January 19, 2021

Too hip or too dull? The many reasons J Crew lost its spot in Americans’ closets

The retailer that once reliably supplied wardrobe basics for many has struggled with the transition to online sales, risky stylistic decisions and corporate debt

In the end, not even Christy Turlington could save Mickey Drexler, widely regarded as one of the most talented apparel merchants in US retail history.

Drexler, 72, stepped down as the chief executive of J Crew last week after 14 years at the helm. His departure came shortly after the exit of the company’s highly regarded creative director, Jenna Lyons, who joined the firm in 1990 and helped shape it into a consumer phenomenon, a temple of cut-price, high-quality preppy wear.

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