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StudioTour:JessBrown,Doll-maker

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J.Crew We believe that great style begins with great design—and probably a great cup of coffee too.
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Studio Tour: Jess Brown, Doll-maker


Jess Brown started creating her one-of-a-kind rag dolls with her own children in mind: “I wanted to give them something totally handmade with a bit of sophistication and style.” Fifteen years later, she’s gained a cult following, creating up to 100 dolls a week. And one of her biggest fans happens to be Jenna, who became so obsessed that she asked to collaborate on a collection just for crewcuts. We stopped by Jess’s studio in Northern California to see how she brings her dolls to life…


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“I try to keep the dolls I design current but not trendy. I’m 
always inspired by antique dolls that have simple lines and still feel relevant.”


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“I love working with really great materials—linen, organic cottons, cashmere, silk and antique fabrics. I take a lot of time with each one and treat the whole process as though I’m making them for my own children.”


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“Stitching the face makes me really happy. It really is the defining part of the doll.”


Shop Jess Brown® for crewcuts dolls here


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J.Crew
We believe that great style begins with great design—and probably a great cup of coffee too.

J.Crew debuted in 1983 with the mailing of its first catalog. Six years later, we opened a flagship store at New York's South Street Seaport. Today, the business includes retail and outlet stores nationwide and an ever-growing online and catalog business.

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