If you've been noticing the rise in prices at J. Crew on certain items, don't worry, you haven't been seeing things (I noticed it too). Since last Spring, a soft launch of their new luxury line, the J. Crew Collection, has been going on; hence the $595 cashmere jacket or the $1,950 silk gown.
The Collection will include dresses, outerwear, shoes, handbags, and jewelry; basically any area that designer goods usually cover. And J. Crew is serious about their new line: they've forged new partnerships with fabric companies like Clerici, who has provided silk for Vera Wang and Chanel.
This Fall, some of the limited edition items will launch with a mini website, and on April 22, the first store solely devoted to the J. Crew Collection will open in Manhattan at 1035 Madison Avenue. After all, they mean business!
To see more of the J. Crew Collection,