i called in a bunch of stuff from the catalog instore because the JCrew by my work sucks. when i spoke to the csr, he said that they could only let me use the friends and family discount if they didn't have it in the store. and of course i said they didn't! but they really didn't =) most of it anyways.
another cool thing i did was that i asked the csr if they would honor instore prices if they were still listed in the catalog. i wanted the square ring slides and they are listed as $58 in the catalog and online but only $29.95 in store. But they had ran out off my size. the csr said that all he needed was employee verification and i nabbed the first one i saw and put him on the phone. and then badda bing, i got my shoes for $29.95! granted they are on back order, i got these shoes for a little over $20 and they're supposed to be sent the first month of june. just in time for summer! woohoo!
I used to work for J. Crew, so I can answer that question.
There are 3 clothing lines/classifications used internally at J. Crew for both men & women:
Durables, Workwear, & Classics.
Durables are the casual stuff, while Workwear & Classics are the fancier stuff. I was never able to figure out what the difference between Workwear & Classics was from a design standpoint. So, lets just say that Classics are more expensive and a little more for going out than to work.
So, a durables store is a smaller, casual clothing only store.
The in-season sale are still expensive... compare to what I've purchased at one of J.Crew factory store. For example, I bought this Patterned jacquard skirt at J.Crew factory store for $9.95 + 20% discount for visitor, and Ruched V-neck for $9.95 + additional 25% off in-store over the weekend. YMMV...
I found this pant on sale at the factory store for $27.99, but it's only $19.99 online... Petite plaid pant
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