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…
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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.