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by habituallychic

03 . 28 . 11
I happened to be shopping at J.Crew over the weekend.  (What else is new right?)  While flipping through the new catalog I came across Part III of their Made in Italy series.  It was especially interesting because it dealt with their trip to Ratti and Canepa mills in Como, Italy and perfect timing since I had just posted about textile designer Sonia Delauney.  There used to be many mills in Italy but much production has moved to China so it’s comforting to know that J.Crew is supporting these old Italian mills.  I especially loved their look into the archives at Canepa and the artisans painting the prints at Ratti.  I highly recommend watching the accompanying video.  I’m off to figure out how I can get myself invited on the next trip! Ciao!

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  1. First House on the Right March 28, 2011 | 1:53 am

    Beautiful images. Have a lovely week, Nicolex

  2. Brillante Interiors March 28, 2011 | 2:05 am

    Loved the post, Como lake is my turf (half hour from Milan)and I often visit Ratti and the many other textile industries. Brava!

  3. TheIconicBlog.com March 28, 2011 | 2:33 am

    So fabulous and wonderful to see. Love that Llyon.xx


  4. Allison Egan March 28, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Sigh! Oh I have a J Crew obsession and love these photos! I want to come next time too! Jenna Lyons is also a style icon! If only they had J Crew here in Asia!
    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank

  5. jones March 28, 2011 | 10:09 am

    I started protesting “made in China” when “most favored” was granted to China–to see a company stand up to support national manufacturing whether it be Italian, American, French or Japanese over the cop-out of bottom-line decision making makes me want to run over to J.Cew right this moment, but it is still dark outside.

  6. Barbara Jordan Dettweiler March 28, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Great images and more importantly that J. Crew (and you) are supporting keeping businesses thriving in Italy! I found the same with ceramics in Italy – all of the factories are going out of business and everything is moving to China…so sad. I hope you get the chance to go on the next trip – how cool would that be??!!!

  7. The Decorator March 28, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Wouldn’t you just love to be let loose in that design archive!

  8. Inspiration March 28, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Thank you for posting this. You have made my day.
    Leslie. 🙂

  9. Joseph the Butler March 28, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    I haven’t been able to find one thing in JCrew that it’s made in China, so this post confuses me–maybe it’s in the women’s collection and not the men’s. Yes, the sell Red Wing shoes and Barbour coats, but those aren’t JCrew clothes, even the Levi jeans seem to be made in China.

  10. Caitlyn Searles March 28, 2011 | 8:44 pm

    How wonderful is their Made in Italy series?? I died when they posted their shoe one.