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Behind the Design: J.Crew X Drake’s®


Renowned English haberdashery Drake’s has been handcrafting gentlemen’s scarves, ties and pocket squares for almost 40 years. Now its collaborating with us for its first-ever (!) women’s collection, featuring scarves, shoes and pajama-inspired tops and bottoms that you can only find here. Here’s the skinny on how it all came together…


THE BACKSTORY

After our head women’s designer Somsack bought one of Drake’s tapestry-inspired bandanas from our men’s collection, he was so impressed (and got so many compliments) that he asked to collaborate with them on a women’s collection.

Somsack at J.Crew HQ.


“Drake’s has such an important heritage and tradition in menswear. One day we thought, let’s see if they’d be interested in doing something for the ladies. After all, any opportunity to borrow from the boys is a great fit for us.”
Somsack 

Tracy, one of our stylists, talks print mixing with Jenna and Somsack.


THE HISTORY

Drake’s was founded in 1977 by haberdasher Michael Drake, who became famous on Savile Row for his exquisite printed pocket squares and ties. Creative director Michael Hill took the helm in 2010, growing the brand’s reputation for vibrant, innovative prints.

THE SEARCH

We pored over more than 2,000 patterns in the Drake’s archives in London to find our three favorite prints: Bird of Paradise, Bengal Tiger and Midnight Unicorn.

THE PRINTS

These patterns were inspired by a wide range of sources, from Tibetan art to medieval Tudor tapestries.


OUR INSPIRATION BOARD

Boudoir dressing, classic men’s tailoring, Italian interiors, the rich color of a velvet couch… We could go on.

THE SAMPLES ARRIVE

Each design was recolored in custom shades from our J.Crew color library—wine lilac, verdigris peach, peony guava and navy driftwood—and printed in Italy on 100 percent silk.


“We wanted shapes that were simple, classic and clean to show off the intricacy of each print. And who doesn’t love a fancy pajama?!?”
Somsack

Photographs by Clément Pascal and Bryan Derballa.

Shop the Drake’s for J.Crew collection here.
TAGS: inspiration, womens, jenna lyons, somsack sikhoumuong, behind the design, in good company
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