jack spade ///

Jack Spade | GregoryWest

I was going through a recent issue of GQ, came across this page, and my years at an ad agency came rushing back. I love the 1-2-3 visual intelligence of this image – 1) If this great office space and meticulously organized desk caught your eye, then 2) we have a few things here that you might like to buy for your own office / meticulously organized desk, oh and 3) by the way, they’re from Jack Spade. Well done, Mr. Spade, well done.

façonnable and john varvatos ///

I love beautiful no-copy ads that can capture a brand’s essence with only an image — that’s the epitome of art direction. And when flipping through a new batch of magazines recently, I came across these two great examples from Façonnable and John Varvatos. Very nicely done.

a love story ///

And just to round out the Michael Bastian triumvirate, I thought I would send some respect to the video for his SS11 Gant collection. It’s a beautiful and sexy four minutes of film that perfectly capture a mood, and show the clothes with no one looking like they’re posing — all without a single line of dialogue. Plus, huge bonus points for scoring it with Koop’s brilliant throwback, Koop Island Blues.