The Shophound took a look at the newly-renovated J.Crew on Fifth Avenue and found lots of pros to list and only one con—the unfinished wood on the stair banisters. Splinters aside, it looks like the shops been given quite the face-lift after having recently been closed for two months, then reopened during the mostly-incomplete renovations. (Hopefully, all this progress will give way to the new Madewell that's also set to open on Fifth Avenue.)
For starters, the women's area now takes up an additional half-floor, which can only mean more stuff and more space. The crewcuts kiddie collection now has a home on the second floor, overlooking the street. Men's is now housed on the third floor with a more definitive separation between apparel and shoes. Another cute, kitschy addition? A wall of vintage ladies's gloves behind the main staircase, which would be handy for those splinters.
· J.Crew's Renovation Now Complete —With Splinters [The Shophound]
· RackedWire: J.Crew Reopens in Flatiron [Racked NY]
· Madewell Signs a Fifth Avenue Lease, Bringing Soho to Flatiron [Racked NY]