August 20 2014

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Spade Returns, Sleepily


The lovable louche lives. His wardrobe is his pj’s. “I was looking at old magazines and pictures of all these great artists, like David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and my friend Glenn O’Brien, who is always walking around in pajamas,” said Andy Spade this week. The look isn’t new—Julian Schnabel is its acknowledged philosopher king—but it’s lately been catching on, for women as well as for men. So Spade and his partner in Partners & Spade, Anthony Sperduti, decided to do something about it. In his first full-scale fashion outing since Spade launched Kate Spade and Jack Spade, the his and hers accessories lines, Spade is debuting Sleepy Jones, a collection of tailored pajama separates and boxer shorts for him and for her.

Sleepy Jones’ pieces, in heritage prints and custom-designed ones by artists like Wes Lang, will be available exclusively online at (Sarah Lerfel from Colette has already expressed interest in stocking the collection, but Spade and Sperduti’s real vision is a Sleepy Jones store of its own.) The pieces are sleep-friendly and casual but tweaked for extra-boudoir use: the collars more pointed, breast pockets added, to be more like dress shirts. (Spade confessed he’s been sleeping in old dress shirts.) His role models are the artists, past and present, who really can wear their pajamas all day, and who think nothing of wearing them out, with a blazer or jeans. “There’s kind of a movement in this direction. I don’t think it’ll go away, because people are working at home more, and working online,” he said. “I do think more people can do [this look] than think they can.”

If rumpled elegance is the name of the look, it’s also what sets it apart from the existing big players in the underwear market, who tend to demand (and depict) semi-superhuman physiques. “I don’t have the six-pack, and I don’t identify with that,” Spade added. “I just want to see a guy like Juergen Teller in his boxer shorts, reading the newspaper. I would be like, ‘I want those!’ No one’s ever shown that.”

Above, Spade and Sperduti created an exclusive GIF for, to show off their new collection, spotlighted on a trip taken with friends to Arizona.

Warby Parker: To See and Be Seen in Soho


Web sites come and Web sites go, but digital wunderkind Warby Parker, which built a company on selling glasses online, has laid a cornerstone of the most permanent kind. “After the nuclear war, this’ll still be here,” cofounder Neil Blumenthal laughed last night, touching his toe to the terrazzo floor, inlaid with a silver WARBY PARKER logo, at the brand’s new Soho flagship. The new shop is not technically the first Warby store—that distinction goes to the Meatpacking District space that was meant as a pop-up but, thanks to rampant interest, will now be sticking around—but the 2,000-square-foot Greene Street store is its most ambitious effort. (The location also puts it in good company. As fashion brands have flocked back to Soho, Greene Street in particular has become a central strip: Chloé, Tiffany & Co., Vanessa Bruno, Dior Homme, and Stella McCartney have opened their doors here in the past year, and a major American fashion label is said to have just signed the lease for its second store next door.)

Terrazzo floors notwithstanding—they’re a reference to the floors of New York’s august civic buildings—the new shop, designed in collaboration with Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti of Partners & Spade, mimics a library, with custom eighteen-foot bookcases, rolling library ladders, and a selection of books from fourteen different indie publishers, which are available for sale. “There’s obviously a link between vision and learning,” Blumenthal said, and reading has been closest to the brand’s heart from the start: The Warby Parker name comes from the names of two characters in an unpublished Jack Kerouac manuscript Blumenthal and his cofounder, Dave Gilboa, found at the New York Public Library. (The NYPL itself is a major inspiration for the new space, as well as being the site of WP’s first fashion week presentation, back in 2011.) Blumenthal and Gilboa will continue to sell online, where, they note, the selection is, in fact, even greater than the store’s. But a stone-and-steel location has certain advantages over the Web. Key among them is the full-time on-site optometrist. If there’s a wait for the good doctor’s time, have a look around—your name will eventually flip onto the train-station-style schedule board.

Warby Parker opens this Saturday at 121 Greene Street, NYC;

Photo: Collin Hughes

Quiet, Please


For its first New York fashion week presentation, do-gooding eyewear line Warby Parker summoned showgoers to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. But the destination wasn’t Bryant Park, as of old; it was, oddly enough, the New York Public Library. In the Main Reading Room of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, patrons thumbed books as usual. Or not quite as usual. Along two tables at the back, rows of bespectacled men and women read tomes with matching, bright blue colors.

The motley crew of models—some professional, some friends of the brand, including stylist Aya Kanai and Tumblr fashion director Rich Tong—showed off the new collection of optical glasses, shades, and one monocle. The books they were reading identified the individual frames: Everett for a square, Clark Kent-ish style, and Monroe for a circular, sixties shape.

The presentation—which was technically rogue, having not been cleared by the powers of the New York Public Library—was a homecoming of sorts. “We came up with the name Warby Parker from an exhibit at the library,” Dave Gilboa, who co-founded the line with Neil Blumenthal, explained. (It’s derived from two names taken from Jack Keroauc’s writings and diaries, which were on display.)

Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti of Partners & Spade helped put the event together and were on hand to (quietly) take it in. Is this the first illegal installation they’d engineered, we wondered? “No,” said Sperdutti, “but it’s one of the better ones.” And if the law intervenes? “Neil’s gonna take the fall,” Gilboa laughed.

Photo: Courtesy of Warby Parker

School’s In With J.Crew, Kate Spade, and Frédéric Fekkai


In the fashion business at the moment, there are few retailers who aren’t looking to learn a thing or two from J.Crew. And as luck would have it, CEO Mickey Drexler will be teaching this spring—in one of New York City’s public high schools, that is. As part of Teach for America Week, 20 city notables, including Drexler, hotelier Ian Schrager, hair guru Frédéric Fekkai, and designers Kate and Andy Spade, will head into NYC public school classrooms as guest teachers. At the TFA cocktail party Drexler co-hosted with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (pictured, left) at J.Crew’s Fifth Avenue store last night, Schlossberg was quick to give credit where credit was due. “Mickey did all the work,” the attorney and author said. “He basically convinced everyone to sign on.”

“I was a terrible student,” Drexler admitted. “I went to Bronx Science, and the program was so rigorous. If I could go back, I’d do everything different.” That wasn’t the case for his co-host—”I was a pretty good student,” Schlossberg said with a smile, “I would do all my homework and everything.”—but it was for another teacher-to-be. “I was doing fine until I went to law school,” Fekkai told us. “I was there for two and a half years, and I had to quit.” He hits the classroom today. “I’m excited,” the stylist said. “I just hope the kids are, too.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

Recessionista: Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve


What: Limited-edition T-shirts by Marika Thunder Nuss, $40

Why: At Wednesday night’s opening party for Partners & Spade—Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s stream-of-consciousness store that doubles as their design firm headquarters—we browsed for something thrifty amid the random, tightly curated collections of other people’s stuff. Assorted mini staplers, Lehman Brothers paraphernalia, and used artists’ palettes were all for sale. While some of the prices were gallery caliber ($350 for the palettes), we did find something that was cash-and-carry: budding 10-year-old artist Marika Thunder Nuss’ playful T-shirts. When she’s not living the life of a brooding downtown visionary with a current show at Half Gallery (no, seriously), Nuss goes back to her full-time job as Rita Ackermann’s daughter. Based on the party crush—we spotted Cynthia Rowley, Waris, and Chiara Clemente among the browsers—you might want to make your way to Partners & Spade ASAP. Each T-shirt style is a limited edition.

Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., NYC, (646) 861-2827.