We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a little shindig for Jack Spade’s Barbour capsule collection at the Oak Street store in Chicago this Thursday.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of both companies. We’ve featured them on The Midwestyle
before (below, you’ll see the Barbour Jeff was lucky enough to score at a shop in London, and we posted a roundup of Jack Spade totes
we were hungry for last year.)
On Jeff: Waxed “Bedale” jacket by Barbour, bought in London. Photo by Grant Heinlein.
The Jack Spade + Barbour collection.
The Jack Spade team visited Barbour’s headquarters on the English coast of the North Sea and thumbed through the archives to inspire this new collaboration, which includes two incredible jackets, a tote, a duffle, a briefcase, and a pocket messenger.
Word has it that the Hopper design is inspired by a British Marine Captain who sent in his beat-up Bedale jacket to have it reinforced with cordura nylon to put up with his hardy wearing. And being the anglophile that I am, I’m geeking out over these updated designs from the one of the select companies that outfits the Royal Family.
Jack Spade shares my obsession with goods that are just as sharp as they are usable. If a jacket is tricked out but doesn’t keep you warm and dry, what’s the point? On the other side of the coin, there’s no reason that function shouldn’t have beautiful form. This collection took forethought and creative thinking, and now that it’s finally here, it makes all the sense in the world. (In this gear, I can imagine hunting pheasants in dewy Missouri fields just as well as trudging across soggy British moors.)
So! Come by and have a drink with us. It’ll be an informal affair—and opportunity to connect over damn fine products from two damn fine companies.
6–8 p.m. // Thursday, Sept. 13
See you there!