J. Crew was founded as Popular Merchandise by Mitchell Cinader and Saul Charles in 1947. Popular Merchandise, a company that aimed to sell affordable women's clothing, became known as J. Crew in 1989, the same year the first J. Crew store was opened. J. Crew now operates about 250 stores across the country and numerous stores across the globe. J. Crew has maintained a classic, fairly preppy style, modeled after the designs of Ralph Lauren.
J.Crew Group, Inc. is an American multi-brand, multi-channel, specialty retailer. The company offers an assortment of women's, men's and children's apparel and accessories, including swimwear, outerwear, loungewear, wedding, bags, hair accessories, belts, jewelry, and shoes. As of January 2011, it operated 333 retail stores throughout the United States. The company conducts its business through retail, factory, clearance, crewcuts, and Madewell stores, catalogs, and on its website. In 1947, Mitchell Cinader and Saul Charles founded Popular Merchandise, Inc., a store which did business as Popular Club Plan and sold low-priced women's clothing marketed through in-home demonstrations. The 1980s marked a booming sales period for catalog retail giants Landsa__ End, Talbots, and L L Bean.
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