WHY TEAM MADEWELL (SERIOUSLY) LOVES SWEATER WEATHER

Not to get too warm and fuzzy here, but we’re pretty excited for sweater weather (and all the fun fall to-dos that come along with it). So we asked Team Madewell members near and far to share what they’re getting up to now that the temps are cooling down. Think everything from embracing turtleneck hair to perfect-pumpkin hunting.

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LADIES WE LOVE: PASTRY CHEF AYAKO KUROKAWA

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One of our favorite NYC secrets is Burrow, a tiny, charming patisserie tucked away in a nondescript building off the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. And one of our favorite NYC ladies is Ayako Kurokawa, the pastry chef (or pastry artist really, but she prefers a more modest title) behind every mouth-watering, eye-catching treat made there. We visited her on a weekday afternoon just after closing up shop to talk about, among other things, David Bowie, favorite desserts and a very special grandmother.
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The “Je Ne Sais Quoi” of 4 Iconic French Pieces

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That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.

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Noticed: Sweaters and Untucked Button-Downs

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We lived in super-lightweight shirts and tanks last summer, loving their practical breeziness and the decidedly less practical occasional flash of skin. But those are precisely the things we’re now trying to avoid—and with cooler temperatures come more layers and, with them, layering tricks.

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