J.Crew debuted in 1983 with the mailing of its first catalog. Six years later, we opened a flagship store at New York’s South Street Seaport. Today, the business includes retail and outlet stores nationwide and an ever-growing online and catalog business.
In 2003, Millard “Mickey” Drexler joined J.Crew as chairman and CEO, pushing service, quality and innovation to the next level. Still under his leadership almost a decade later, we partner with the finest global fabric mills and craftsmen—as well as with iconic brands such as Jack Purcell®, Timex®, Thomas Mason® and Red Wing® (to name just a few). J.Crew has also introduced several line extensions, including crewcuts (for kids sizes 2—14), J.Crew weddings & parties and J.Crew Collection (featuring exclusive and limited-edition pieces). J.Crew continues its retail expansion with a series of new specialty shops for men, women and kids, as well as the addition of dedicated shoe and handbag salons in existing stores.
J.Crew went global in August 2011 with the opening of our first Canadian store, located at Yorkdale Center in Toronto, which was followed quickly by store openings in both Vancouver and Edmonton. We rolled out our e-commerce site to over 100 countries in early 2012 and are also currently scouting overseas for brick-and-mortar locations.