You may remember from episode 41 of Just Shoot Me! (“How the Finch Stole Christmas”) that there is no man named J. Crew. Yeah, I’m citing that a reference and I’m doing no further research on the matter.
Maya Gallo: [Nina comes wearing casual wear] Nina, look at you!
Nina Van Horn: You’ll never guess who I met last night. J. Crew!
Maya Gallo: Huh?
Nina Van Horn: Yes, Maya, there is a J. Crew. And he helped me rediscover the true spirit of casual wear. I walked to work, and I was warm and comfortable in a way I haven’t felt since I was a little girl.
Maya Gallo: But…
Nina Van Horn: I know you don’t believe me, but J. Crew lives inside each and every one of us.
Maya Gallo: Nina, I called the company, and you were right. There is no J. Crew. There never was. He doesn’t exist.
Nina Van Horn: Then who the hell did I sleep with last night?
Of course there is a company called J. Crew. A rather big one – 12,000 employees, $1.5B in revenues, over 300 stores.
Remember J. Peterman from Seinfeld? He was Elaine’s boss and ran a clothing company based in New York that parodied J. Crew. The character was played by John O’Hurley.
Well there is a clothing company called The J. Peterman Company (although it’s based in Lexington, Kentucky, not New York City) and it was founded by a J. Peterman. Actor John O’Hurley is an investor in the company.