The Inspirational Burglar


The fashion philosophy of the menswear brand Jack Spade, as espoused on its website, is distinctly utilitarian. “Chinos for the military, Levis for the workman, Lacoste for the sportsman. The products these companies manufacture have style because the designs have a reason for being.”

Following this maxim to its logical conclusion, the Jack Spade store in lower Manhattan has decided to celebrate one of their most dedicated customers, a thief who has returned three times to the store in search of items that are both stylish and fully functional for the busy burglar.

Jack Spade’s Greene Street Store

Jack Spade was so smitten by this criminal’s dedication and affinity for their products they have created a comic book to commemorate his adventures. Breaking and Entering is available for purchase at their Greene Street location, which is also decorated in homage to their nocturnal visitor.

The love affair between Spade and their sartorial sneak began back in March, when our hero, whom we’ll call Paul Bunyan,  broke into Jack Spade’s Greene Street store by smashing the window with a fireplace log.


Bunyan immediately went for the store’s decorative rocket ships, which he used to try and jimmy the cash register. When this failed, he switched tactics, grabbed a large haul of clothes and accessories, and made his getaway.


The story might have ended there, but 45 minutes later Bunyan was back, hoping to retrieve his trusty log. He apparently discovered that Jack Spade makes a log carrier, which would both carry and conceal. But before he could escape a second time, the police arrived, and nabbed him.

Jack Spade Log Carrier, $155

Fast forward 39 days and Bunyan finally makes bail. His first move? A beeline back to the Spade store, where he puts his trusted log through the recently repaired windowpane. This time he grabbed only three items: that neat-o rocket ship, a pair of glasses (a disguise?), and, of course, the log carrier.

Thief’s Jack Spade Glasses, $275

This time Bunyan made off before the police arrived, but he underestimated the tenacity of the NYPD, who remembered his home address from the last time, and promptly paid him a visit. –BEN POPPER

from the Mens Vogue blog


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