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Barack Obama Wears J.Crew to Inaugural Ball

OBAMA FURNISHES HIS TUXEDO WITH A J.CREW WHITE SATIN BOW TIE

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- President Barack Obama chose to wear a J.Crew white satin bow tie with his classic tuxedo to all the Inaugural Balls last night. Barack joins his family, including Michelle, Malia and Sasha in his decision to wear custom pieces from our J.Crew collection for this historic day and celebration.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this historic event," says Frank Muytjens, V.P. of Men's Design. "The President's decision to wear a J.Crew bow tie is an honor for everyone at J.Crew. He is such an icon."

The bow tie was created specifically for Barack and was made from 100% Italian silk satin. The luxury of the silk gave it a fuller body and a sophisticated sheen. To ensure easy adjustments and to give the bow tie a streamlined look, a hook and bar system was added instead of a buttons. A J.Crew "COLLECTION" tag was also added for an extra custom touch. The exact bow tie Barack wore is not available for sale, but a similar style will be available for Fall 2009. Currently, J.Crew offers a black satin version online.

J.Crew Group, Inc. is a nationally recognized multi-channel retailer of men's, women's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. The Company operates 218 retail stores, 74 factory stores, the J.Crew catalog business, and jcrew.com. Additionally, certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company's website www.jcrew.com.

Certain statements about future store openings are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and may differ significantly from current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the availability of suitable store locations and other factors that are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings made with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE J.Crew

CONTACT: Heather McAuliffe of J.Crew, +1-212-209-2611, or
heather.mcauliffe@jcrew.com
Web Site: http://www.jcrew.com
(JCG)

Certain statements herein are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company's goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.