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Elizabeth Daniels, 5/10
On Saturday evening, Jack Spade's new Abbot Kinney space hosted the ultimate guy party: beer, hotdogs and ping pong on the front lawn. We partly just wanted to go to see how long before the beer pong started, but we also have a special place in our hearts for Kate Spade. And free food.
The store is in the former Kangol space, which is a quaint old beach cottage around 100 years old. We were told that a former resident visited a week before the opening to see the new store and told staffers that, ironically, only women had ever lived in the house.
Now the space is home to quirky, dapper goods for guys, like cheeky tees and aprons, messenger bags that are totally great for girls (especially the madras print ones), patterned shirts and fun wallets. What caught our eyes first were the tote bags that were part of a collaboration with DC Comics, beach mats with sharks and life preservers on them and masculine diaper bags with the cutest changing pads inside—one had devil horns on one end and a halo on the other; another had a top hat, a cane and spats.
The store has a very rustic boutique feel to it and was full of vintage furniture and props like globes and slide projectors. Check out the back of the store for the ultimate time waster: a stack of Interview magazines from the late 70s and early 80s. And while you're there, check out the Hugo Guinness prints—but don't ask, they're not for sale.
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