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A Detailed Look | J.Crew Men’s Shop on Madison

Sep 1st, 2010 | Categories: Men's Stores, Menswear, New York City | by Michael Williams

The J.Crew men’s shops are best experienced in person, but I thought that instead of documenting the new store on Madison Avenue (at 79th Street) in the usual manner, it would be cool to team up with Mr. Sean Sullivan to put a little video tour together. If you don’t live in New York and were curious what this whole J.Crew men’s thing was all about, I think this gives you a good impression of what the company is doing. If you do live in New York and are too lazy to go that far uptown, this will save you $2.25 in train fare. I’m impressed with what J.Crew is doing and like it or not, you have to salute a company that is giving guys their own shopping experience, separate from the ladies.

Music is by native son of Ohio Mr. Dan Auerbach (Whispered WordsKeep it Hid).

Comments: 24

24 Comments to “A Detailed Look | J.Crew Men’s Shop on Madison”

  1. William Yan
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 1:06 AM

    Go Mike, go! Turning lemons into lemonades.

  2. BobbyRieg
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 1:34 AM

    I may never make it to J. Crew despite a nice video tour, but I did buy Dan Auerbach’s album!

  3. Micahel
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 6:25 AM

    Didn’t know they did so much more than suits!

  4. Shawn
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 7:25 AM

    Nice video, and an added bonus by including some Auerbach.

    Was at the shop this past Thursday and I as impressed. Frank and the team did a great job, keeping the feel of the store different from the other men’s shops Crew has in the city.

    I love the Hickoree’s Hard Goods store downstairs in the old vault. Picked up a few non-Crew pcs for myself: Stanley & Sons Waxed Tote, 1940′s Chore Jacket from Pay Day.

  5. Sam
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:02 AM

    Cool video.

  6. Jess
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:47 AM

    I like J Crew 100 times more since they used Dan Auerbach’s music for the video.

  7. Isaac
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 10:32 AM

    They’ve done a really fantastic job with the store. Despite that, I do enjoy hunting around for clothing, and this seems to take some of the fun out of it. It’s so…. convenient.

  8. Joe
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 10:45 AM

    Looks great Michael, well done!

  9. P
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 11:20 AM

    E&J Frankel used to be in that space.

  10. will279
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 4:05 PM

    Looks cool. And did I notice an (almost) subliminal shot of an ACL label towards the end?

  11. Read
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 6:56 PM

    Looks like breaking into that vault would be worth the charge!

  12. Brian Davis
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 7:02 PM

    Great first look! Can’t wait to make my way uptown to check it out in person. Hickorees store within a store was an awesome move. Do you know if they plan on having a revolving guest pop-up shop in the vault? Or is Hickorees a permanent fixture?

  13. David Foust
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:16 PM

    i thought that was a great video. Dan Auerbach is godsent with the gift of vocals and guitar. J. Crew is really bringing some nice collections, it is pricey to some of us though. you get what you pay for? I’m hoping

  14. Ted
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:24 PM

    Nice. Thanks for that. I will head uptown next week. I need to get the 4.50 together.

  15. Buggie
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 12:20 AM

    The new camera looks great and so does your choice of typography!

  16. Farnswerth
    on Sep 3rd, 2010
    @ 9:04 AM

    Are most of J. Crew’s products still made in Asia?

  17. Charles
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 10:05 PM

    I go to school right around the corner from here. I know where I will be spending my lunch breaks.

  18. Michael Williams
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 10:40 PM

    Uncle Peter — it takes a big man to leave negative anonymous comments. Try again with your real name and I will aprove it.

  19. Mark
    on Sep 5th, 2010
    @ 1:12 AM

    This is indeed good news. I always enjoy seeing how J. Crew finds new ways to take classic menswear pieces and makes them as boring and ill-fitting as possible. I also prefer my clothes to be made in the Far East which is why J. Crew’s particular commitment to American heritage style is doubly important. Can’t wait to see what other snooze-inducing co-brandings they have in the works. Ideally within 5 years J. Crew will be nothing more than a department store that sells nothing but other people’s rubbish rather than having to make their own. Super!

  20. Charles
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 11:56 AM

    Well each there own. My only question is why follow/comment on the blog if it is against your believes. Also who really cares if its made in the far east or not? American Heritage my ass. any American company of the “era” would have made their clothes in other countries if it was cost effective to them. Just look at the wool mills in PA an NY during the industrial revolution, over working young girls in unsafe environment. thats American Heritage for you.

  21. Oscar
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 4:56 PM

    I made the trip Uptown to J crew’s Madison Avenue store. The store its beautifully designed and once inside it makes you want to buy each piece of clothing there. Great denim selection. Only thing that I found myself suffocated by teeny boppers holding their dad’s hand and asking them to try on items that they will normally never wear. It felt a bit stuffy, the store did not have the casual, hip air found at 484 and the Liquor store. I immediately ran out of there!

  22. Mike
    on Sep 7th, 2010
    @ 3:25 PM

    Great video.

    J Crew has a done a great job these last few years, almost re-inventing themselves a bit with more authentic styles and apparel. I know they sell a lot of American products, like Red Wings in stores, but are their clothes manufactured in the US?

  23. editor
    on Sep 7th, 2010
    @ 5:44 PM

    when i saw micky drexler in the soho 45rpm earlier this year, i wanted to heave him out, but instead i fled (and 45rpm has been a little tainted ever since — well, that and the increase of their “made in china” merchandise at 45. tragic.). but in all honesty, jcrew has done a terrific job staying relevant. it’s not my scene, but i do 100% respect the aesthetic that they are pushing/endorsing/branding. i’d rather everyone not dress like a catalog page, but on the other hand, for people without much taste of their own, this is a godsend. so in a perfect world, this type of one-stop retailing wouldn’t be necessary, but the real world will be a bit better dressed, maybe, hopefully, possibly, because of jcrew. the people who don’t need the help/guidance won’t go, so it’s no real threat. kudos to them for the direction they went in. i remember when they were neck-and-neck with banana republic. it’s pretty clear to see which tactic paid off.

  24. jb
    on Sep 12th, 2010
    @ 11:12 PM

    most of jcrews clothing is manufactured in china.