Studio Visit With Jack Spade's Discerning Design Director Todd Magill

As Jack Spade evolves into a more tailored, more serious, and, frankly, more interesting menswear label, we meet the man who's been key to redefining the brand.

At Jack Spade's first Fashion Week presentation last February, design director Todd Magill proved a point. The brand, already established for its bags and accessories, was ready to spread its wings and become a serious contender in the world of menswear. With the help of tailoring and luxe materials, Magill rendered basics like sweatpants in sleeker silhouettes cut from rich, buttery suede.

As one might imagine, overseeing the design for all the brand's categories requires plenty of late nights and early mornings, but Magill is cool with the commitment. In fact, he thinks about his customer all the time. "It's inspiring to have it on my mind," he says.

Click "enlarge" to view the slideshow of our tour and interview with Magill.

—Katie Chang is a writer and shopkeeper based in Brooklyn. Follow her at @katieshewrote.

How did you get your start in menswear?
I grew up on Long Island. When I was 16, I took a high-school program at FIT, and ended up going there for college. But most of my background, actually, is in womenswear. I worked at Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and also had my own line called Wyeth—it was sold at Barney's and Bergdorf's'—for about five years. And I just got to the point where I wanted to do menswear. It was a conscious decision. That's when I started freelancing here.

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