Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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.

13 comments:

  1. PSA Factory excursion vests are on sale for $59 online. Also the early access email went out this AM with free shipping and 40% off new arrivals.

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  2. I've shared numerous J.Crew-like items in this post. Included this week are alternatives for the Excursion Quilted Vest, Flower Lattice Necklace, and Jericho Tote, just to name a few.

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  4. kind of OT but i thought THIS was a great article on Petra Langerova, who is the head designed of Everlane. she talks about her experience working at J. Crew in 2007-2009:

    "After Tommy I went to J.Crew, which was fantastic, mostly because it was extremely like working for a small business again, the way the company was managed. We were one of the few companies that still worked with small Italian mills, so we were able to create all these fabulous fabrics from scratch, creating luxury goods at a democratic price. It definitely created a breeding ground for creativity, people were very excited about it, they lived and breathed it. I worked in women's wovens, handling dresses, separates, doing a capsule woven collection, all the novelty skirts and pants and all of the suiting, novelty jackets.

    [J.Crew CEO] Mickey Drexler, he was one of my biggest mentors, even though he wasn't a fashion designer, he's a merchant that understands product, really the genius that made J.Crew so desirable. Overall, it was a very great experience. I think when I got there we hit the peak, but it went a little bit over the top, really a bit too exclusive and maybe not as understandable for everyone. A lot of companies caught up to J.Crew's design and started copying it; when I was leaving, there were slight shifts, trying to rebrand. J.Crew's success was its own detriment, how many people wanted to copy that success."

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  5. If you like J. Crew's sweatpants look, Athleta has some wool sweatpants that look pretty nice. I didn't try them on, but I think the instructions were machine wash?

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  6. Old Navy - stuff 'n' save for 20-30% off ends today. Some in-store pricing info (toddler girls).

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  7. Forgive my vent, but I felt I needed to warn you all about shopping with COS (cosstores.com). I really like their clothes, and placed my second-ever order last week. I didn't receive an order confirmation or a shipping notification. When I thought to check on the order on their website this morning, I saw it was to be delivered today. Unfortunately, Fed Ex dropped the package on my driveway, and my dog had destroyed the clothes. When I went to the COS website to see about ordering replacement items, I noticed my customer history showed two recent orders. They had shipped two of the same order, and my dog had destroyed both. They refuse to take ANY responsibility for sending a duplicate order, so I have no clothes and double the charge on my credit card. BUYER BEWARE. I will say it makes me appreciate stores like J Crew that provide good customer service even more. Rant over-thanks for reading :)

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    1. Well, you have to love it when a company (even eventually, with a little effort) steps up. After learning my cc company (go Chase!) would cover damaged items I had purchased with my card, I told COS never mind on the request to escalate the claim. In the meantime, it had reached management in the UK, who credited both orders and offered an apology discount. They were far more generous than I asked for or expected, and I'm appreciative. Thought it was worth sharing-sorry for the ramble :)

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  8. i have a 227$ lululemon gift card i'm looking to unload.. I returned something and nothing appeals to me there right now. Will accept any reasonable offer and mail it anywhere in Canada. email me at ellen dot eamon at gmail.

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  9. What I like at Kate Spade for an addtl 20% off. The code is FALLSALE20 and it's good thru tonite.

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  11. Madewell sent out an email suggesting a few different ways to style their leather pieces. I wrote up a post about it here, and also included my favorites from their leather collection.

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