J. Crew began in 1983 as a collection of sportswear, shoes, and accessories featured in lifestyle images on the pages of J.CREW Outfitters. The company revolutionized casual dress by designing the first stonewashed chinos, the rollneck sweater, and the solid, cotton pocket tee. Expanding on the success of the catalog, our first retail venture premiered in New York's South Street Seaport in 1989. This location featured our existing collection and styles designed exclusively for the store. Since then J. Crew has continued to grow opening over 40 factory and 150 retail stores.