Exclusive Preview: Jack Spade Fall 2013

This entry (both text and photos) was contributed by Max Kaplan – New York-based social media manager, who, in my opinion, perfectly embodies the ethos of Jack Spade.ed.

While perusing Jack Spade‘s Fall 2013 collection, it’s easy to forget the brand’s beginnings as a maker of simple, waxed canvas bags. At the preview, I was in a (meticulously curated) sea of apparel and accessories that ranged from luxe suede weekenders to herringbone suiting. Even timepieces!

Taking a closer look, though, the evolution is clear: Every piece in the collection has the durability, sensibility and aesthetic that the signature fold-over messenger bags had when they exploded years ago.

Dan Lahkman, Director of Marketing for Jack Spade, walked me through the collection. There was much to see: The brand’s new watch line (this bad boy is calling my name for spring); outerwear in an array of shapes and colors; selvedge denim; and, of course, the bags.

The Fall 2013 collection draws inspiration from Charles and Ray Eames — think geometric shapes, primary colors and clean lines. While these principles have always been a part of the Jack Spade aesthetic, we now see them more than ever, carried through prints and colors. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the collection:

Geometric Prints
The classic Jack Spade tote was reimagined in geometric prints and bold colors, with the “big bird” print even appearing on a cozy wool sweater. I also had a moment with these navy patterned pants (I wanted to throw them on with a chambray shirt and orange belt and run for the hills).

Barbour x Jack Spade
Following in the footsteps of last fall’s successful collection, Jack will continue to liven up Barbour’s signature waxed cotton outerwear by swapping the traditional tartan lining for the brand’s signature orange.

Leather Goods
Take note, guys: This wallet is very important. Crafted in a supple brown leather, this horizontal fold-over style has been the go-to in Italy for years. It’s refined, elegant and the ultimate slap in the face to this.

Chronograph Watches
Jack’s watch collection will expand to include chronographs for fall (drool).

Outerwear
Two of my favorite pieces were a blazer made of raincoat material and a streamlined denim jacket. It’s all in the details: The blazer, made for rainy days, features a barely noticeable hole in the bottom of the breast pocket designed to drain water caught inside. The denim jacket — one of my favorites from any collection I’ve seen for its simplicity — has Jack’s signature orange wrapped around the inside of each button.

Suiting
The brand’s fall suiting, sold as separates for easy mixing and matching, features a gorgeous wool herringbone suit that will run you less than a thousand bucks.

Jack Spade Spring 2013 Lookbook

A little quirky, a whole lot of cool – Jack Spade’s spring 2013 lookbook features Josh Safdie, founder of Red Bucket Films and New York’s smallest museum. Just like the brand, Safdie is inspired by the extraordinary in the ostensibly ordinary, like the artistry of a rubber band or a homemade antenna. This curious quality makes him the perfect face for Jack Spade’s highly anticipated lookbook and print ads.