JACK SPADE’s Fall 2014 collection debuted last week in our inaugural New York Fashion Week presentation, held at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
For the collection, our designers drew inspiration from woodworkers Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, and Constantin Brâncuși — masters of the art of subtraction, three men with a knack for discovering the table or chair or spiral staircase waiting in a slab of wood.
We looked at classic materials with a modern eye and, like Esherick, Nakashima, and Brâncuși, applied countless judgements to our craft and construction. We pared down details, cleaned up the lines, and used reductive techniques like discharge printing, where the dye is removed from a fabric to produce a print.
Most importantly, we kept things functional as we’ve done since we made our first bags in a warehouse on Warren Street. As Esherick said when he saw a cigarette burn on a table he’d built: “Good, that shows it’s being used.”