You already know Jenna Lyons is a busy, busy lady. As president and executive creative director of J Crew she is responsible for overseeing an ever-growing empire of chambray shirts, sequined pants, and featherlight cashmere. She has also paid a visit to the White House – but not without some minor complications.
The company is currently in the midst of international expansion efforts, with representatives reportedly scouting store locations in London at this very moment. As such, Lyons sat down with UK paper The Guardian this week for a little heart-to-heart about her recent divorce, J Crew CEO Mickey Drexler‘s bizarre method of communication with his staff, and her embarrassing moment at the White House (don’t worry, Jenna, we’ve all had them!)
On a recent visit to the White House – surprisingly, she’s still to meet the first lady, “Ugh, it kills me!” she despairs – she was asked if there was any metal in her body before going through the detectors. “I have braces in my mouth, so I’m like: really? Do we have to talk about this right now? OK, I guess we do…”
Of Drexler’s loudspeaker system:
Drexler calls in with anything, from questions to sound bites and inspirations. Most recently he blasted over a series of Bruce Springsteen anthems after he went to the rocker’s concert four times in as many days. “He even checks in from holiday – he’s like: ‘Hey, I’m in Saint-Tropez; it’s gorgeous here! Anyway, I’m having lunch at Club 55 and you should see all these people wearing white! We should do more white, it’s summer, do we have enough white?’ It’s hilarious – I love it.”
“It has been hard, you know?” she continues gingerly, “but I will say, through everything, I realise how incredibly fortunate I am. Everyone has been so supportive and understanding; my friends and colleagues have all been amazing. It’s certainly been one of the more confusing times of my life, but I’m getting through it.”