A Continuous Lean.

Wes Anderson and the Importance of the Corduroy Suit.

Mar 1st, 2015 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Menswear, Movies, Suiting | by ACL Editors

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Men’s style writers love heralding the importance of having a uniform – a signature set of clothes that you personally can own, day in, day out. In theory, most men would agree that this is a great concept, but what’s interesting is that so few of us actually put the uniform to use. Try to think of a man, any man who has a set uniform. Not easy is it? For us, there is one man who always springs to mind when we think “uniform,” and that’s Wes Anderson. He might not always wear corduroy suits, but he certainly pulls them on (and for that matter pulls them off) quite a lot.

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Fuck Yeah Andy Spade.

Feb 25th, 2015 | Categories: Style | by Michael Williams

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Yesterday I discovered Fuck Yeah Andy Spade while surfing around on the internets. I have to say that it made my week. In the process of discovering this site I was reminded that Andy = God. Also, the man has amazing taste (he’s the king of Dad’s Style after all) and is above all things consistent.

In a world where everything is thrown out every season for the new trend du jour, Andy has stuck to his Brooks Brothers OCBD wearing guns. For that (and many other reasons) I admire him immensely. While I don’t think I will ever be as prep focused as Andy (and I’m certainly not a Pepsi man), I give him a lot of credit for advancing the cause of American menswear everywhere. Fuck yeah Andy Spade.

KARLIE KLOSS x WARBY PARKER Collaboration Launch Dinner

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A True People’s Champ.

Feb 24th, 2015 | Categories: History, Menswear, Sports, Style | by ACL Editors

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In the ring Muhammed Ali was a monster. He would grab hold of each match, dancing his way around the ring until just the right moment and then BAM, his fist, as big as a loaf of bread and as weighty as Thor’s hammer, would shoot forth so as to inflict the maximum amount of damage upon his adversary.

Despite his brutal blows, Ali was not fueled by anger. Fighting was his job, and he was damn well good at it. But outside the ring, he was known for his big personality – a man who could be caring and controversial in equal measure. Never one to hold back, Ali would often play to the camera, as seen in his famous Esquire cover and photo shoot with The Beatles. He was also a pretty sharp dresser, especially for a guy of his size. Ali wasn’t so much a gentle giant, as he was a giant gentleman, which is why his battle with Parkinson’s disease, and his subsequent deteriorating state later in life, has been so painful to watch. And so it’s best to remember Ali as he was in his glorious heyday – as the true people’s champ.

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A Signal Through the Noise of NYFW

Feb 23rd, 2015 | Categories: Fashion Week, Jake Gallagher, Menswear, New York City, NYFW | by Jake Gallagher

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You’ve all seen the Instagrams. You’ve all read the tweets. You’ve maybe even looked through a collection or two. That’s right, Fashion Week has blown through New York City like a down-filled, blanket-wrapped, wax coated tornado. For anyone with even a remote interest in men’s clothing (which if you’re reading this site, is probably you) NYFW is an unavoidable cacophony of runway looks, street style images, and blurry Instagram photos. To be quite honest though, most of what goes on during this week has little to no relevance for the average guy. Many of the labels that show here in New York skew toward the avant garde and even those designer whose names you might actually recognize often show conceptual looks which will never make it stores, let alone your closet. So in an effort to skim the fat, we bring you our favorite fits from this year’s New York Fashion Week. And by favorite, we mean the ones which might actually inspire or inform your clothing purchases for the year ahead.  Enjoy our simply presented signal through the NYFW noise.





SIGNALS

Feb 23rd, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • Talking American watchmaking with Cameron Weiss. [Weiss] [Pictured]
  • Branding the 1950s Porsche. [Codex99 via Coudal]
  • How J.Crew got in on the sneaker game. [Complex]
  • The last of the typewriter repairmen. [Medium]
  • Inside the famed denim maker Cone Mills with Levi’s. [Selectism]

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Kubrick the Kid Captures the City

Feb 19th, 2015 | Categories: Americana, History, Jake Gallagher, New York City | by Jake Gallagher

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Long before Stanley Kubrick became the revered auteur responsible for films like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Full Metal Jacket, he was just a kid with a camera. And he truly was a kid. Kubrick was just seventeen when was hired as a staff photographer by the now defunct Look Magazine. As a native of the Bronx, Kubrick was a keen observer of the intricacies of the city, and throughout his five year career behind the lens, he portrayed the ins and outs of ordinary life in New York. From clubs to classrooms, from street corners to circuses, from boxing rings to bars, Kubrick shot society at all levels, capturing the collective frenzy of New York City in the late 1940’s. Below are just a smattering of the more than fifteen thousand images which Kubrick amassed from 1945 to 1950, but all of them can be found online at the website of the Museum of the City of New York.

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SIGNALS

Feb 16th, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

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  • The NYC scenes that inspired the iconic work of Edward Hopper. [The Whitney]
  • A fascinating look inside Apple and the mind of Jony Ive. [The New Yorker]
  • 40 years of backstage photos at SNL. [Vanity Fair]
  • New England’s Lotuff Leather introduces some seriously handsome canvas bags. [Uncrate]
  • The glory days of New York City’s garment district. [Bloomberg] [Pictured]

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