Tune in to J.Crew Documentary This Thursday

New York–Want to learn more about J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler and how he turned around a stale specialty chain into a coveted retailer with a 2011 profit of $1.9 billion?

Tune into “J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America,” premiering on CNBC this Thursday, May 24 at 10 p.m. (EDT)

The hour-long documentary follows the extremely detail oriented and hands-on (many say obsessive) CEO. Footage shows his involvement both on a macro level (working on international retail expansions) to micro (approving shirt buttons).

CNBC reporter David Farber and J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

“The world needs more micromanagers these days,” Drexler says to CNBC reporter David Farber.

Farber, who interviewed Drexler for the hour-long documentary calls him “one of the more interesting characters in retail.” Vogue editor Anna Wintour expounds on his influence, as does president and creative director Jenna Lyons.

The documentary tails Drexler from a retail selling floor to an Italian factory to his Hamptons home. Viewers will also see behind the scenes at the J.Crew Catalog shoot and the in-office process of which merchandise makes the cut for the season.

His management style is certainly unique (he installed a loudspeaker to broadcast to every room of the 290,000-square-foot headquarters,  so he can offer words of wisdom, request opinions on a catalog cover and just be extremely involved.

And as Wintour says: “J.Crew is a force to be reckoned with, and anyone who tells you otherwise is insane.”

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.