Friday, April 10, 2009

The Re-Evolution of Jack Spade

Visionary designer Andy Spade, who sold the wildly successful company he co-owned with wife Kate Spade to Liz Claiborne in 2006, has now partnered with Anthony Sperduti to open Partners & Spade -- "a studio to inspire people and to keep us engaged" -- in NoHo. During the week, the space functions as a studio for Spade and Sperduti, and on the weekends it becomes a store (in-store visits during the week are available by appointment). The duo also invites people to curate shows there and sell collections -- Mike Mills, for example, created a space with content related to the year 1971, while Maira Kalman assembled a spot that incorporated items made by her late husband, graphic designer Tibor Kalman. Other contributors so far include Marika Thunder Nuss (the daughter of artist Rita Ackermann) and Eléonore Hendricks.

Additionally, Partners & Spade publishes photography books -- Wheee features people sledding; Boo, people in Halloween costumes; and The Portable Museum of Natural History, photos of, yes, the American Museum of Natural History -- and the store offers "Backdated Confidence Trophies," which are available to be monogrammed for people who never got over losing that big race in school. "It's a constantly changing group of work by people who aren't formally artists," says Spade. Perhaps not formally artists, but what minds other than those of artists would think to mount an art piece called "IMPULSE ITEMS" near the ceiling as a nod to Yoko Ono's well-known "YES" painting?

40 Great Jones St., New York, (646) 861-2827.


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