J. Crew Men's Shop Gets A Swanky Upper East Side Home

Luigi Tadini

The Upper East Side just got its latest distinguished tenant. Yesterday afternoon, J.Crew opened the doors of their fourth men's shop to the delight of uptown prepsters who formerly had to schlep  all the way down to Tribeca for their Americana fix. No one does heritage quite like head designer Frank Muytjens, whose creative vision has inarguably brought upon the brand's recent renaissance. Located on Madison and 79th Street in a former bank, the shop now houses hand-selected styles from J.Crew's menswear collection including exclusive suiting designs, an expanded shoe assortment and their newest range of In Good Company collaborations. The interior, inspired by 400-year-old farm houses in the Swiss Alps, is mostly made of woodsy reclaimed materials making the shop a welcoming and perfectly merchandised haven for gentelmen. Collectible coffee table books mixed with avant-garde Japanese magazines grace the surface of masculine wrought-iron tables. Knotty pine plank moldings and raised panels frame the drool-worthy Crockett & Jones brogues and Thomas Mason spread-collar dress shirts. The first floor is dedicated to denim, shirting, outerwear and men's grooming while the lower level houses the suit shop featuring an exquisite selection of Ludlow & Alridge styles including a new cashmere two button model exclusive to UES location. Also downstairs, where the bank's original vault was housed, is an accessory corner containing a well-curated range of bags, shoes and a handful of vintage treasures -- all of which makes this Upper East Sider very, very happy.


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