J. Crew's History
J. Crew was founded in 1947 by Mitchell Cinader and Saul Charles as Popular Merchandise Inc, a retailer of low priced women’s clothing. In 1989, they changed the name to J. Crew and opened their first retail store in Manhattan. Throughout much of their history, they were owned by the Cinader family, when in 1997, the investment group Texas Pacific bought a majority stake in the company. Today, they are a privately owned company with about 333 stores.
J. Crew's Values
J. Crew believes in style over fashion and sells clothes that look best when they are lived in. They are an American company, but they also source their fabrics from around the world, including Italian wool, Irish linen and Japanese seersucker. They are known for their great designs with each design conceived in their New York offices.
What makes J. Crew unique?
J. Crew is unique in that their designers sketched, tape, and tuck and bead their products at their New York studios. They believe in sneakers with suits and denim on denim, and they are not afraid to bend the fashion or style rules once in a while.