Janie and Jack Online Store: Janie & Jack, the Clothes Pushers
Aug 3, 2004 (Updated Aug 4, 2004)
I had never heard of Janie and Jack until my bicoastal-living sister got my older son an outfit from their store for Christmas last year. Of course, that was only the beginning of a love affair that has been unrequited since March until just recently, when I finally justified my first purchase for a special outfit for my baby's first birthday portraits.
~&~ The Company ~&~
Janie and Jack might be a new name to some, but the clothing might be somewhat familiar, as this store is part of The Gymboree Corporation, also home to Gymboree.com and Gymboree Play & Music. The Janie and Jack Online Store and brick and mortar stores carry specialty gifts and clothing items for children size Preemie to 3T.
~&~ The Site ~&~
The Janie and Jack Online Store site has a somewhat similar layout to the Gymboree.com site, making it feel like home for any regular Gymboree.com shoppers. The site is clean and lean, with the bare minimum of text accompanying graphics.
The front page of the site changes regularly, featuring either a new collection or information about sales. At the top of the center section are links to the four sections of the site: Girl, Boy, Layette, and Gifts. A search function, account link, and direct link for gift certificates are all featured on the front page as well.
Entering any of the clothing sections brings you to a front page for that section, resembling the front page and featuring the newest collection as well as links to sale merchandise. Left sidebar navigation allows you to shop by collection (with notations for collections on sale) or by clothing category. The Janie and Jack Online Store also features put-together outfits to help you shop, letting you click each item individually to adjust sizing or omit it from the outfit. Pop-up size charts are available next to each item.
Gifts available at the Janie and Jack Online Store include cashmere items, silver gifts, and diaper bags. Gift packaging is complimentary for any purchases made at the Janie and Jack Online Store, and features a choice of two colors for packaging.
Shipping options include standard and express delivery to both domestic and international addresses. A shipping charges chart is available, and shipping is charged based on order total. All orders of $200.00 or more are shipped with signature required. Payment types accepted are American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and JCB.
~&~ My Shopping Experience ~&~
I kept checking back at the Janie and Jack Online Store waiting for the collection I wanted to go on sale. Once it did, I used the outfit ordering to put together the outfits that I wanted, and found it very easy to mix and match sizing while not leaving anything out, from hat to socks.
I placed my order for a sweater, shirt, shorts, hat, and socks for the baby and coordinating shirt and shorts for my older son at approximately midnight Thursday morning, and received immediate email confirmation that my order was received, followed by shipping confirmation later that day! My package then arrived the following Monday via FedEx Standard.
The items were individually bagged and packed in a box that was perfectly sized for the items. A notecard was included with a small blurb about Janie and Jack, and my receipt was in an envelope right underneath. The clothing was in ready-to-wear condition, which I always enjoy since it's less ironing!
~&~ Tips and Tricks ~&~
Since Janie and Jack is owned by the same parent corporation as Gymboree, there are some things to note.
One is that when Gymboree.com starts a sale, so does the Janie and Jack Online Store. I get more email notices from Gymboree, but as soon as I get a sale notice from them, I know that I can check out the Janie and Jack Online Store for sales as well.
The second thing to note is that the clothes are very similar in terms of style and quality. However, Janie and Jack usually leads the trends, while Gymboree follows them. Miss a cool collection at the Janie and Jack Online Store? Odds are a similar collection will appear later on at Gymboree. My sister purchased an outfit for my son for Christmas with a horse/cowboy theme, and sure enough, Gymboree just came out with a horse/cowboy theme.
The quality of the clothes from the Janie and Jack Online Store really does justify the price. The only thing that makes me sad is that they don't make clothes any bigger than a 3T. I hope they'll add sizing at some point, because I'd love some of their things for my daughter as well.
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