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.

Tell us about your design philosophy.
What's in the forefront of my mind is function and utility. We're a very New York City–minded brand. The apparel and bags we design have to feel intuitive and functional. For example, we're really into technology and fabrics with breathability and odor-resistance but not cutting the silhouette in a sporty way. It could be a traditional trench coat, but it also has those technical attributes: Internally it's breathable, and the outside is waterproof.

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