The recent, and welcome sudden turn of the season has me saturated in Fall, it washes over my entire being. All my senses; sight, smell, sound, and taste are enlightened by the raw natural beauty of this season. For a brief time I almost feel "comfortable" being in this world. In the early morning hours, as I
am awakened by the madness of machinery, sirens, honking, dreams intertwine with my waking consciousness. I find the time
to smell my baby girl's skin, we go to the park and she splashes in puddles, laughing. I love you Fall. Best, John
DRESSED FOR FALL IN TS(S) DOWN LINED COAT, HOWLIN' SCARF, AND EG WOOL HAT.
On August 15th in 1945, WWII officially ended. The end of devastation, the beginning of hope. The end of destruction, the beginning of rebuilding. People saw their neighbors under a new light of shared human experience; this war was awful for everyone, across all fences and borders. Then there's August 15th, 1969; the first day of Woodstock Music and Art Fair, a three-day-long celebration of equality and love in the Catskills. 500,000 American kids gathered together, swayed to protest songs, and dreamed of building a better society with love at it's core. Perhaps they were idealistic but they hated the things we hate, greed, violence, close-mindedness.
These two historical dates inspire 8.15's menswear. Harris Tweed, Tattersall printed flannel, old school tailoring, and classic shapes: Forever and now, and what you want for tomorrow.
Photographer Miles Fortune, and our own stylist Lenna Petersen so well captured the "spirit" and "soul" Of JStraw's fall clothing collections that many people have requested more photos, so here you go! Please by all means play Dylan's "knocking on Heavens Door" LOUD while viewing! This is a working movie! Best , John
The look is American—by way of the world. Drawing on nearly 20 years’ experience as a hunter-gatherer of fine yet laid-back menswear—and an obsession with timeless styles, JACK STRAW co-owner John Richards slips down alleyways in Paris, Milan, and Antwerp to find washed (read: fashionably rumpled) cotton and hemp blazers in sandy lavender, fine gingham shirts to throw on beneath them, and slim-fitting, ankle-length pants. Good news for Seattle’s all-American-yet-global girls: Richards will make space for a small women’s collection next spring. Seattle Metropolitan's Best of the City, July 2009.
Like the Muddy Waters music that fills the air, Jack Straw Clothing is raw, authentic and masterful. Bare brick and whitewashed wood beams frame a skillfully edited collection of men's clothing: urbane jackets from Dries Van Noten, Oxford cloth button-downs from Italy's Danolis and Ann Demeulemeester's radically chic vests, shirts and pants. In creating Jack Straw (named after a Grateful Dead tune), which opened in September, co-owners John Richards and Paola Medina pooled their years of retail experience to pull together clothing and accessories that transcend trend while remaining indisputably modern. Despite its serious style, the haberdashery is not without a sense of humor. Be sure to check out the Beatles-dedicated dressing rooms (each named after a nember of the beloved band) and the men's bathroom tribute to their famous White Album. Lei Ann Shiramizu, Seattle Magazine, Fall 2008.