6 posts tagged "Mickey Drexler"
Nestled in a former bakery on Elizabeth Street in New York City’s Nolita is Alex Drexler’s first freestanding boutique for Alex Mill, the line of men’s and boy’s wares he launched in 2012. “I always wanted to start something on my own and have a store,” the 35-year-old Drexler, who previously worked behind the scenes in garment production at brands like Steven Alan and Gryphon, told Style.com. The new shop opens its doors for the first time today.
It may also be pertinent that Drexler’s father, Mickey Drexler, is the CEO of J.Crew and the former CEO of Gap. But don’t let that disenchant—Alex is working to forge his own path. “No matter what connections you have, it’s really difficult to start a business, and this business is about the product,” he says. “The extent of [my father's] involvement is just him giving me fatherly advice.”
Drexler stresses that quality is key when it comes to his menswear essentials, which range from $55 to $295. The line, he explains, offers, “the right core items, say a shirt, jeans, and T-shirt, that make up a man’s uniform.” And via intense attention to detail (think special stitching, buttons in industrial-grade melamine or mother-of-pearl, and salvaged edges), he hopes to provide modern dressing with an edge for the Alex Mill everyman, a concept that well extends into the brand’s new 400-square-foot Nolita home.
“Similar to what our clothing represents, the space is modern, fresh, and clean with bright colors and hints of vintage elements,” Drexler says. “There’s a striped gym floor with a beautiful tin roof, vintage cameras we bought off eBay, red cabinetry, and waxed cotton seating…we also have a map of New York made out of vintage denim from Japan.”
It’s obvious that Alex Mill is a labor of love for Drexler and his small team. “Each day is a new set of challenges, as you can imagine, and it’s hard to see the light. But I’m really proud of what our team’s accomplishing.” And while the brand, which is also carried by Barneys New York, Unionmade, Odin, and United Arrows (among others), is growing, Drexler continues to focus on the basics. “The clothing needs to fit great, and people need to love it. That’s really all that matters.”
Alex Mill opens today and is located at 268 Elizabeth Street in New York.
Mickey Drexler Is Everywhere At The J.Crew Headquarters, Three Finnish Designers Win Top Honors At The Hyères Festival, Fern Mallis Gets the Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award, And More…
At J.Crew’s office, out of sight isn’t out of mind. CEO Mickey Drexler installed a P.A. system to share thoughts, insights, and occasionally, Bruce Springsteen tracks with the entire staff—even when he’s not around. “”He…checks in from holiday,” Jenna Lyons tells the Observer. “He’s like: ‘Hey, I’m in Saint-Tropez; it’s gorgeous here! Anyway, I’m having lunch at Club 55 and you should see all these people wearing white! We should do more white, it’s summer, do we have enough white?’ It’s hilarious—I love it.” [Observer]
Finnish design trio Siiri Raasakka, Tiia Siren, and Elina Laitinen have been awarded the L’Oréal Professional Jury Grand Prix for the 27th Hyères Festival at the Villa Noailles. The young designers, chosen by a jury that included Yohji Yamamoto, Olivier Saillard, and more, will receive a €15,000 grant and a chance to show their collections during Spring 2013 Paris fashion week. [Paris Vogue]
Former CFDA executive director and senior vice president of IMG Fashion Fern Mallis has been honored with the Pratt Institute’s Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to the fashion veteran last week by Calvin Klein, who described her as a “referee” to designers. [WWD]
The U.K. may have found its next top model. Harper Beckham, daughter of Victoria and David, may be only 9 months old, but she’s already got her first offer in hand. Personalized baby gift company My1stYears.com has sent an open letter addressed to Harper herself requesting her modeling services. [Telegraph]
The unbridled enthusiasm of J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler for the purveyors of goods he admires is well-documented. New York designer Nili Lotan (above) witnessed it firsthand when Drexler came down to her airy but unassuming Tribeca store-cum-studio a few months ago at the suggestion of mutual friends. “I loved his energy and spontaneity,” says Lotan. “He came in and was like, ‘Wow! Wow!’ for an hour.”
“Wow” led to a deal, and Lotan is now the latest designer to stock her wares—like slouchy, stripey linen sweaters ($218) and maxi shirtdresses ($235, left)—on jcrew.com and a few of its brick-and-mortar stores, as the newest addition to the retailer’s In Good Company program. The sweaters and dresses are said to be on point for selling out, and the four other pieces in this first delivery—two colors of cropped jeans with a bias-cut fly ($260), a washed-cotton military jacket ($555), and a creamy-hued loose-weave knit ($218)—are also moving quite quickly. The team at J.Crew has already reordered for summer and picked their merch for Fall. Though Lotan’s barely been on the site and in stores for two weeks, it’s all starting to make Drexler’s very direct question to Lotan at the time—”How come nobody knows about you?”—a moot point. To ensure that mootness, however, Drexler’s team also put together a feature on the Israeli-born designer, who got her education in solid American sportswear at Nautica and Ralph Lauren before starting to peddle her coolly tailored take on utilitarian chic in 2003.
For her part, Lotan is ready for a potential upgrade from cult to household-name status by relaunching a much sturdier Web site and e-commerce platform to go live at the end of the month. “It’s very exciting,” she says of her new partnership. “I wasn’t under the radar because I was shy or because I thought I didn’t deserve it, I just wanted it to take its time to get there when it needed to get there.”
Nili Lotan is available at Lotan’s own shop, 188 Duane Street, NYC, 212-219-8794, and at www.j.crew.com.
Dovima has a new home: Chez Christian Dior. The iconic Avedon portrait of legendary model Dovima in a Dior gown, surrounded by elephants (pictured), was snapped up by the house of Dior when it went on the block at Christie’s much-anticipated auction in Paris. It went for $1.1 million (at current exchange rates), the highest price, according to a Christie’s expert, recorded for such a photo in France. [WWD]
Looking for runway newcomer Britt Maren? Try New York’s Fat Radish restaurant on the Lower East Side. As she tells W, her boyfriend works there as a cook and she’s a regular—as, apparently, is Marc Jacobs. [W]
More details are emerging on Prince William’s royal wedding: Wills and Kate Middleton will be married on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. Dress details, alas, remain a mystery. [Vogue U.K.]
Good day for J.Crew: The do-no-wrong retailer has announced that it’s been acquired by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital, to the tune of almost $3 billion (!). CEO Mickey Drexler will stay on, and remain one of the company’s largest stakeholders. [Fashionologie]