Utility reigns supreme in New York because there simply isn’t room for anything else. If an item
doesn’t do its job well and without complaint, it doesn’t deserve to be taking up precious closet space.
But utility is not enough. The city is a stage. You never know who may be in the audience, so
a little style and sophistication are essential.
JACK SPADE was founded in 1996 in a loft on Warren Street with the idea that useful items
could be both utilitarian and stylish. Living in downtown Manhattan, with space at a
premium, everything we owned needed to serve a purpose — or even better, multiple purposes.
We couldn’t find the kinds of products we had in mind. So we decided to make them.
We began with bags. They were fashionable and functional, designed for city life but appreciated by men
everywhere who refuse to choose between something that looks good and works well. Accessories
followed. Then a full line of clothing. We soon outgrew the loft on Warren Street, but we still challenge
ourselves today to create the kinds of simple, iconic products that would make sense there.