We’re rolling out a new series appearing every other Thursday on A Boston Blazer courtesy of the talents of our art director, Gabi Anderson. This series will feature Gabi’s original portraits of my favorite menswear style icons – both real and fictional – with just a bit of background on each. We’ll likely have these for sale in our store shortly so keep an eye out!
First up is the J.Crew’s fearless leader himself, Frank Muytjens. Originally from the Netherlands, Frank’s name is now synonymous with the reboot of one of America’s biggest brands. When he came aboard, J.Crew’s catalogue had already been laying gathering dust in around the country for some 25 years. He jump-started the brand, taking them from being the go-to for classic staples to the sleek, yet masculine, uniform for men around the country. Walking the streets of Boston, you can hardly go a block without bumping into someone in a Ludlow Suit. As J.Crew’s lead menswear designer, Frank has taken the company from its gradual decline back to global dominance, with stores opening around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. He’s also wrangled some of the dominance away from the, likely more profitable, women’s side of the brand. This is manifested in the Liquor Store, the first freestanding menswear shop by the company.
Notably, Frank was also the brains behind many of the J.Crew “in good company” partnerships that brought beautiful heritage brands back from the dead and onto the shelves of their stores around the country, making them recognized and accessible for thousands of men. Wallace and Barnes, Alden, Barbour and Saint James have all been notable examples of this, just to name a few.
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