In the States, the company Jack Spade have already built up a reputation of producing well made, stylish and functional basics and although we may not have heard that much of them over here, we soon will do. They are launching a new European store in London this week and will be delivering goods such as messenger bags, trench coats, shirts and watches nationwide. The company was formed by Andy Spade and his wife Kate and was based in their loft apartment in lower Manhatten. Their inspiration for Jack Spade was simple, to manufacture bags that were not considered boring but not overtly precious either.
They both believed that bags could be utilitarian and stylish and began to make messenger bags out of waxed cotton and heavy canvas. They made sure that the design was straightforward and functional and used materials that were timeless and long-lasting. As they wanted feedback on the durability of the bags, it occurred to them to sell the bags to people who use utility bags in their work. Therefore, the first Jack Spade bag was sold to a hardware store in 1997, and so it began. In 1999, Jack Spade opened their first store at 56 Greene Street in SoHo. The concept was travel bags, trench coats and general merchandise.
It was a modern haberdashery mixing found furniture, model rockets, vintage Playboys and classic products: Levi’s 501 jeans, Timex military watches, Lacoste tennis shirts and Mackintosh raincoats. Over time, Jack Spade took their reputation for well-made, functional and stylish products and applied it to clothing. They returned to the aesthetic of simple, purposeful design and sourced the best materials that improve with age and gain character with time, just like their bags. From the humble beginnings of working out of their loft space, today Jack Spade has 7 stores in the US and can be found situated in top department stores and speciality shops worldwide. The new London store is located at Jack Spade London, 83 Brewer St., London W1F9UX. In the meantime, here are a few items to give you a heads up of what sort of things they sell.
Waxed Linen Saddle Messenger – $350
This Waxed Linen Saddle Messenger Bag is detailed with pebbled leather trim, and custom die-cast Jack Spade hardware including dual buckle straps. The bag’s interior features multiple organizing pockets and a durable 12-ounce natural canvas lining. The waxed linen body material is lightweight and casual, while offering excellent water and abrasion resistance. waxed linen. Features buckle closure, custom die-cast antique brass hardware, exterior document pocket, two pouch pockets, interior organizing pockets, tank canvas lining and adjustable shoulder strap. Measurements are: 10.1″h x 13.3″w x 2.9″d.
Scottsdale Bill Holder – $150
This Scottsdale Bill Holder is crafted from fine-grain calfskin leather, and printed with a vintage found postcard design from “The West’s Most Western Town”. The everyday wallet features six credit card slots, two pocket sleeves, currency pocket, and a cotton twill lining. smooth cowhide leather. Features six interior card sleeves and top loading currency pocket. Measurements are: 3.5″h x 3.9″w.
Charles 3-Button Sportcoat – $395
This Charles 3-Button Sportcoat is constructed from a rugged twill cotton that wears in nicely. Details include three front patch pockets, single back vent, and classic casual tailoring. 100% cotton twill. Features horn buttons, chest patch pocket, two hand patch pockets, single back vent, is unlined. Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Mill Leather Davis BriefCase – $425
This Mill Leather Davis Brief is a practical, sophisticated briefcase. Crafted from soft cowhide leather, the bag is detailed with custom die-cast Jack Spade hardware and a green herringbone lining. Functional features include exterior pockets and a removable shoulder strap. The leather body material develops a rich patina with age and use, so the Davis Brief just keeps getting better. soft cowhide leather. Features zipper closure, custom die-cast brushed nickel hardware, interior zipper pocket, slide organizing pockets, herringbone print cotton lining, comfortably fits 15″ laptop, adjustable removable shoulder strap. Measurements are: 11.7″ h x 16″ w x 2.7″ d.
Charlie Coal Bag – $245
This Charlie Coal Bag is a utilitarian carry-all constructed from heavyweight 24-ounce canvas. It features custom Jack Spade rivets, Waxwear trim, and a removable shoulder strap. The bag’s printed design is inspired by the universal maritime language of signal flags, used by ships to communicate. Hoisting the Charlie flag means Yes. Made from industrial canvas and featuring an interior collar and riveted seams, custom die-cast brushed nickel hardware with interior zipper hanging pocket, unlined with adjustable removable shoulder strap. Measurements are: 13.7″h x 15.6″w x 6.2″d.
Cigarette Scarf – was $125 now $81.25
Our Nestor Scarf is an essential accessory for the cold winter months. For all you smokers or even non smokers out there. Inspired by the sight of smokers outside office buildings in the winter. Mde from the softest merino wool.