Call It a Comeback: J.Crew Returns to Its Roots With the Heritage Collection

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In college, my favorite item of clothing was a chocolate-brown wool J.Crew roll-neck sweater, an item I’d borrowed (but never returned) from my still-bestie, who had, in turn, nipped it from her then-boyfriend. The year was 1994, and it was a single item that looked and felt great on all of us, pre-Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

I have no idea what happened to that sweater (my bestie likely stole it back), but when I heard last summer that J.Crew was reissuing its classic 1988 roll-neck, my heart admittedly skipped a nostalgic beat. To be honest, I never understood why the brand stopped making the roll-neck. But as J.Crew skewed away from Gen X staples in favor of upscale, preppy chic under the guidance of then-CEO Mickey Drexler and creative director/muse Jenna Lyons, the classic roll-neck—and many of its contemporaries—fell into the fashion archives.


But now it’s back, along with several other reissued J.Crew best-sellers from 1983 through 2011. They’re all part of the Heritage Collection, which launched Wednesday. Think old-school rugby shirts, khakis and that fantastically simple scoop-neck swimsuit from ’89—with a few contemporary updates. In short, it’s the stuff buppie dreams are made of ... albeit at a more mature price point than our college years. That once $48 roll-neck (which seemed expensive in college) is now $75, because ... inflation.

But looking at the reissued version, I found myself not only swept up in a wave of ’90s nostalgia but even a little grateful the winter temps are currently lingering into spring. I think I know exactly what to wear ... here’s hoping it fits like an old friend.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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Wait - a bathing suit that isn’t all weird straps, narrow in the crotch, plunging cleavage (both front and back), and high hip openings? A bathing suit you could actually swim in and not feel like you need to keep rearranging all day? WHAT MADNESS IS THIS? It’s like they think women might actually want to swim or something.

And I don’t need their rugbies...I still have the rugbies I bought at the Britches outlet in the early 90's. My husband stole one of them as soon as I moved in with him, and despite the fact he is rough as hell on clothes, it is still looking pretty good, surviving ~10 years of my careful wear and ~15 years of his abuse.