We caught up with J.Crew menswear designer Frank Muytjens to talk spring inspiration and the unexpected style of '40-era coal miners.
The past two years have been smooth-sailing for the folks of J.Crew, and judging by today's men's presentation at Milk Studios, Spring 2011 will be no different, with a nautical-inspired collection of preppy mens' staples befitting a chic seaside escape.
We caught up with Frank Muytjens, the brand's wildly stylish head of menswear, to talk about how he translates classic menswear staples into J.Crew's undone-prepster aesthetic: "We look at changing the fit, changing the color ... putting it in different fabrications and just making it more wearable," says Muytjens, who wore his signature Wayfarer-style spectacles and a sleek chambray shirt to the event. We see his expert eye at work especially in the unusual color combinations (think burnt sienna and rich indigo), as well as the standout pair of patchwork twill chinos (that might merit a trip to the Broadway men's boutique next season).
Fellas can look forward to tons of preppy favorites like perfectly shrunken grandpa cardigans, toggle sailor coats and casual blazers along with a few fresh twists, like funky denim totes and quirky striped scarves. As for his own style, Muytjens claims to find inspiration from Bryan Ferry to "people working in the mines," anyone whose clothes "tell a story." We're keen to see how Muytjens' own story progresses as J.Crew continues to go haute.