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Shopping: Jack Spade opens Venice branch

The New York retailer finds a beachside California location a congenial fit for its classic menswear.

May 02, 2010|By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Jack Spade is the latest New York native to move into a beach bungalow on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Jack Spade, the men's counterpart to women's bag maker Kate Spade, was founded by Kate's husband Andy in 1999. The couple sold their shares of the company in 2006, and both brands are owned by Liz Claiborne. Jack Spade has evolved from a core collection of heavy-duty carryalls made of heavy canvas and Waxwear treated cotton to a young men's clothing line rooted in the classics — Oxford shirts, chinos, polos and trenches.

Jack Spade's all-white Craftsman beach bungalow in Venice, formerly a Kangol retailer, resembles a swingin' 1960s bachelor pad with an abstract painting hanging over the mantle of a decorative fireplace and framed John Baldessari prints decorating a side wall. Shop furnishings are all midcentury antique store finds. The Los Angeles location is the third stand-alone Jack Spade store; two are in New York.

Cuan Hanly, New York-based vice president and general manager of the Jack Spade brand, targeted the burgeoning beachside thoroughfare because the neighborhood had the ideal Jack Spade customer — in spades. "Abbot Kinney appealed to us — it felt like our brand — it's an artistic community, lots of architects," Hanly says.

Half of the 650-square-foot bungalow is devoted to accessories. The core carryall collection is arranged around a large bay window. New totes include a canvas "coal" bag ($195) dipped in paint. Another seasonal find is an untanned leather coal bag ($195) and matching wallet ($110) embossed with the saying "no tan lines." Other items include key clips (starting at $35) and plaid cloth wallets (starting at $50).

The adjoining long room showcases summer gear, such as gingham short-sleeve shirts ($145), candy-striped shorts ($135), the Blainville chino pant ($145) and the Driskill unlined lightweight sport coat ($450).

Gift items found throughout the store include a $95 barbecue apron with "Pop" embroidered in the front, cards that read "nice parking" to place on errantly parked vehicles ($15) and rear-view mirror dice ($48). To really fit into the Venice 'hood, dog leads and toys are also sold.

In summer, Jack Spade, like its New York counterparts, plans to sell restored vintage bikes ($300) on its front porch.

1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 396-3781. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

http://www.jackspade.com

OPENING

Prada Sunday: The Milanese luxury brand opens a 5,000-square-foot, full-collection flagship boutique in South Coast Plaza this weekend. Prada South Coast will carry exclusives such as three handbags in tropical floral prints ($710 each) along with the Prints capsule collection, which hits stores this month.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 338-2200. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

http://www.prada.com

EVENTS

"Motherhood Begins Now" Sunday: Celebrate motherhood and Mother Earth at this family-oriented festival to kick off Pregnancy Awareness Month at TreePeople in Coldwater Canyon Park, hosted by Anna Getty, Ricki Lake, Josie Maran and Catherine McCord. The festivities include a performance by Creed's Scott Stapp plus a maternity fashion show, mommy lounge and seed planting for kids. Free parking and shuttle available at Harvard-Westlake School, 3700 Coldwater Canyon Drive, Studio City.

12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills. 12:30 to 4 p.m.

http://www.pregnancyawarenessmonth.com

The Wedding Salon Monday: Bridal event at the London Hotel features celebrity-wedding planners, bakers and dressmakers. Some vendors to seek out include R-Mine Bridal's Marchesa and custom gowns, Revelry Event Designers table displays and complimentary makeovers from Gabriel Almodovar. Complimentary tastings and cocktails served. Admission is $50 for you and a guest. Register online at http://www.weddingsalon.com.

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (212) 631-7777. 4 to 9 p.m.

http://www.weddingsalon.com

"Bump It Up" Tuesday: Amy Tara Koch launches "Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy Into the Ultimate Style Statement," with a book-signing soiree hosted by Shannan Swanson and Liane Weintraub, founders of Tastybaby organic frozen baby food, and sponsors Baby Bjorn, Pampers and others. "Bump It Up" gives expectant moms style advice from designers Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg and Isaac Mizrahi. Guests can expect treatments by Bliss Spa and Mama Mio along with raffles, gift bags and Sprinkles cupcakes. RSVP by calling (323) 951-9777, Ext. 313.

Wet at W Los Angeles, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 951-9777, Ext. 313. 6 to 8 p.m.

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