Get Inside Jenna Lyons’s J.Crew Office

Have you seen snippets of Jenna Lyons’s J.Crew office and felt left wanting… more? Like, have you been wanting to walk around her office and see it from every single angle – Birkenstocks on the desk, casual snaps with POTUS and FLOTUS, architectural side chairs, artwork casually layered and leaning against the walls, pink fur draped over chair backs, the creative moodboards where all the Lyons magic happens…

Yea, me too. This post is the result.

I hope you enjoy marveling in the greatness of these full size photos as much as I do. It’s almost like being inside her office. Almost. Consider this the inspiration for my apartment. Oh and the inspiration for what I want to wear to work every day. Unfortunately I don’t look good in wide rimmed glasses (nor do I need them) otherwise you would probably notice me slowly morphing into a poor woman’s Jenna. From her version of a suit down to the piles of books around her office, the whole look is exactly the undone look I try to not try to achieve. You read that right, it’s all about not trying. Take it from Jenna herself…

There’s sexiness in not trying to be sexy. Sexy for J. Crew is something more natural, not when everything is firing on all cylinders. There has to be something that’s a bit undone. You can’t have perfect hair, and clothes, and makeup—you need an element of imperfection to make you feel like there’s a person behind it all.

I was talking to Anna Wintour about this when we were discussing the red carpets last year, both of us wanted to go and just mess people up a bit. Everyone was so perfect! Everyone’s tan and primped and coifed and there’s no ease. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in that level of spotlight and to be photographed from every single angle while you’re talking and laughing and all these things. You’re so vulnerable! So I get it, but I still just want to go in and mess up people’s hair. Lena Dunham was the one person who didn’t feel overly coiffed. I think she’s one of the most courageous women in television today, partially because of that—and she takes a lot of hits for it, too. She looks beautiful, but you can see her skin and you can see that she’s human. That humanness is something that we’re always striving for with J. Crew. Even if the hair is pulled up perfectly, there has to be that one little piece that comes off. – Jenna Lyons via Into the Gloss

So there you have it, the one little piece that comes off – it’s a design sense that can be applied to everything from interiors to dressing to well, life. #WWJLD

XOXO CRISTINA

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well played Jenna, well played

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PHOTOS 1-8 VIA INTO THE GLOSS, PHOTOS 9-10 VIA VANITY FAIR, PHOTOS 11-13 VIA SAM ROHN, PHOTO 14 VIA FAST COMPANY

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.