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“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
— Maurice Sendak
Selima Optique for Jack Spade
We have collaborated with Selima Optique to produce some amazing sunglasses. They are handcrafted in France exclusively for Jack Spade.
To celebrate their release yesterday, we had a party at our Greene Street store with drinks courtesy of New York Distilling Company, and a Paris & NYC photo extravaganza. Enjoy!
Above: Cuan Hanly & Selima Salaun
Rancourt for Jack Spade
Last month, our design team visited Rancourt & Co. in Lewiston, Maine, to develop our third collection of exclusive handmade boots and shoes for Jack Spade stores. It was a great trip, and we were able to take some pictures to share with you.
Kyle Rancourt walked us through the factory where Rancourt & Co. has been crafting shoes since 1964. It was inspiring to see such an intimate, hands on production process happening right here in the USA. Kyle’s dog, Rudy, even helped us pick some new suede colors for our summer boaters!
The Murphy Work Boots is available now on our website, and look for more exclusive Rancourt & Co. styles in Jack Spade stores and online
Theaster Gates: Featured Artist of the 2012 Armory Show
Theaster Gates is knocking down walls, tearing out floorboards, and proving that art can change the world.
Gates is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation, whose mission is to transform abandoned buildings into much-needed community spaces. Along the way, the foundation creates bridges between the contemporary art world and the physical reality of American cities.
The idea began in Chicago, when Gates renovated a Southside building to be his studio. As the project evolved, a radical new vision emerged: Theaster would buy the house next door and transform it into a neighborhood arts space. Today the Dorchester House is the home of an architecture library, the Dr. Wax Archive of 8,000 blues and soul records, and an urban garden workshop.
Rebuild Foundation applies this same model to neglected neighborhoods across the country from St. Louis to Omaha.
Step 1 Buy abandoned real estate that has character and history.
Step 2 Enlist local artists and community leaders.
Step 3 Train local workers, and use recycled materials to transform abandoned buildings into vibrant public arts spaces.
Theaster takes the raw materials produced by these gut renovations, and uses them to create installation pieces, like his series of shoe shine chairs. Look for Gates’ work at the 2012 Armory Show, where he is the commissioned artist creating a visual identity for this year’s fair.
To celebrate the 2012 Armory Show, we partnered with Mr. Gates to create an exclusive Dipped Coal Bag. Photos via Rebuild Foundation and the Kavi Gupta Gallery.