I picked up a copy of the January '09 J. Crew catalog the other day, and two things stuck out to me.
1. On page 4 there is a caption that reads "THE CARDIGAN (A.K.A. THE THIRD PIECE)" and on the next page there is a quote from "Gayle, women's stylist" under the "Behind the Seams" heading that reads "What's the third piece? Think of it as the finishing touch to any outfit. Your fashion ace-in-the-hole. This season it's the cardigan--long or short." Reading this made me immediately think of the post that I did last September entitled "The third item." While I certainly couldn't claim to have invented the concept or the phrase, nor could I accuse J. Crew of stealing my idea, I did find it interesting. If anyone at J. Crew is actually reading this and would like to offer me a job at corporate, I'd certainly be interested in talking...
2. Towards the back of the catalog I saw that J. Crew is selling a Baracuta G9 jacket this season. These have always been classic jackets, but it is another example of J. Crew's (relatively) new strategy of selling classic items made by other manufacturers (Chuck Purcells, Levi's 501s, Red Wing boots, Hunter wellies, Mackintosh coats, etc.). They're only offering it in "Tomato" which looks pretty good; I'm not sure if it differs from the standard "Dark Red" that Baracuta usually offers. I will point out that while it does look good, it still doesn't hold a candle to the Kelly green G9 that was offered last year (and, sadly, appers to no longer be available). I was pleased to see that they are selling it for $275 which is only a $10 mark-up from the prices at O'Connell's in Buffalo, so I think that's fair. While I am kind of annoyed at J. Crew because of their current sizing, and the fact that they will now no longer allow me to directly save images off of their website, I do like the general direction that they're moving.
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