By Joshua Langston

The IAC Building played backdrop to Jack Spade’s sophomore menswear collection for SS15. The venue was complete with LED backdrops with moving imagery along them. The collection “explores interactions of colour and its ability, through careful application, to lend sophistication and harmony”. For SS15 Jack Spade celebrated many versions of weekend dressing. From bright polos and chinos with sweaters tied around the neck, to sweatshorts and blazers (A look we have seen in several mens collections this season), there was a repose to the collection as a whole. Contrasting it to the FW14 collection that we loved, there was much more colour and some really bold prints rounding out the offerings.  I was enamoured with the printed suiting right at my first glance. The floral printed suit made a daring statement, but gained approachability in the overall styling by finishing the look off with a pair of Adidas “Stan Smith” tennis shoes. The outerwear was just as impressive this season as it was for FW14, including camo printed anoraks, blazers and trench coats. A lot of the coats this season were done in a technical packable nylon, making it not only lightweight, but easy to roll up and put into your bag.

When it comes to Jack Spade it would be impossible to not mention what they are known for, their bags. The designs remained quite sleek on the outisde, but the interiors were created to exceed expectations in regards to utility and function. There were several styles to choose from, including fantastic larger “weekender” bags (Which is nearly impossible to find ones as stylish as these), to laptop briefcases in leather and camo, as well as a bag to hold your ping pong paddle set. My favourites were the navy “grid” printed bags which were a collaboration with Artist Ian Hundley. The inspiration behind the print was taken from aerial street maps of NYC, and the abstract take on this inspiration worked well with the rest of the collection.

It’s remarkable what the team at Jack Spade has been able to accomplish with now only two full menswear apparel collections behind them, but I’m certain we will be seeing even more growth in the seasons to come.

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“I see a lot of guys on the streets mixing their sport gear with their work clothes. Ultimately, the collection is about ‘urban utility’ so you can look good in transitional moments, like when you are in between work and running to or from the gym and then out to meet friends.”- said design director,  Todd Magill


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