Kate Middleton and J. Crew: Is This the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship?
Kate Middleton has an army of go-to brands in her ever-stylish arsenal, so when the Duchess of Cambridge wears a new label, we take notice. And notice we did on Monday night when Middleton opted not only for a new brand but one that is quintessentially American: J. Crew. She teamed a pair of black skinny jeans from the brand with a Tory Burch coat and black pumps for a Brooklyn Nets basketball game (below). The following day, Middleton and Prince William met J. Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, at a reception (above).
J. Crew jeans and a meeting with the face of the brand left one question buzzing around in our heads: Will we see more J. Crew on the Duchess of Cambridge in the future? (If you ask us, J. Crew and Middleton seem like a match made in sartorial heaven.)
Although J. Crew has four stores in London, the brand, which was founded in 1983, only expanded into the U.K. in 2011, which is also when they started selling merchandise online. Britain's first brick-and-mortar J. Crew store opened its doors in London in November 2012, and their clothes—structured coats, elegant day dresses, classic pumps, and chic cocktail dresses—are definitely in line with the Duchess's sense of style. However, the prices in the brand's U.K. stores have caused consternation among British shoppers because of mark ups by as much as 60 percent due to exchange rates, The Telegraph reports. But one thing's for sure: If there's anyone who can convince the fashionistas of Britain (or the world) to stock up on J. Crew, it's Kate Middleton.