All The Hustle Blog

Allow me this indulgence. J.Crew has been a staple in my life for going on close to two decades. More or less, since I was in college. It’s not the same store or brand it was back then.

When I first picked up one of their standard white t-shirts, there wouldn’t have been an article about its misguided prepster leanings. It was an upscale relaxed clothing line. It was where you went to get quality, comfortable shirts and cargo pants — or slacks — that allowed you to look put together. And they lasted a good while. You paid full-price about 90 percent of the time, but you knew what you were getting and you were happy to pay the price.

Fast forward through decisions about higher-quality materials, ill-conceived partnerships, and general style shift — and you have the J. Crew that exists today. The dresses still fit a little boxy for most women’s bodies. They have a comfortable line of shoes and handbags. Cargoes have been swapped out for capris — that are always a bit too waspy for my...

I spent my New Year’s Eve this year deep in conversation about the state of politics in the U.S., gender issues, and global tensions.

Naturally (for those who know me), it was a conversation in which I was speaking with a couple people who have opinions strongly opposed to my own. As we spoke, listened to each other, and tried to tease out common ground as well as unique experiences, I had a moment of clarity. My debating partners kept referencing the need for protection. To protect a country. A people. Loved ones. I nodded and took the opportunity to think through and articulate my context, which I’ve come to realize focuses on exchange rather than or much more strongly than protection.

I have been fortunate to hear about and witness my parents’ and friends’ many diverse struggles. Immigrating to different countries. Coming out. Building significant businesses in foreign countries - and in secondary or tertiary languages. I say I’m fortunate in this because these stories and being part...

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