Friday, October 24, 2014

Take an Additional 25% Off at J.Crew Factory!

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

J.Crew Factory is offering an additional 25% off with promotional code EXTRA25. This offer expires October 28, 2014. The fine print includes:
*Discount valid on purchases made at jcrewfactory.com from October 22, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 28, 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 or used in combination with any other offer. Offer not valid on women's puffer vests, men's suiting and footwear, kids' slippers, boys' footwear or third-party branded merchandise. To redeem, enter code EXTRA25 in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Offer valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offer are subject to change.
This is a pretty good promotion, especially since a lot of items are already on sale. However, it is worth checking out items in store to see if prices are lower.

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion? If so, please share!

25% Off Select Styles at Madewell

"Thanks!" to  many of you, who shared the following email & promotion from Madewell.

Madewell is offering 25% off select "wear now" styles with promotional code CARPEDIEM. This offer expires October 25, 2014. The fine print includes:
*Offer valid on the purchase of items marked “25% off with code CARPEDIEM” at madewell.com from October 24, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 25, 2014, 11:59pm ET. Offer not valid in Madewell stores or on phone orders. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offer. To redeem online, enter the code CARPEDIEM in the promo code box at checkout. Offer valid in the U.S., Canada and Japan only. Terms of offer are subject to change.
Definitely worth checking out to see if that item you had your eye on is on promotion!

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion? 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 SALE, or to see some NEW 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, October 23, 2014

J.Crew's Brooklyn Store Offers DIY-Saturdays!


"Thanks!" to Chetna again who shared the following with us:
To celebrate the Brooklyn store move-in, J.Crew is hosting a series of  cool projects with their favorite Brooklyn artists and stores, known as Satur-DIY s . Mark your calendars ...

Each Satur -DIY is free and will take place only at the new Brooklyn store from 10am - Noon, but space is limited so attendees should RSVP to wytheevents@jcrew.com ASAP.

Screen Printing w/Greg Lamarche
Saturday, October 25 from 10am - Noon
Stop by the store to screen print with the collage artist who loves colors as much as we do.
The location for this store is 234 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Don't forget to RSVP at wytheevents@jcrew.com.

This sound amazing! If I were local to the area, I would totally stop by!

Are you planning to attend? If so please share your thoughts and impressions on the event! :) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

J.Crew's Mickey Drexler Talks about J.Crew


"Thanks!" to many of you, including J.Crew Guy in Canada, who let us know about a new interview with J.Crew's Mickey Drexler on Bloomberg business.

The video comes from Bloomberg (click here to watch). The following article is a summary from Racked (click here to read in its entirety):
J.Crew Poobah Mickey Drexler Finally Lets Us Into His Brain
By Adele Chapin
October 21, 2014

J.Crew's chairman and CEO Mickey Drexler answered tough questions about the current state of retail from Bloomberg Television anchor Stephanie Ruhle yesterday, and his comments offer insight into the inner workings of Drexler's brain and, perhaps, J.Crew's current strategy.

There is one direction Drexler says J.Crew definitely won't be pursuing, and that's activewear. He told Ruhle: "Well I'll tell you where we thought about being in, was the active professional kind of business, the yoga or the Under Armour kind of business, but we're not getting in because we don't have the expertise to do that. We're getting into businesses that we're going to be more aggressive about, more ambition about, and invest more, but we're pretty satisfied with the breadth of our products. And now it's a matter of the correct expansion, correct design involvement, and quality. And I say quality because that's really important."

So no J.Crew-branded yoga pants for the foreseeable future. Is it because the J.Crew realizes they can't do this better than Under Armour, as Drexler says? Maybe because J.Crew knows its shopper so well, and trendy athleisure wear doesn't fit into that vision. Or Drexler afraid of reaching into new product lines and overextending, after his experience at Gap.

Ruhle also wanted to know what Drexler thinks of fast fashion. For the record, Drexler likes Zara. He says of Zara: "If you want clothes that don't last a long time and you want to be of the moment and you want a designer look, from what I hear—I don't wear their clothes—you might go there. It's not going to be in your wardrobe a year from today. I think they know that. They're really good at what they do. We on the other hand make clothes that we want people to keep and never throw out.

And in an era where nearly every store is offering deals left and right, Drexler admires retailers who never go on sale. "I am so jealous of Louis Vuitton, okay?," he said. "And that's a 100, 200-year-old brand that has had high integrity for a couple of hundred years. You might add Chanel into that as the only perhaps other one out there and a few others."

