Yes J. Crew Cane: Beauty is in the Eye of the Cane Holder

Posted on April 8, 2014

Before reading any further, please consider signing the #YesJCrewCane Petition. And then you can read on.

Dear J. Crew,

You canNOT imagine the excitement I felt when I saw you brought back a swimsuit at the request of NYMag’s The Cut. “Your wish is my command”?!? Oh, it’s my wish, alright! The only thing I’m not sure of is whether you’ll find my wish to be within reason. But I’m going to give it my all!

J. Crew beauty swimsuit

I rely on my cane for the same reason that I wear my glasses. I have a Neuropathy that affects many parts of my body, all in different and unusual ways. Two of the ways I am affected by this Neuropathy just happen to be very visible; the way I walk and the way I see. I require assistive devices for these two symptoms. I just can’t help but notice that my cane gets a lot more attention than my glasses.

beauty of a purple cane

I believe my cane was the reason a large man once approached me on the street, put his hands on my shoulders, and said ‘I heal you’. My cane is the reason I have made up elaborate stories about fights I have gotten in or cliffs I have fallen from. People are uncomfortable, because using a cane carries a stigma.

Don’t get me wrong though, my cane is also the reason I have encountered endless kindnesses, sweet moments, and knowing glances. Perhaps my cane doesn’t just say something about me. Perhaps it says something about you too.

I’m wondering how someone with a cane would be perceived if their cane suddenly became a coveted accessory. Cane users are people of all shapes, sizes and ages; why not include our need in your ‘In Good Company’ collection? I took a few liberties with your catalog to test this idea out. I hope you don’t mind.

J. Crew Model Beauty with Cane

What do you think? To me, these beautiful models don’t look broken. They still look strong. And smart. And beautiful. And distinguished.

Would you ever tell these models to feel better?

J. Crew Model Glasses

Or would you just say ‘nice glasses, where’d you get them’?

I would love to see you take a look at canes as a functional accessory instead of as a dreary medical device. I believe it’s finally time for canes to get as much attention in the marketplace as I get when I’m using mine. And maybe this visibility will give others the confidence to wield their cane proudly. Because, to me, beauty is in the eyes of the cane-holder.

Thanks again for listening.


P.S. Your Mougin & Piquard watches are beautiful. But have you seen this beautiful and inclusive watch for blind and/or stylish people?

Inclusive Watch Yes J. Crew Cane

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Red April 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm


  2. Alaina April 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Liz–

    I love these posts 🙂

    Can I have an email address where I can ask you a question about this petition?


  3. Megan April 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    nailed it

  4. Suzanne Bartlett April 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Love……… 🙂

  5. Clare April 9, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Love this post 🙂

    I was thinking how once upon a time canes were fashionable and how singlehandedly Liz you are bringing it back.

  6. Anna Baratelle April 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    As usual your post made me smile and respect you even more!

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