flats, suede wedges, espadrilles and flip-flops. Heels are in the $100-$150 range mostly while flats are mostly $60-$80. All sizes were stocked but the selection was thin -- maybe 15 or 20 pairs per size in less desirable colors. Bagwise I saw Edies (both the bag and attache version), some leather envelop-style clutches (one with calf hair which was very cute). There were a few cute Madewell small crossbodies too for $90 or so. The bags were $85-$180 from what I saw. There's three display cases of jewelry, mostly current stuff in the $30-$65 range. It was going very quickly.

There is a rack of Collection pieces with mostly sequined stuff and a few more cocktail-style dresses. Sorry I don't know the names of any, but as they were in the $130-$200 price range I wasn't too interested. Lots of chinos in both pants and shorts in a wide range of sizes, mostly navy and black. Some denim, mostly toothpicks, and lots of tops in mostly XS/S. As was the case in the past many were true samples marked up with marker or held with safety pins. Tops seemed to be in the $40-$65 range from what I saw, mostly polys, very few silk or cotton tops from what I could see. There's one rack of skirts too.

On the men's side, it's mostly long sleeve tops, chino pants and one rack of blazers. I could not see any suits and the accessories seemed very slim. Shirts were in the $40-$80 range and blazers started at $125 from what I could see. I'm not sure if they had men's shoes.

The Crewcuts section was four racks of mostly girls' clothing. Lots of cute stuff that started at $25. I didn't see any bridal or bridesmaid items.

I think the sale is worth going if you're into digging for that one special find. I came away with a couple of things that are sold out online so I'm happy, though the shoes I was looking for weren't there. Hope this helps, sorry so long!!
As with all their sample sales, all sales are final. The location for the event is:
260 Sample Sale
260 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
nr. 29th St.
212-725-5400

Will you be attending this latest sample sale? If you are, please let us know! If you could also share any information (e.g. merchandise selection, quantity, prices), it would be greatly appreciated. :)

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! :)

J.Crew of Season's Past: {a look in the closet}

It's that time again, to take a look at an image of J.Crew pieces from seasons past! As caribbelle (in this post) so beautifully termed, "ye olde j crew of yore".

This post features the cover of J.Crew's April 2007 catalog. The model is wearing the Harlequin Silk Organza Dress from 2007 (which was featured previously here).

Just looking at this image makes me happy thanks to the whimsical placement of the models and the beautiful scenery. (J.Crew needs more of these group shot photos in their catalogs.)

What are your thoughts on the look(s)/item(s) from the past? Do you find the look(s)/item(s) classic or do you think they are dated?

Monday, June 18, 2012

30% Off Summer Sale at J.Crew

"Thanks!" to many of you, who shared the following promotion with us.

J.Crew is offering 30% off Summer Sale with promo code SHOPNOW. This offer expires Friday, June 21, 2012. The fine print includes:

Offer valid at jcrew.com only. Offer is not valid at J.Crew retail or J.Crew Factory stores. Offer does not apply to previous purchases or to the purchase of gift cards. 30% off discount applies to J.Crew sale and Factory sale online item s only. Offer valid through Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:59pm ET. Savings are applied at checkout with code SHOPNOW. Offer not valid on phone orders. Cannot be combined with any other promotion. Limit one promotional code per order. Details of offer are subject to change.
It's great to see this promo up and running online! Although I am curious if the brick & mortar stores will still be running their own 30% off sale in stores...

Will you be taking advantage of the SHOPNOW promo? Are you loving the new promotion from J.Crew? Did you pick up an item or two? 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. :)

The Great (Weekly) Exchange {looking to find}

This post (of weekly posts) is for individual members who are looking for and interested in buying certain items. Please feel free to share a J.Crew store location and/or your outside listing/ auction site if it matches the requests made in this post.


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! :)

Also 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/finding to the "Great (Weekly) Exchange" posts. (Refer to "A Quick Note to J.Crew Aficionadas" post.)

Is there an item (or items) that you are looking for and interested in purchasing?

Sought & Found: Did you visit J.Crew this {past} Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopped by a J.Crew store this past weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SUMMER sale, or to see some new SUMMER arrivals {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store was/ is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

{Potential} New Promo Online with SHOPNOW

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Silver Lining (in this post), who shared the following: "Extra 30% is coming! SHOPNOW for 30% off sale till 6/21... it's not working on the site yet but I saw it out on Google's main page this morning so I imagine soon. Keep an eye out, JCA's. ".

I hope J.Crew will soon be offering customers to take an additional 30% off all sale items (no min) with promo code SHOPNOW. This offer expires June 21, 2012.

