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.
What Do You Wear to a Gay Wedding? Jenna Lyons Talks Outfitting Same Sex Couples at J. Crew; Mickey Drexler Explains Why He Wants Them in the Catalog
When the gay marriage bill was passed in New York, we couldn't help but wonder what impact that might have on the New York-centric fashion industry and apparently neither could Cathy Horyn. In the Times today, she writes about stylish gay couples heading down the aisle and the outfits they have to choose from. We have been seeing some unconventional wedding attire during bridal fashion week, and there are pieces that could work well for a lesbian wedding. See: simpler options like the pants suit, and tea length dresses that could counter a partner wearing a longer more traditional dress. According to Horyn, same-sex couples are a growing market that designers and retailers will be catering to. And J. Crew is happy to be one of those retailers.