To some, J.Crew’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was met with a resounding, “Who cares?” Even still, J.Crew’s current standing belies the important role that the brand once played in dressing Americans. Known today for its financial woes, bland mall outposts and deeply discounted outlets, J.Crew was once one of the most influential brands in American fashion. Not only did J.Crew dress generations—it educated them, too.

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