Tuesday, May 12, 2009

J.Crew's New Men Shop (In NYC)

A big "thanks!" to Marietta & Russell (from the great site Urban Daddy), who shared with us a recent article about J.Crew's newest Men's store (click here).

Crews Control: Tailored Clothing From One of Your Favorite Shops

By Urban Daddy

May 11, 2009

We like to think of ourselves as appreciators of innovation.

Whether it comes from a pajama-clad artist holed up in a pink West Village castle or a corporate behemoth with stores in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we don't discriminate.

So we've been keeping our eyes on the Americana hucksters at J.Crew lately as they tinker with their khaki empire—first when they opened up a brilliant slice of a store in an old bar, then when they started collaborating with old schoolers like Alden shoes and Mackintosh coats and finally when they became tight with the Prez.

So we're happy to bring you a first sneak peek inside their latest den of sartorial innovation: the Mens Shop—complete with a nifty little suiting parlor within the store—opening tomorrow in Soho.

Think of the new store as a bigger version of their Tribeca Liquor Store mixed with a guys-only vintage shop and your favorite tailor's workshop. And it looks the part: light wood floors, black lacquered metal, and old, restored cabinets and tables set the scene for a pretty choice collection of gear and sundries.

We're talking classics (selvedge denim, trim polos), collaborations (Mr. Freedom Ts, Russell Moccasins) and vintage (old books, magazines, belts and the like), in addition to all the duds—from Thomas Mason shirts, argyle socks and vintage tie bars—you would need to clean up nice in The Suit Shop.

We eagerly anticipate the J.Crew sartorial gastropub…

I love the layout of the new store- it makes me want to visit even though its for Men only! ;)
On J.Crew's website, it is also announced that artist Richard Haines will be at the store "Tuesday and Saturday from 12-2PM and 4-6PM" and "he'll create an original sketch of anything you'd like- your dog, your necktie... you name it". That is pretty cool! In case you are interested, the address for the new location is:
The J.Crew Mens Shop
484 Broadway (at Broome) | Soho
New York, NY 10013 | 212-343-1227

What are your thoughts on the new store? Do you think you will visit it soon (to either meet Richard Haines or to see the store itself)? Do you prefer to visit a Men-Only (or Women-Only) J.Crew store (as oppose to visiting a regular store)? :)


  1. This would be a great store to check out and warm up the credit card in. A little too far away for me, but I'd love to be there.

  2. oh how i wish i could go! i love their men's stuff...i think i shop more for my bf than i do for me!

  3. My bf doesn't really go for much at JC... a couple solid polos or sweaters, sometimes a tie. Every now and then I'm surprised by an item he likes (a royal purple cashmere sweater is one example), so you never know.

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  5. Bravo! If this anything like the Liquor store, they'll have another winner on their hands.

  6. I couldn't resist...I took a walk over during lunch to see the new shop. Have to say, it looked great. The shop was pretty crowded and humming with activity. Noticed a lot of items I haven't seen before in typical J. Crew men's sections, like some selvage Levi's, vintage tie clips, bee-yoo-tiful Alden shoes and what seemed to be an expanded section of cashmere. Richard Haines was indeed there, doing sketches.

    All in all, tastefully done. Definitely a visible sign of J. Crew's expanding influence in classic men's wear.

  7. JCrew Guy In Canada: your "warm up the credit card" line was too funny! ;)

    Sharon: I shop for my husband too! :)

    JB: Thanks for sharing your visit today- I am really excited to hear that the new store looks great in person. I am planning a trip to NYC in two weeks so I might stop in. :)

  8. I had just visited the store today. Mickey Drexler was on hand with a few other familiar faces. I find this Men's shop to be better than the Liquor store, just my preference I suppose.


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