October 28, 2014


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




October 22, 2014

NEW ARRIVALS: 8.15, Love and Peace

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. 

October 20, 2014

CARRY YOUR THINGS: Minä Perhonen Bags + Clutches

Embroidered, color blocked, adorned with kitties, Minä Perhonen's bags and clutches are perfect for softening up your tomboy jam. It's ok to be a lady.


October 14, 2014

MOODY: Unpublished From the Lookbook

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

October 13, 2014

FINAMORE: Accessories

Pocket Squares and Ties in the shop by classic Italian company, Finamore.

October 9, 2014

NEW ARRIVALS: Blue Blue Japan, Finamore, and Howlin'

Our men's collection at Jackstraw is full of designers and makers from all over the world. Some are continuing in ages-old traditions, some innovating, and most are doing both. Here we've put together looks using some of our favorite pieces in the shop with the newest arrivals from Blue Blue Japan, Finamore, and Howlin'

Wool Hooded Jacket, TS(S) / Scarf, Engineered Garments / Sweater, Howlin' / Trousers, J.W. Brine

Antwerp's Howlin' irreverently makes knitwear that is both completely classic and current. Each sweater, scarf, or hat is finished by hand-knitters in Ireland and Scotland. 

  Textured Wool Topcoat, Blue Blue Japan / Crewneck Sweatshirt with Pockets, Blue Blue Japan / Knit Trousers, Blue Blue Japan / Watchcap, Howlin'

Textured Cotton Topcoat, Blue Blue Japan / Red Hoodie, Blue Blue Japan / Knit Trousers, Blue Blue Japan 

Blue Blue Japan carefully hand-dyes each garment with natural Indigo dye and traditional methods. These pieces are entirely made in Japan with sturdy garment construction meant to last and patina with wear. Also, these are THE BEST hoodies available.

Grey Suit, Finamore / Flannel Shirt, Mazzarelli / Knit Tie, Finamore / Corduroy Deer Stalker Hat, Engineered Garments

Finamore is a classic Italian brand founded in the 1920's. They've succeeded in setting themselves apart by combining Italian tailoring with a fine set of un-classic details.   

Jacket, Boglioli / Vest, TS(S) / Shirt, Mazzarelli / Tie, Finamore / Corduroy Trousers, Blue Blue Japan

October 2, 2014


Well, It's time. We've been in our new space at 1930 First Avenue since April and it feels like home-sweet-home. The change in season, plus a complete collection of autumnal wares make for the perfect time to celebrate our move with you.

Please join us THIS SUNDAY the 5th from 4-7PM for libations and levity (London Plane treats plus bubbles guarantee a swell time for all!)

R.S.V.P. here.