A Year Ago
Andy Spade’s contributions to the modern gentleman’s wardrobe are numerous — from tortoise shell glasses and desert chukka boots to utilitarian man bags and tongue-in-cheek monograms. Lately, he’s turned his refined eye to elevating our pajamas. Citing the storied journalist George Plimpton known to roam the Paris Review office in boxers and Pablo Picasso, who churned out masterpieces in little more than shorts and a robe, Andy believes comfort inspires brilliance.
Just in time for Father's Day, he’s curated a selection of can't fail gifts for dad, including socks milled by the purveyor of socks to the British Royal Family and tailored pajama shirts that are versatile enough to be worn out. Much of his inspiration for creating traditional wares with a modern twist can be credited to his dad, a copywriter during the Mad Men era. To mark Andy's witty additions to our site, IfOnly asked him to share a few of his favorite Father’s Day memories.
IfOnly: How did your dad inspire you?
Andy Spade: He always has had a great sense of humor. He worked as a copywriter in advertising in the ’60s and ’70s, and I ended up as a copywriter in New York City in the ’80s and ’90s. He also has great style.
IO: Who else is an inspiring dad to you?
AS: My uncle, John Spade. He was the opposite of my father, a loyal family man who was always there for me growing up. IO: Any advice for dads aspiring to earn Best Dad Ever status? AS: Be present with your children. Truly listen to them and always be engaged. Give them a strong value system and make them laugh.
IO: What gift on IfOnly would you love to gift to the dads in your life?
AS: I would love to take my “dads” on a family weekend exploring old-world Venice!
IO: What is one of your most memorable experiences as a dad (or with your dad)?
AS: I think it’s the little things like walking to or home from school and talking to my daughter about her day. Also, I loved swimming with her in the pool when she was little and going to the park to play on swings and in the playground. Those are my fondest memories.
Peruse Andy Spade’s entire collection for creative dads, traditional dads, and all kinds of dads here.