Since the world is "over-stored" and "over-garmented," Drexler suggests, retailers have to differentiate their products and can't rely on price slashing—even if customers demand it. "I think the retailer has to have pride and integrity in what they do. And there are enough of us left out there, maybe much less who aren't playing the price game. It's what we do. It is hard, but nothing's ever been easy," he said.
Remember when J.Crew did carry a Yoga line? That was a long time ago. But I do tend to agree that is an area they should not focus on.

I also have to agree with Mickey on the following quote: "We're getting into businesses that we're going to be more aggressive about, ... And now it's a matter of the correct expansion, correct design involvement, and quality. And I say quality because that's really important." I think this is how J.Crew continues to be the J.Crew we all know and love. I think this last rollout, {fingers crossed}, is an example of them trying to get back on track.

By the way, you can just tell that Mickey Drexler really dislikes that J.Crew goes on sale. I hope no one tells him how fast some items get marked down! ;)

What are your thoughts on the article? Any points you agree or disagree with? Please share! :)

Drinking the Crewlade? Try Drunk J.Crew!

"Thanks!" to so many of you, including Gina, CMG, Robyn (in this post), as well as JSR (in this post), who let us know about a new blog on J.Crew: Drunk J.Crew.

According to the Daily Mail (click here to read in its entirety):
Had one too many, girls? New Tumblr blog pokes fun at J.Crew catalog - in which the 'edgy' models look drunk
October 17, 2014

An amusing Tumblr blog which pokes fun at J.Crew's current catalog shots has emerged, using real promotional photos in which all the models appear to be drunk.

Drunk J.Crew was created this week and displays ten photos taken from the retailer's website, with added misspelled captions that speak to the models' vacant, slack-jacked expressions.

'i jus haffa sit down for a second,' reads one, depicting a model who may have been going for 'disheveled chic' but looks more as if she's knocked back one too many strawpedos.

The Tumblr - brainchild of writer and actress Jen Ellison, based in Chicago - features other gems such as: 'Guys for real now it is burrito time,' and 'ono I drobbed it my gum.' ...
Too funny! J.Crew's catalogs, er um "Style Guides", are definitely perfect to add some additional {humorous} commentary. How many times have JCAs questioned a pose, open mouth, or vacant stare?! ;)

Have you checked out Drunk J.Crew? Do you love it!? ;)

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, October 22, 2014

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!


"Thanks!" to many of you, 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, as did the J.Crew Collection (click here).


The OCTOBER catalog (click here to view) is still up. However, the latest NOVEMBER catalog is not. As mentioned by several JCAs, J.Crew posted several images of the newest catalog over at Pinterest (click here to view).

As for the new arrivals... I am excited for this roll-out. Finally! There are so many items on my "want-list" this time around. Here are just a few...

The Buffalo check flannel shirt-jacket (item B4937; $118.00) is beautiful. Hoping it is as nice in person.

The Cambridge cable chunky turtleneck sweater (item B5281; $98.00) is what J.Crew is all about! The range of colors... gorgeous!!!

The Cece ballet flats (item 64408; $125.00) are back in both leather and in suede. I am thrilled over this!!!

The Chateau parka (item B3901; $365.00) is one of the most stunning coats I have seen from J.Crew. I love the hood with faux fur lining.

The Downing tote (item A4399; $168.00) in Cocoa is perfect for Fall. I love it!

The Majesty peacoat (item 49360; $298.00) now comes in more vivid hues. Amazing!

The Plaid tassel scarf (item B6447; $59.50) is the perfect accessory for this Winter. Another love for me!

Overall impression... Welcome back J.Crew, oh how I have missed you!!! :)

Don't forget! J.Crew is offering customers to take an extra 25% off select full priced items and an extra 30% off all Sale items (with some marked as an additional 50% off) with promo code TGIFALL. The offer expires October 26, 2014. 

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? :)

J.Crew Factory: Take an Extra 25% Off!

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

J.Crew Factory is offering 25% off {almost} everything with promotional code EXTRA25. This offer expires October 28, 2014. The fine print includes:

**Discount valid on purchases made at jcrewfactory.com from October 22, 2014, 12:01am ET through October 28, 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 or used in combination with any other offer. Offer not valid on women's puffer vests, men's suiting and footwear, kids' slippers, boys' footwear or third-party branded merchandise. To redeem, enter code EXTRA25 in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Offer valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offer are subject to change.
Another good sale from J.Crew Factory! I like that this applies to both regular and clearance priced merchandise. :)

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion? If so, please share!