J Crew Factory – Factory First

If you haven’t already done so, sign up for J Crew Factory – Factory First emails. So far, they’ve been true to their word and I’ve received coupons via snail mail (20% & 30% off), deals via email weekly and access to new arrivals 24 hours in advance, including one from yesterday afternoon.

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Below are some of my picks and purchases.

Stripe Silk Popover in Green Navy – You’ve seen the Striped Two-Pocket Silk Shirt on me here and I am quite happy with the silk so I expect this to be of the same quality. I don’t purchase any of the Factory shirts that are 100% Polyester as they look and feel cheap, even from a distance.

Draped Sequin Tee in Navy – I have the black tee from last year, seen here and love it. I think this will be of similar fit and quality. The thing I like about last year’s Factory version was you could barely feel the threading to hold the sequins. I recall the Retail version being somewhat itchy because of that. It also comes in black and white ash.
Intarsia Charley Sweater – Didn’t like French Hens, Lollipop-headed French Bulldogs or the Bumble-Lady? How about a cute little Puffin/Duck or Scottie Dog? I have not tried the Charley’s from the Factory store but they are getting much love in the blog-o-shere. We’ll see how these look IRL. I saw the Leopard, Bow and Dot Sweaters a few weeks ago and quite liked them.
Skimmer Pant in Black Watch Plaid – Very Holiday/Christmas-time, don’t you think? 
Chessboard Check Mini Skirt – This is the Buffalo Plaid from last year that was a coat and pants right? Very cute skirt but I can’t think of anything but a solid top/sweater to go with it. I’ll have to see this one in the Factory Store.
Factory Sequin Party Dress – This is the same one as last year that I tried on here (scroll down) and loved but never purchased. I have more than enough Sequined separates that I should probably pass on the dress again this year. But since it is back, I should try it on again, right?

And for The Boy, a Black Watch Tie. I was just thinking a few days ago about a tie in Black Watch for him and now the Factory has one. I usually purchase his ties from the Factory since he’s not too particular right now with Factory vs. Retail material.

What has caught your eye with the Sneak Peak of New Factory Arrivals?


  1. November 4, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    I like your picks AudreyBella, very festive! 🙂 I just got one of the Factory tissue turtlenecks and it's a nice thick cotton. Even better than the regular store version, I think.

    • November 5, 2012 / 12:51 am

      Thanks ABC! I agree with you on the Factory Tissue Turtlenecks, they are thicker than the retail version. I have a few from last year from the Factory store. The Maraschino Cherry and Brilliant Cobalt look promising.

  2. November 4, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    Audrey – are the skimmer pants lined? I am thinking they would be great holiday pants for the price!

    • November 5, 2012 / 12:52 am

      WMM – It's been my experience that the Factory pants are usually not lined. The description doesn't state it but you know how JC is with that sometimes.

    • November 5, 2012 / 9:31 pm

      WMM, all of the wool skimmer pants from factory are fully lined!

  3. November 5, 2012 / 12:59 am

    Audrey – picked the same items pretty much. Thank you for the reviews.

  4. November 5, 2012 / 11:30 am

    Audrey, thank you for the reviews!! I had the two sweaters in my cart, and am so happy to see your comments about the sequin l/s tee not being itchy. I remember trying on the retail version last year — it was unbearably itchy — and have never looked at a JC sequined item since…

  5. November 5, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    I love your picks! I already bought the puffin sweater and wore it today. It's so adorable. Totally agree that the tissue turtlenecks are great. Already picked up several this year.