Just as the industry gears up for Black Friday and the ever-important holiday shopping season with fears still running rampant, the folks over at J. Crew have much to be happy about. They are reporting almost double the profits for this quarter. CEO Mickey Drexler told WWD, "It’s about product, it’s about quality, it’s about design, it’s about service, it’s about creativity. It might sound simple, but in this business, sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to achieve." Hooray for good news and a smart plan! And of course, you can't deny giving special thanks to two very important ladies in that formula, the crazy talented woman with her hand in every aspect of the company, Jenna Lyons and our insanely influential, sales-driving first lady, Michelle Obama. Jenna will make even make an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show on Black Friday. We love hearing from the lady, so we'll definitely be tuning in.
First Look: Manolo Blahnik for J. Crew
Here's an awesome Valentine from J.Crew to us. Jenna Lyons mentioned a while back that she would love to do a high-end collaboration along the lines of Christian Louboutin for J. Crew, and now it looks like her plans have come to fruition. For Fall 2012, Manolo Blahnik has collaborated with J. Crew on a line of their classic Bebe style heels. The shoes will be available on J. Crew's website both in J.Crew exclusive prints and seasonal colors. No word on price yet, but go ahead and get your credit cards ready, because you'll definitely want to grab these.