2011 March 30
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Ready for another dose of chit chat with J.Crew's design masterminds? Here's all you never knew you wanted to know about Frank Muytjens, head of men's design. Chic learned that the Netherlands native has found "THE pair" of glasses, and pines for a simpler era. And check out our Gallery for images of J.Crew's fall collection for men!
What's going on with the J.Crew man for fall?
We wanted to keep everything quite sturdy. Guys react to that very well. We wanted to take those workman fabrics and putting them up in suits and slim pants. Our color palette is always guy friendly, so it's austere but we manage to have fun at the same time.
What's the story behind your glasses?
They're Sol Moscot. This frame style is called the Nebb. I've been wearing them for five years. It's such an easy pair of glasses now, I guess I've found my default and I don't have to look for anything else.
What are you reading right now?
Keith Richards' biography. It's pretty good, and it's great to be thrown back into the '60s and '70s.
What's missing in modern culture compared with the '60s or '70s?
I think we're over-culturing ourselves! We've got way too much going on, with all the social networks and everything. Sometimes, I really long for simpler times, when people were writing letters.
Do you use Facebook, despite your qualms about social networks?
Yes, I do. It's great for keeping in touch with all of my friends back in Amsterdam.
What aspect of Dutch culture are you fondest of?
Rembrandt and other Dutch masters will always be close to my heart.
Speaking of Amsterdam's greatest hits, are you a herring fan?
No, I'm not. I've never liked herring. I wish I could say that was my go-to thing, though.
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