There have been rumours floating around on the blogs that this was a go but I wanted to wait for the official word from Net-a-Porter before releasing the news formally. And it doesn’t get more formal than this statement I just received from the PR Office:
“NET-A-PORTER.COM, the world’s premier online luxury fashion retailer, and J.Crew, the highly coveted U.S-based fashion retailer, today announced the launch of a strategic partnership that will provide customers in 170 countries with unprecedented access to the J.Crew women’s collection. Currently J.Crew operates stores exclusively in the United States and only offers shipping services throughout North America and to Japan.
Beginning in May 2010, a well-edited selection of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories will be available on NET-A-PORTER allowing customers in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania to shop J.Crew for the first time ever and providing customers in the the United States, Canada and Japan with continued access. Over 90 different designs from J.Crew’s Spring/Summer 2010 womenswear collection including evening and day dresses, chinos, mini skirts, jumpsuits, cashmere sets, boyfriend shorts, cotton tees, jackets, desert boots, bikinis, statement jewelry and more will launch. Several exclusive styles and colors will also be available.
Natalie Massenet, Founder and Chairman, NET-A-PORTER.COM says: “We love J.Crew so we are delighted that they have decided to join forces with us to help further service NET-A-PORTER and J.Crew customers internationally. With our global distribution we are an ideal partner for J.Crew. It’s a symbiotic relationship but ultimately its our customers who will benefit – we can provide ours with something exclusive and J.Crew can offer its fans abroad access to products that they haven’t had previously. With our speedy delivery this means that customers in Norway, the Philippines, New Zealand and South Africa can be decked out in J.Crew within a matter of days while customers in London and Manhattan can receive items the same day.”
Jenna Lyons, Creative Director, J.Crew says: “This is such an exciting opportunity for J.Crew to have an international presence with NET-A-PORTER. We have received an overwhelming request from our customers to be available overseas. As a huge NET-A-PORTER fan and shopper, I love the way they edit and present the collections – it comes from very special and elevated point of view and we love the opportunity for J.Crew to be a part of it.“
I am so excited I can barely sit still. All those years of waiting until I flew to New York, Los Angeles or Charlotte to stock up on the brand that so many love and adore. Now all I have to do is log on to the net and I can have J.Crew delivered to my doorstep the very same day in London! You don’t even get that service in America! You have to schlep to the Mall and stock up. Shopping has just hit a new high for me. Pardon me while I do a little dance in my hallway at the exciting news…
…Ok I’m back…I’ll be sure and let you know as soon as we do about the official launch and what items will be included! Knowing Natalie’s taste in clothing this will be only the cream of the crop from J. Crew’s new spring line!
Congrats to the new happy couple, Net-a-porter and J.Crew. We can’t wait to buy up your offspring (ok, that just sounds wrong).