I do like the new fabrications at Jack Spade, expecially now that they have started to use bridle leather in their collections. However, I find that a lot of their products are either plain boring or just a little off, sometimes both at the same time. I can see the boring, Greene Street line stuff selling to a main floor customer, and they are priced accordingly, but I don't see the point in making the body of a smallish, map case inspired messenger in the Warren Street line (which is already less masculine looking than say, a larger, mailbag inspired messenger,) with a 2 tone combination of tan bridle leather and offwhite canvas. Wouldn't having the strap in the contrasting material be enough? The Engineered Garments stuff is not quite as sturdy (although it nevertheless *is* sturdy,) but is much more interesting, imo. Personally, I like the Varvatos bags from his first 2 seasons a lot better, even though they are about 50% more expensive. It would be interesting to see what samples Mark did for Jack Spade though. And shirts. I imagine that a Jack Spade shirt would be not disimilar to a Steve Alan shirt. Were they?