The crews appearing in the glossy pages of J. Crew catalogs are far from motley. The retailer is known for its preppy fashions, including jeans, khakis, and other basic (but pricey) items sold to young professionals through its catalogs, websites, and more than 500 retail and factory stores across the US under the J. Crew, and Madewell banners. Madewell is a women's-only collection of hip, casual clothes. Outside of the US, the retailer also boasts around 25 stores in Canada, London, Hong Kong, and Paris. Founded in 1983, J. Crew was taken private in 2011 by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.