Filed under: Architecture & Design
Boast, the iconic, exclusive polo shirt brand founded in 1973 by Bill St. John, the tennis pro at Greenwich, Connecticut's famed Field Club, is being relaunched this month with a modern spin. Boast polos, featuring the notorious Japanese Maple leaf logo which many assumed to be a pot leaf, were originally sold only by Saint John from the back of his station wagon at country clubs across the Northeast. He designed the shirts in homage to the rebellious tennis stars of the day like John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, the intentional pot leaf confusion adding a subversive touch.
Now John Dowling and Alexander Tiger, major racquet sports devotees and longtime fans of Boast, have revived the brand and updated the fabric and fit of the shirts, and are making them available outside country club pro shops for the first time. Dowling and Tiger have brought in Jack Spade designer Andy Spade's creative studio Partners & Spade to help breathe new life into the brand. The super soft and durable Boast pique cotton polo, offered in a range of colors in a classic ﬁt, is now available for $68 via BoastUSA.com. There's also a beautifully hand-tailored navy blazer with eye-catching details for $1,200.
Gallery: Boast Reborn
Last month we told you about Take Ivy, the coveted style tome showcasing snapshots of classic Ivy League style from the 1960s being re-issued for the first time ever in the U.S. Now style maven Jack Spade is offering the iconic volume equipped with a K-Swiss x Jack Spade collaboration package featuring an old-school sweatshirt with preppy elbow patches and a retro leather belt for $245. The sweatshirt is a heavy gauge crewneck – just like the retro gym sweatshirts from the '60s. For a preppy flair, the designers silk screened orange patches on to the elbows; on one of the patches is the K-Swiss 1966 shield and "Jack Spade/Warren Street/New York" to note the brands' heritage and the collaboration. The belt was designed to complete the retro look and is modeled after a custom bridle leather book strap, artfully cinched around the book.
Gallery: Take Ivy: Jack Spade x K-Swiss
Ah, another Jack Spade bag that I'm lusting over. The Dipped Industrial Canvas Tote ($97.50) makes me want to pack for the beach. Even though this candy-colored tote screams summer fun at the beach, I'm sure the designer did not create this solely for the beach. Especially since it's made from canvas and dipped in rubber latex for ultimate durability. So while lugging all your beach essentials would be a piece of cake for the Industrial Tote, you could use this bag for anything and it would last a lifetime. Use for overnight or weekend trips, a day at the park, work, or if you are an oversized bag fanatic like me, wear as your summer handbag.
Keeping with the essence of Jack Spade style, it is minimally adorned with just the company's tag. What sets this bag off is its adventurous colorway. View their other options here, if you in the market for something subtle. Dimensions: 16" x 7" x 14".
Jack Spade bags are timeless. Their designs are classic with a slight twist (usually a pop of color) that immediately catches your eye. In the case of their Drill Slim Turnpike Briefcase ($395) , it's an unusual shape. One side has a curved edge while the other has a straight edge. It's this small but noticeable feature that makes me constantly stare at this bag. It almost makes the briefcase seem unbalanced but somehow it works. It's completely unexpected which makes me like the Drill Slim Turnpike Briefcase even more. I love when a designer can produce something unexpected that I end up loving.
The Drill Slim Briefcase is made from nylon and polyurethane making it waterproof, durable and resistant to those annoying scratches that I never seem to know where they've come from. It features a chocolate leather trim, a top zip closure and is quite roomy inside along with several interior and several exterior pockets for your smaller items. My husband fits his laptop, files, and magazines with room to spare. There is also a detachable shoulder strap if you'd rather not carry your briefcase.
Just in time for Father's Day, Richard Christiansen, advertising guru and founder of New York's Chandelier Creative, has collaborated with Andy Spade's acclaimed design studio Partners & Spade to create the ultimate toy for boys – a five piece, 24 karat gold, limited edition toy soldier set. Comprised of an embossed incandescent gold box with a fitted case for five individually crafted soldiers, it's being produced in a limited edition of 100. Each soldier is handmade, individually capturing a slightly different look and feel, so no two will be exactly the same. They are all engaged in various activities – some are marching, some are standing guard, and others are taking pictures. Accompanying the soldiers are four different props, also 24 karat gold, ranging from a chiseled brick wall and barrel that provide a safe place for cover, to a pile of debris. The limited edition sets will be available to purchase exclusively at Partner's & Spade in NYC beginning Saturday at $500.00 apiece.
The Prison Key Rings from Jack Spade are the sort of thing you give, as a gift, to people who already have absolutely everything or just like to collect oddities. The handbraided horsehair knot tassels are made by inmates in a Montana prison. Each is threaded onto a 1.5" ring engraved with the Jack Spade logo. The tassels are 5" long and are available in a variety of colors, although you don't get to pick which color yours will be. Price: $75.
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Jack Spade has come out with a lovely little accessory in the form of this leather matchbook cover. While it is does not have the flashiest design, nor the largest, the cover is made from hand-tanned leather and has the foil-stamped word "fire" on the front, as well as the designer's name on the back. It comes with a book of Japanese matches and makes a great alternative to a bulky lighter for those who like to keep fire at their fingertips. Price: $10.
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Jack Spade is the male counterpart to the heavily female-centric line from designer Kate Spade. The Pi Keychain could certainly appeal to anyone, regardless of gender. The ring and the key on it, which is un-filed, are both made of sterling silver and the ring is engraved with the first twenty-one digits of the number pi: 3.14159265358979323846. It is a subtly flashy keychain, perfect for those who don't like to have unnecessarily large things dangling with they keys. Price: $90.