Look No Further

— Wed, 3rd September 2008 —

By now, you might have heard how J. Crew is singing a sweeter tune this season, and hitting impressive high notes with its first men’s-only store in the city, some clever collaborations, and improved manufacturing techniques.

Still, after visiting a few locales over the weekend, we’re prepared to say the label’s overhaul is actually being under-hyped, that the quality and execution of its fall ’08 line sets it apart from any rival, and that if we could only shop one brand this fall — deep breadth — we’d indeed choose J. Crew.
From what we hear, the secret–along with a meticulous attention to detail–is the label’s use of high-end materials from the likes of English textile mill Thomas Mason–known for crafting premier shirting from Italian cotton since 1796–and oiled cotton from the British Millerain Company. (To cut down on costs, J. Crew is producing the clothes itself.) As a result, the stuff just fits and feels like a dream.
Along with the above British Millerain oilcloth double-breasted Anchor peacoat for $300, here are just a few of this season’s classics:
British Millerain oilcloth field jackets for $200
Sutherland trench coats for $225
Solid secret-wash button-downs for $64
Vintage chambray work shirts for $98
Thomas Mason fabric shirts for $125
Solid cotton-cashmere cardigans for $75
G Shawl-collar fleeces for $70

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