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Madewell 1937 Opens First Shop at NorthPark Center, Dallas

August 22, 2006 at 6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- J.Crew Group Inc. (NYSE: JCG) opens its first Madewell shop today, Tuesday August 22, 2006 at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas. Inspired by the New Bedford, Massachusetts workwear company founded in 1937, Madewell is a collection of real, honest women's clothes that speak for themselves: not too trendy, not too girly, just cool clothes infused with a modern upbeat attitude. It's an edgy take on casual with a few vintage details and a modern twist.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060822/NYTU030 )

Millard Drexler, J. Crew Group Chairman and CEO, who acquired the Madewell name just before joining J. Crew in 2003, says "Madewell started as a fun, stimulating idea that has grown into an assortment of great clothes that look good now and will look good in five years. At the end of the day, it's about great style, design, product and attitude."

The line features coveted pieces such as the perfect tee shirt, sexy chinos, and washed "boyfriend" shirts you can belt over jeans. Madewell gives special attention to details and washes with the intention that you don't have to wash anything five times to make it feel soft and worn because its already been done for you. The assortment of tees, jeans, fleece, shirts and accessories will cater to the hip twenty and thirty somethings looking for those "works with everything" items.

Madewell has also created exclusive partnerships with a hand-selected group of designers including Philip Crangi, a New York City jewelry designer, and Havaianas, the famous Brazilian flip flop created in 1962.

There are two Madewell shops opening this fall: the first in NorthPark, Dallas on August 22nd, and the second in Century City, Los Angeles on September 2nd. A third location will be announced later in the year. Madewell1937.com will launch at the end of August with an assortment of looks available for purchase through an 800 number.

                                   Madewell
                               NorthPark Center
                  8687 North Central Expressway, Space 2124
                              Dallas, TX  75225
                               Ph. 214-363-5414

For more information, images, to request an interview, or to discuss a TV opportunity, please call Heather McAuliffe, (ph) 212-209-2611, (fx) 212-209- 2501, or email Heather.mcauliffe@jcrew.com

Certain statements about future store openings are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and may differ significantly from current expectations. Any such forward- looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the availability of suitable store locations and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings made with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE J.Crew Group Inc.
CONTACT: Margot Brunelle or Heather McAuliffe, +1-212-209-2611

Certain statements herein are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company's goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.