Studio Visit: J.Crew's Menswear Director Frank Muytjens

Meet the man who's played a pivotal role in shifting J.Crew's reputation from bland to bankable.

There's no reason why menswear can't be both high-quality and affordable. Or at least that's what J.Crew's menswear director, Frank Muytjens, thinks. Take, for example, his famed Ludlow suit. Launched in 2008, it became an instant sensation with its irresistible combination of flattering fit—"It's not too slim or skinny, just right," says Muytjens—and equally flattering price (under $1,000).

While his work is grounded in classic, wardrobe-building staples, Muytjens gets a kick out of seeing how everyday men make his basics look anything but. "I love spotting our designs on the street, and seeing what a guy does to make them uniquely his own."

Click "enlarge" to view the slideshow of our tour and interview with Muytjens, and follow him at @fmuytjens on Instagram

—Katie Chang is a writer and shopkeeper based in Brooklyn. Follow her at @katieshewrote.

Where do you see the brand in five years?
We're always dreaming. We'd love to open more stores internationally. And we're trying to get better every season by tweaking the classics. For example, we just came out with a new version of the Ludlow suit called the Traveler suit. It's still the same fit, but made of a fabric that has anti-stain properties and doesn't crease. It's all these little things that take us small steps forward.

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