When I started reading it I thought I couldn't admire Lyons any more than I already do - she worked her way up in a national company and revitalized J. Crew from a fuddy-duddy lady brand into the coolest thing for ladies of all ages. But lo and behold, there were a slew of facts about the California native that even the most obsessed Lyons follower wouldn't have known.
So click through to find out more about Jenna Lyons. (Bonus fact: Her workspace is cooler than yours... and ours too.)
Jenna Lyons stands 6'5" in heels, which explains her regal presence.
"Both the groupspeak and groupdress suggest that Lyons has, at least in an operational sense, trained her employees to think like her."
J.Crew employees think like Jenna?! Where do we apply for a job?
“Dear Jenna, Thank you for the meatloaf sandwich. Love, Tom Sachs.” Is a real note that Jenna received form artist Tom Sachs... Must've been a great sandwich!
"'Jenna Lyons girl crush' brings up half a million Google hits."
At least we know we're not the only ones searching that.
"Lyons dislikes the word preppy."
J. Crew has in prep for pep, I guess.
On the toenail polish debate of 2011: “It was about sweatpants and moccasins and reading the paper,” she says. “And that’s what we were doing: I was painting my nails and Beckett wanted his nails painted, too. I’m not surprised that he was interested in what I was doing. My God, my toes went from white to hot pink—it was very exciting.”
"It was during this period that Lyons sewed her first piece of clothing, a yellow rayon skirt printed with jumbo watermelons."
Yellow watermelon skirt and blue striped crop-top? Looks like Lyons always had an instinctual sense of color.
"Lyons accepted without asking what her salary would be."
Lyons' first position at J. Crew was in men's knits - which she accepted without even asking what she was to be paid. In retrospect, maybe she just knew one day she'd be the creative director.
"“Mickey was the best thing since sliced bread,” Lyons says. “I loved him from the minute he walked in the door.”"
Even though Drexler only kept 2 executives on board after starting as J. Crew's CEO, his relationship with Jenna couldn't be better. And it seems the respect is mutual.
"In 2009, the then–creative director was awarded a $1 million bonus. This piece of information was met, remarkably, without sour grapes from any corner."
Proving Jenna awesomeness - part of her bonus went to a 1969 Mercedes.