Sale of the Week: Equal Opportunity

Jack Straw’s first big sale since the shop added a women’s department begins Friday

By Laura Cassidy June 1, 2010

The patron saint of Jack Straw: Bob Dylan

Jack Straw owner John Richards opened his shop not quite two years ago with the idea that men look best when they’ve been wearing the same impeccably made modern classics for like, ever. Yes, he meant that their Issey Miyake suit jackets should be worn as long as their mortgages, but he also meant that they could and should wear those jackets every day of those thirty-year ARMs. He likes clothes to be beautiful, and totally worn-in.

This spring, that theory – more or less – was applied to the fairer sex. In March, a women’s department opened in the back, prominently featuring the work of window designer Maresa Patterson. In addition to Patterson’s sweetly nostalgic yet totally modern and innovative line, Stella Love, there was a drop-dead gorgeous rack of ceremonial garb for urban tribeswomen courtesy of Dries Van Noten. The collection grew, and now Jack Straw is one of those coed date-night shopping experiences that beats the pants off of a fleeting, here-now-gone-already brunch-and-a-movie any day.

But you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Grab your best gal or your favorite guy and get ready for Jack Straw’s biggest sale bash since going equal opportunity. Beginning this Friday June 4 save up to 70 percent on Dries, Martin Margiela, Paul Smith, and Issey Miyake for him, and Dries, Sofie D’Hoore, Vroom, and Yoshi Kondo for her.

I nominate Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birken, as Jack Straw’s female patron saint

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