I bought my first J.Crew item in 1995 — it was a heather grey merino v-neck wool sweater that I had until 2004. I can still remember that it cost $65 on sale (at the time the most I’d ever spent on a piece of clothing) and that I was deathly afraid of ruining it. Eventually it succumbed to a hole caused by my then-boyfriend’s dog but not until after we’d 9 long, beautiful years together.
It’s a been a long and sometimes confusing relationship with J.Crew. (They love me! They hate me and don’t send me catalogs anymore! Wait, they love me!) But I do love them. And I guess they love me back because I was among the invitees to their Holiday Collection Preview at their Madison Ave Collection Store in NYC. The party was held last night and it was wonderful! I have been to the Collection Store many times, though not in several months because I’d found the staff to be quite rude up there. Last night though everyone was on their best behavior…downright friendly even!
The fabulous Alexis over at J.Crew Aficionada has a post with all the details so I’ll try not to double recap here. The highlight of the night was without a doubt that J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons was at the party and she was introducing herself to everyone! I spoke to her for a few minutes and found her not only charming but also very friendly and personable. I was honestly quite impressed with how approachable she was. The event had plenty of hors d’oeuvres (including a yummy truffle grilled cheese amuse bouche — DELICIOUS). I also made besties with the amazing catering staff, including the awesome coat caretaker Kenny. (He and I really connected. No seriously. It’s not just because I had a 20 minute wait for a fitting room.)
There were drinks, plenty of staff on hand, and did I mention plenty of inventory? Even a small gift from J.Crew — a scattered pearl necklace. I realize that this entire event was meant to get some of their top spenders to spend more (ahem, it totally worked). But I have to say CHEERS, and a big ol’ THANK YOU J.CREW as well, because it was a really nice party for a small group of people that was executed very, very well. And now I will be very upset if I’m not invited again next year.
What’s scary is that I spent double my J.Crew amount at Anthropologie so far this year. Sadly, I haven’t been invited to any of the soirees at their Rockefeller Center Store. It is what it is I suppose. Ladies, your local Anthro should be having their holiday party soon so be on the lookout for your invite!
In honor of a fun night I thought I’d pull out some of my favorite recent J.Crew buys. The Silk Tiered Cami (now $60 online/$30 in-store, not cool on pricing hypocrisy J.Crew!) has been polarizing on the blogs but I love mine. I have it in toffee (see Chloe rocking it here) and antique stone. And the shoes? J.Crew’s Trixie in warm ivory, my first Collection Store buy. Ahhh, memories. Boo, credit card bills.
Top: J.Crew Silk Tiered Cami in Toffee (now $60)
Jeans: Express Zelda Skinny Jeans in Dark Rinse ($60)
Shoes: J.Crew Trixie in Warm Ivory (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: J.Crew Crystal Symphony Necklace in Pumpkin (similar here)
Ring: Anthropologie Marigold Ring (similar here, here and one ridiculously expensive one here)
Bed head: Priceless.