A Continuous Lean.

On the Hunt for Gurkha Shorts.

Apr 17th, 2014 | Categories: England, History, Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Military | by Jake Gallagher

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With its dual strap waistband, barrel cut legs, high inseam, and row upon row of pleats, the Gurkha short is certainly not for the faint of heart, but we’re sure the original Gurkha wouldn’t have it any other way. This overloaded short can be traced back to the Gurkha, a legendary Nepalese military regimen that consisted of that nation’s most fearless soldiers. The Gurkha were so revered for their bravery that even after suffering a loss to the British during the Anglo–Nepalese War in the early eighteen-hundreds, the kingdom enlisted them to fight for the English Empire.

Their legendary prowess at combat was not the only thing the Gurkha brought along with them when they joined forces with their former adversaries, for they also contributed, well their name. Overtime these shorts, which like almost all colonial garb featured a tan color and loose cut that could easily combat the often oppressive heat, were given the Gurkha name as they were so popular within the region.





Bow Down to Benton Performance.

Apr 16th, 2014 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

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There’s a lot of content out in the world today. Much of it barely deserved of a spot in the YouTube line up. And then there is this film, a masterful look at the life and work of John Benton. Now let us all bow down at the alter of Benton Performance. These are going to be the best six minutes of your day. Fuck. Me.

Thanks to Silver Arrows for the tip.





Five Umbrellas Worth Hanging Onto.

Apr 15th, 2014 | Categories: Accessories, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher

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There’s been so much talk about this year’s endless winter that it almost seems cruel to discuss the weather at this point, and yet as we finally begin to thaw out from this infinite freeze, we also enter into Spring’s inevitable rainy season. Without the escape brought by a car, life in the city during the rainy months requires preparation and advance planning not accustom to most men. It also offers the opportunity to a stylish and useful tool like the umbrella. We’ll leave it to The Wirecutter to obsess over price and function, and we’ll focus our efforts on style.





Jack Purcell | 80 Years Later a Legend Evolves.

Apr 14th, 2014 | Categories: Footwear, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher

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It began with a smile.

More even than the man himself, the Jack Purcell line is best represented by a smile. Not everyone can recall that Jack Purcell was a Canadian badminton player, but we can guarantee that most people can recognize that subtle black “smile” that’s stamped on the front of his signature sneakers. And now nearly eight decades after Jack first took to the court in those white plimsolls, Converse is taking the brand to new heights thanks to that smile.

Converse has transformed that upturned line into a logo, stamping it proudly on a tee alongside their straightforward, unflappable message, “Smile.” That t-shirt is just the start of the brand’s newly formed apparel collection, which includes a polo (again with an all-over print smile motif that is almost reminiscent of waves), a lightweight blazer, and a unique barn jacket/blazer mash-up. Of course, the sneakers are still the most extensive part of the collection, adding a premium edge to the iconic silhouette, most notably on an indigo colored pair that features the wavy smile pattern.





America’s “Forgotten” Vacation Destinations

Apr 11th, 2014 | Categories: Americana, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher

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Americans just don’t vacation like they used to. Cross country road trips, picturesque mountain resorts, and far off seaside towns have been replaced by “staycations,” transcontinental cruises, and brief weekend jaunts to the city. The glory days of Griswold-ian journeys, Borscht belt summers, and month long excursions across the midwest are now behind us, and in their wake many of America’s once mighty vacation destinations, such as the five spots below, have begun to fade off into obscurity.





Pop Up Flea Springs Forward.

Apr 9th, 2014 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

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And…we’re back. This May we are holding our first spring/summer Pop Up Flea event since the first PUF back in 2009. It’s been an amazing run for PUF and each incarnation has managed to raise the bar and push the limits of what we thought possible. It’s been the perfect opportunity to take the conversation analog and hit the IRL button with your favorite designers and makers. This coming PUFSUN should continue that tradition, only the fabrics will be lighter and brighter.

It’s all happening in a few weeks, mark it down on your calendars, save the date and plan on being there. We’ve got a super summer line-up of brands, exclusive items and well-made things all under one roof. Pure and simple it’s a short-term shop full of long-term goods. All of the details are below:

May 9th // 3-8pm
May 10th // 11am – 7pm
May 11th // 12-6pm

Metropolitan Pavilion
123 West 18th Street (nr. 6th Ave)
New York City





A Conversation with Michael Hill of Drake’s London.

Apr 8th, 2014 | Categories: A Conversation With, Accessories, Jake Gallagher, London, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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At thirty-five years old Drake’s London Creative Director Michael Hill is roughly the same age as the brand itself. This fact is interesting because when Hill took over as lead designer for Drake’s in 2010, he did so with the vigor and sensibilities of a man well immersed in the diversified mentality of the fervent post-millennial menswear set. Prior to assuming this principal role, Hill had apprenticed under Michael Drake himself, earning an invaluable education which primed him to assume creative control once Drake sold the company was purchased by Mark Cho of The Armoury. It has been Hill’s ability to align Drake’s tradition of incomparable accessories with his own taste for more progressive pieces that has kept Drake’s as one of the preeminent brands in the world. I had a chance to speak with Hill about the brand’s growth, both in scope and in style, as well as his personal style, the role of the internet in menswear, and the future of Drake’s.

ACL: When you took over as lead designer for Drake’s in 2010, you really took the brand to new heights, what was your mission when you assumed that position?

Michael Hill: I wanted to ensure the continuity from the previous ownership, both in terms of the quality and style of the product and our longstanding, loyal customers.Continuity was as important as anything new I wanted to do with the business and our mission was to give us some longer term stability by putting down roots in terms of our first brick and mortar store, our website and a factory fit for purpose and the coming decades. I also wanted to reassure our own staff as well, as I was relatively young when I took over the company.