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Jack Spade moves into Apartment Number 9 for apparel launch

August 21, 2009 | 10:50 am

Jack Spade, the New York-based maker of preppy utilitarian man satchels and accessories  (it's the male counterpart to the Kate Spade line) is making its first foray into apparel this fall, and to mark its West Coast debut, the label will be taking up temporary residence at the Beverly Hills' Apartment Number 9 boutique (at 9877 Little Santa Monica Blvd.) from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31.Rage_spade1

In addition to seeing how the aesthetic of heavy canvas totes, waxwear map cases and soft-sided drill nylon briefcases translate to shirts, trousers, sweaters and suits, (I'll have more of those details in early September after I've had a chance to take a close-up look at the line) it will be a great opportunity for denizens of the Left Coast who've never experienced the curated retail experience of the Jack Spade SoHo store to get a feel for the boutique/curiosity shop/hardware store/college dorm room vibe that can include everything from vintage books to moustache gloves.

This one promises to be a doozy -- the company apparently partnered with an eclectic bunch including comedian Phyllis Diller and the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. to help curate items for the Beverly Hills space, which will include offerings from the brand's private treasure trove of comedy albums and Halloween costumes.

Is it too much to hope for a Jack Spade branded Phyllis Diller Halloween costume?

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: A button-front shirt that's part of the first Jack Spade apparel collection, making its West Coast debut at the Beverly Hills Apartment Number 9 boutique on Sept. 3. Credit: Jack Spade

Jack Spade/Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. collaboration

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