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Most of us may be be getting ready for the long Memorial Day weekend, i.e. the unofficial kick-off to the summer, but here's an early preview of what's to come for Holiday 2011 from the witty crew at Jack Spade—with Aaron Levine at the design helm. We, of course, have come to expect clever pieces from Kate Spade's masculine counterpart, but the gift-giving season tends to provide more opportunities for the team to create fun items that, well, make perfect gifts.
There were several pieces that caught our eye. The "Come in We're Open" wallet that, on the back, says, "Sorry We're Closed" remind us of the old school Open/Close signs you might find at a diner on your way to Brimfield. The interior of the wallet sports a pattern akin to security envelopes. The tote bag with "Le DirtBag" written on the side is pretty self explanatory on why that's awesome.
Other wallets featured designs inspired from matchbooks and playing cards—you know, perfect for all your pyro and gambling friends. Jack Spade introduced footwear for fall and continued with a few more options in holiday.
On the more textural side, there were some great bags made out of wool, herringbone, and pebbled leather. There were plenty of corduroy blazers, chunky cardigans, and shearling jackets. Knitted items included mittens, a scarf designed to look like a cigarette, and even an iPad cover that looks like those international airmail envelopes—a great idea for people who are looking for a way to reconcile their love of technology with the days of yore when people once upon a time sent hand written letters.
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· Jack Spade [Official Site]