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post #1 of 12
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Does anyone have any thoughts about Jack Spade's new menswear line? I saw it in the Bleeker St. store last night and I really liked the sport coat. It's not groundbreaking stuff (like a refined LL Bean), but I think the fit is excellent.

Link with pictures:

http://www.acquiremag.com/style/clot...-fall-2009.php
post #2 of 12
Looks like another generic menswear line...
post #3 of 12
Jcrew with 2 times the retail
post #4 of 12
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Looks like another generic menswear line...

This. They had some nice, unremarkable dark grey flannel (?) button-downs there, but nothing to get overly excited about. Slim fitting prep basics that are otherwise fairly run of the mill. Might buy it if it dropped to desperation pricing.
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Jcrew with 2 times the retail

Quoted for the absolute truth. Actually, J.Crew is a lot more creative than this. They should have thought to hire a menswear designer.
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Quoted for the absolute truth. Actually, J.Crew is a lot more creative than this. They should have thought to hire a menswear designer.

To the best of my knowledge, the menswear designer for Jack Spade is Cuan Hanly, who worked at Paul Smith for a long time. Did he only do womens stuff there?
post #7 of 12
i get 40% off anything in this store through hookups, too bad i used to get it for free... woulda kopped @ free if they had this stuff 1-2 yyears ago
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post
Quoted for the absolute truth. Actually, J.Crew is a lot more creative than this. They should have thought to hire a menswear designer.

For those who dislike it (other than purely the way it appears in photos), how do you make that determination? I would think people would have to have actual experience with it (see it in person, feel the material, pay close attention to how it is sewn, etc.) before making a genuine evaluation of it. The same goes for thinking that it might be the greatest thing. Just curious.
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For those who dislike it (other than purely the way it appears in photos), how do you make that determination? I would think people would have to have actual experience with it (see it in person, feel the material, pay close attention to how it is sewn, etc.) before making a genuine evaluation of it. The same goes for thinking that it might be the greatest thing. Just curious.

Admittedly, I know nothing about this line other than what I've seen in the photos. However, from what I've seen in the photos, it looks a lot like Jack Spade, which is to say that it is serviceable and boring. There is not a single piece in that collection that jumps out at me. If the fit is good, and the materials and prices decent, and I needed something for an interview, I might take a look. Otherwise, I would probably feel the same way that I do about the bags, which is that for around the same price, there are better options (waxed cotton? Get Krane. Leather? Get a Ralph Lauren bag.)
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Jcrew with 2 times the retail

Was at the Pop Up Shop at Apartment #9 today in L.A.

I ended up buying a blue stripe oxford which I think has a better, more slim fit than J.Crew. But truth be told, the shirt really isn't much better than a $60 J.Crew Oxford, though the Jack Spade one cost $145. Oh well, I like it.

Had some real nice wool trousers and amazing cashmere sweaters too.
post #11 of 12
Well, I hate when people take staples and ruin them with baubles and stuff, so I think Jack Spade did a good job staying true to their brand. With that being said, I personally like the collection (which means I'm not comparing it to other brands).
post #12 of 12
They just opened up a new shop on Abbot Kinney here in Venice. Friday was a big launch party where they were handing out 20% off coupons. They're apparently also having a ping-pong tournament.

I looked at the clothes. They all looked decent; stuff I would wear, styles I liked. I then looked at the price tags and thought, "Gee, this all must be fairly good."

But it isn't.

Upon further inspection, everything is made in China. As a result, in the entire shop -- which was admittedly small -- I couldn't find a single item of clothing that made sense for the prices they were asking. I honestly cannot work out what is going on in there.

I like J. Crew, and I like Jack Spade. But if you're going to buy mass-market goods made in China, then J. Crew's prices make sense.

Jack Spade's don't.
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