We moseyed over to the opening of the much-buzzed-about Men’s J.Crew store this morning. Though originally slated to open at the beginning of May, four extra months of refurnishing the interior were needed to fine-tune the liquor bar–cum–men’s haberdashery. This is a far cry from the mass-produced, strip-mall version of J.Crew we all know, mmkay?
For one, the store is collaboration crazy. They’re selling black Globe-Trotter luggage made exclusively for J.Crew (it holds a ton — literally, ONE TON) and retails for over a thousand dollars, as well as a few pairs of Selima Optique men’s sunglasses made exclusively for J.Crew. They’ve even teamed up with the Strand bookstore to design a special tote bag for the store, which will play off the bookstore’s iconic bag. And J.Crew cherry-picked a number of vintage items like tie clips, crocodile belts, records, and books, all for sale, as well as newer items from brands like Alden, Redwing Shoes, Aesop, and Mister Freedom. Prices vary depending on the goods; a worn-in T-shirt is $24.50, a gray cardigan is $79.50, salvaged-denim jeans go for $150, a vintage croc belt goes for $400, and a navy Duncan coat is a cool $800.
While we’re all for this new trend of men’s boutiques, we can’t help but think the whole package is just too … darn … pretty. As reported earlier, J.Crew kept some of the “Liquor Store Bar” intact (to pay homage to the ol’ drinking den and assuage Tribeca’s lamenting neighbors, perhaps?), and yes, several bottles of booze were spotted inside. So we had to ask the cute shop boys, can we drink it? “No. But we’re selling the glasses!” Sigh. See more photos after the jump.