In Defense of Sneakers, All Day, Every Day


In Defense of Sneakers, All Day, Every Day
Artist and sneaker devotee Sophia Chang muses on their merits

As a New York native from the borough of Queens, I’ve always been a big fan of sneakers. When you’re running across the street to catch a light, you aren’t thinking to yourself, “Oh, I wish I were in heels.” You are more likely thinking, “Thank god I’m in sneakers.” Continue reading

The Story Behind 3 of Our Favorite Plaids


While we love returning to all the warm and textured layers of a fall wardrobe, there’s something especially cozy about a plaid shirt. It’s the unofficial uniform of the season, and even a brand-new plaid always feels a little familiar. With all the classic color combinations out there, how, exactly, can a plaid feel fresh? It just takes a little reading between the lines, if you will. We sat down with our design team to get the backstory on three of our new favorites. Continue reading

Photo Diary: How Anaak’s Handmade Sweaters Come Together in India


These days, it seems like you can get anything at the touch of a screen. And while we love the convenience, there’s something alluring about the things you can’t easily find. That’s initially how Anaak™ hooked us—the clothing brand often makes no more than 20 of any one piece. But there’s a reason: Founder Marissa Maximo sources her fabrics in Bolivia and India from artisans who make all their textiles by hand in small batches. It’s basically the opposite of getting anything on demand, but we’ll let her tell you more about that in her own words—and through the photos she shared with us from her travels (many of which can be found on her breathtaking Instagram feed).

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Show + Tell: Joyce Lee, Madewell’s Head of Design


Some of us take a winding path through life, dabbling before finding a niche. Others, well, they’re sort of born to do something and do it so naturally that it’s hard to tell where their work ends and their life starts. One example: Joyce Lee, our new head of design, whose sophisticated, relaxed style is a part of everything she does—from her design sketches to her home to her warm sense of humor. Sure, we see her every day—often in denim, occasionally in a jumpsuit—but we dropped by her Brooklyn apartment to learn just how she got to Madewell.

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8 Fall Rules to Dress By


No season elicits the same fervor as fall, and, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, there’s nothing better than the first brisk day that requires a cozy sweater, a woolly hat or a leather jacket (or all of them at once, for that matter). As we slip into that wonderful time between cover-nothing and cover-everything weather, we’re sharing 8 tips on how we like to pull our fall look together.

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The Grown-Up Way to Do Back to School: Our Exclusive Collection with The Cambridge Satchel Company


With fall on the horizon, we couldn’t help but get all nostalgic for our school bags of the past, the ones with sturdy leather, classic shapes and scholastic hardware. It’s a triple-threat combination for the perfect fall tote and, coincidentally, the hallmarks of The Cambridge Satchel Company®. That’s why we partnered up with the British brand on an exclusive collection of bags.

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