NOTE: I just tried the code right now to see if it would work. I did not get 30% off my sale items. However, I did get free shipping for the items in my cart. So not really sure what is going on, but worth a try! :)

NOTE 2: I just used a previous promotion's image above of the code SHOPNOW. This does not mean the Summer Sale will be Final online. Apologies on any confusion. :)

Will you be checking out the Sale section? Are there any items you are hoping to see or to get? Is code SHOPNOW working for you? If so, please share! :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

J.Crew Styled around the World

"Thanks!" to Louise, Theo, & Desert Flower, who let us know that the Satorialist is working with J.Crew on a feature showing how J.Crew is styled all over the world.

To see more about this creative project, there is a post over at the Satorialist (click here) as well as a special feature over at J.Crew (click here) that is worth checking out. J.Crew shares:

J.Crew is all about an inspiring mix of timeless designs crafted from some of the finest fabrics around the globe. Now that we’re shipping worldwide, we can’t wait to see how our seriously stylish new friends are wearing their favorite pieces. So we sent photographers Garance DorĂ© and Scott Schuman on an eight-city tour to gather the evidence—proving that amazing style, one-of-a-kind color and impeccable quality know no time zone…
There is a great article at WWD about this feature too (click here to read in its entirety):
J.Crew Taking Global View
By David Moin
June 15, 2012

J.Crew has a soft-sell approach to the hard task of cultivating an international audience. Starting today, the homepage of jcrew.com overseas will have a “Hello World” greeting designating a section featuring “style-makers” from different countries and different realms. Publishers, retailers, photographers and bloggers are profiled with photo diaries, short videos and concise commentaries on their personal style. They also wear an item from J.Crew, to show how it integrates into their outfits and lifestyles, but the profiles focus on the individuals rather than J.Crew product. “We’re looking to make a real personal connection, not just splash ads all over the place,” J.Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons told WWD. “We’re not talking about us so much. We wanted a different level of honesty and integrity. It’s more humble.”

Jcrew.com/helloworld features Hilary Tsui, style blogger and owner of the well-known Hong Kong boutique Liger; TK Mak, creator of Hong Kong-based pop culture magazine Milkk; Berlin’s Sven Schumann, founder of online magazine The Talks, and Popeye Magazine editor in chief Takahiro Kinoshita of Tokyo. In July, five more style influencers from Paris, Milan, London and Sydney will be on Hello World.

To create Hello World, J.Crew enlisted CFDA Award-winning fashion photographers and bloggers Garance Doré and Scott Schuman, who happen to be a couple, to travel the globe and photograph, film and profile the tastemakers.

Also, Hello World offers customers outside of North America “insider” benefits such as complementary expedited shipping, priority access to personal shoppers and duty-free shopping through Aug. 31.

Asked how familiar people overseas are with J.Crew, Lyons replied, “That’s the magic question. We don’t know,” though she said in some places, the response is surprising. “The people on Hello World will help validate and spread the word for us. They have cool, individual styles — a point of view.”
It is always neat to see how fashion is translated by different cities. It is even better to see how J.Crew pieces are being worn by international fashionistas.

Lastly, the insider benefit of expedited shipping and duty free shopping is a fantastic perk for international shoppers of J.Crew. Great move!

What are your thoughts on the Hello World feature by J.Crew? Do you like how the pieces are worn? Do you think J.Crew has global appeal? :)

Haven't Shopped at J.Crew in Awhile {get a gift card & make an appointment with a personal shopper}

"Thanks!" to Mary, Sarah, as well as Misty Lynn (in this post) & Angela (in this post) who let us know that J.Crew is reaching out to several customers with a "we miss you" or "your such a great customer" note and a $25/$50 gift card via snail mail.

A big "thanks!" to Sarah who was kind to share with us a scan of the letter included with the gift card she received (image shown above in post). Another big "thanks!" to Mary who was kind to share with us a scan of the letter included with the gift card she received (image shown below in post).
It seems like J.Crew is targeting those in the extreme ends of the client spectrum- either excellent customers or customers who have not been frequenting the retailer in recent months. It is actually a sweet (& smart) move to offer a generous gift card while promoting their personal shopper services. Well played!

Did you get a gift card/note in the mail? Did you get a letter? Will you be taking advantage of J.Crew's offer? If so, please share! :)

Seek & Find: Will you visit J.Crew this Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopping by a J.Crew store this weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SUMMER sale, or to see some new SUMMER arrivals {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

P.S. I noticed that many of you have already been reporting sale items (and in which stores) in other posts which by the way "thank you!" :) I really appreciate how helpful we are for each other!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!

