A few weeks ago I went on a bit of a rant about Brooks Brothers when it was announced that the company was filing for Chapter 11 protection. Even before that happened I was thinking about J.Crew and how it could turn around its fortunes. I felt like I have a lot of perspective on J.Crew for a few reasons. First I know many of the players that were a part of the successful team during the Mickey Drexler era. Secondly, I worked for several years to help briefly revitalize the one-time J.Crew competitor Club Monaco. Even with Aaron Levine’s awesome aesthetic and taste level, it wasn’t easy to get traction. We had a serious uphill battle to try and outmaneuver J.Crew.
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