>> Jenna Lyons says she's going through a "confusing" time in her life — but her colleagues at J.Crew are making her transition a little easier.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Lyons says she's been able to get through leaving her husband, artist Vincent Mazeau, and selling their home in Brooklyn largely because of the support of her friends and co-workers. Her boss Mickey Drexler's in-office announcement system — which she calls "hilarious" — is probably pretty divertive, too. Read on for more from the interview.
On Drexler's announcements: "When he was installing the system, I was like: are you kidding me with this?" she says. "He even checks in from holiday — he's like: 'Hey, I'm in St.-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."
On her divorce: "I'm adjusting," she says. "It has been hard, you know?" she continues gingerly, "but I will say, through everything, I realize 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."
On curating J.Crew's stores: "I don't want to put a load of pictures of J.Crew models up; people can look at the catalogue for that," she reasons. "You know where you are, hopefully: there's a label on everything. We don't need to tell you about ourselves over and over again; we'd rather share how we feel about art, a movie poster or an installation. It's about trying to make customers feel like they're getting more."
Photo: Jenna Lyons at J.Crew's Fall 2012 presentation.