"Thanks!" to many of you, including JustVisiting (in this post), shopwithm (in this post), as well as Irina, who let us know that J.Crew had an update to its website today (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, as did the J.Crew Collection (click here).

The latest catalog (click here to view) is finally available to view. As we already know, the new catalog is a destination catalog. There are several gorgeous on-location images of Bali. Yey!

My top pick from this latest roll out... the Perfect Shirt in Chambray Polka Dot (Item 89276; $88.00). (The shirt shown on the homepage of J.Crew and in the first image of this post too.) After doing the math [Chambray + Polka Dots = Perfection], I need to get this shirt ASAP!

Random!
There is no new promotion being offered at J.Crew currently. The last one was for men's swim. Hopefully we will see a really good one being offered soon!

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 today? Also, did you receive the latest catalog? :)

J.Crew Summer Sale {nice update}

J.Crew has a nice update to their Summer Sale section online (click here) this morning. Lots of merchandise for everyone (1140+ for Women and 300+ for Men). Moreover, it looks like several new pieces made it to sale along with some new price reductions. Yey!

Another reminder that brick & mortar (B&M) stores are offering an additional 30% off sale. However, this does make any and all purchases final sale. But as many of you have reported, the sale prices in stores are lower than online. So with the additional percent off, prices are amazing!

Did you check out the Summer Sale section today? Were you able to snag any amazing deals? If so, please share! :)

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! :)

"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, June 13, 2012

"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.

J.Crew Enters the Asian Fashion Market

The following article is from Fashionista (click here to read in its entirety):

J.Crew To Make Its First Appearance In Asia, Continues Plan for World Domination
By Hayley Phelan
June 11, 2012

J.Crew is on a roll. After reporting a strong sales lift two weeks ago (profits nearly doubled over the last year), the retailer has another exciting announcement: Their wares will now be available in Hong Kong and China, thanks to a new collaboration with luxury retailer Lane Crawford.

According to a press release, a curated selection of J.Crew’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collection, as well as shoes, will be available at select Lane Crawford stores and online starting in October 2012.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with J.Crew on this first-ever, unique multi-channel project,” Lane Crawford’s president Andrew Keith said.

The partnership is also a first for J.Crew. While the American brand has a similar relationship with Net-a-Porter, the collaboration with Lane Crawford marks the first time J.Crew’s clothes will be sold at brick-and-mortar stores outside North America. And J.Crew couldn’t be happier about it.

“We always want to work with the ‘best of the best,’ and Lane Crawford was at the top of our fantasy list,” J.Crew’s CEO Mickey Drexler said. “When it comes to editing and presenting collections with a creative and elevated point of view, no one does it better. We are beyond excited to partner with Lane Crawford to help introduce J.Crew to Asia.”

Of course, the collaboration with Lane Crawford is only the beginning. J.Crew has set its sights on becoming a household name all around the world. “One of the big priorities is building the global brand, in a disciplined, deliberate manner,” Stuart Haselden, J.Crew’s chief financial officer, told WWD. And with retail stores in Canada, an online store that distributes to 106 countries, and brick-and-mortar locations in the U.K. and Hong Kong expected to open soon, it’s safe to say the American retailer is well on its way to world domination.
Pretty exciting international expansion! (They are definitely moving quickly abroad in the past few years.) Curious if they will slow down a bit and concentrate in the international markets they have just entered, or move forward to include additional locations...

What are your thoughts on J.Crew's entrance to the Hong Kong market? What market should they pursue next?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EXTRA 30% Off Sale Items {in stores}

A big "thanks!" to Courtney (in this post), who shared the following news: stores are offering an 30% off sale. However, this does make any and all purchases final sale.

JCAs, you might want to call your local store beforehand and confirm they are running this sale. (For reference, I called two of my usual go-to locations and they are both running this offer. They were both under the impression that this promo is nation wide. But you never know with J.Crew sometimes.) I also asked about price adjustments (because I purchased a few items this weekend!) and was told no (that only full priced items can get price adjustments). Yet, it doesn't hurt to double check with your local store. :)

Will you be checking out the Sale section at your local brick & mortar (B&M) store? Are there any items you are hoping to see or to get?

J.Crew's Fall '12 Look Book {thanks CMG!}

A big "thanks!" to CMG who let us know that she received a double sided trifold mailer of the Fall 2012 Look Book in the mail. She also shared several images of the latest J.Crew Look Book catalog. (All images courtesy of CMG.)






Did you get a copy of the new Look Book? What are your thoughts on the items slated for the upcoming Fall season? Do you think it's too early or the right time, to be thinking about the Fall season? ;)