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Leather, Guns and Tweed: A ‘New’ Era for Purdey at Audley House.

Sep 28th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports, Style | by Jared Paul Stern

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For over 200 years James Purdey & Sons of London has been crafting the world’s finest bespoke shotguns and rifles. The firm has enjoyed royal patronage since 1838, when Queen Victoria placed her first order, for a pair of pistols. King Edward VII granted the first official Royal Warrant to the founder’s son, James Purdey the Younger, in 1868, a practice continued by each successive English royal including Prince Charles and the present Queen. In 1882 Purdey established its workshop and showroom at Audley House in Mayfair, which the sporting periodical Land and Water called a “palace amongst gun manufactories.” A business so steeped in tradition has had little need to modernize over the years – the firm’s gunmakers still craft their own tools by hand at the beginning of their five-year apprenticeships before using them to fashion the world’s finest firearms – but nearly 135 years later Audley House has been subtly “refitted”, ushering in something of a new era for Purdey.

One of Purdey’s first concessions to modern times was the introduction of a range of high quality shooting clothing, in 1973 – the first London gunmaker to do so. The updates to Audley House are mainly aimed at devoting more real estate to this burgeoning part of the business, allowing for a dedicated clothing and accessories section on the shop floor, with the main gun room now located exclusively in the building’s historic Long Room, which once featured a “well” for looking down into the firm’s workshop below. Whilst saving up for a London-made Purdey 12-bore – or perhaps in lieu of owning an actual gun – enthusiasts can acquire thick tweed coats and other items redolent of grouse shooting weekends at English country estates, conjuring images of muddy Land Rovers, muddier gun dogs and lots of smoky single malt. Purdey’s new range of clothing for autumn includes variations on classic tweed patterns custom milled in the Scottish borders, new windproof knitwear made in England, and the first-time offering of suede and leather pieces.

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Smoking Blue Note Style

Sep 24th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Music, Photography | by Jared Paul Stern


Blue Note’s jazz records are true icons of American cool. A little ironic, then, that the music label was founded by two white guys from Berlin. One of them, Francis Wolff, began his career in Germany as a commercial photographer and carried his camera along to every Blue Note recording session in New York City in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Many of his images were incorporated into Blue Note’s now legendary album covers, and a new book by musician and producer Michael Cuscuna from Flammarion being published next month offers up some of his best work along with a number of previously unpublished pix. Over 100 of Blue Note’s most revered artists, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Hank Mobley, Grant Green and Sonny Rollins are included in the book, which features more than 150 of Wolff’s shots.

Naturally recording a jazz album required a lot of smoking, and it seems like Blue Note definitely did its part to boost the shares of Philip Morris; though while many may have mastered the art of lighting up like Art Blakey, hardly any could come close to playing the drums with the same panache. The photos of Wolff (and later Blue Note designer Reid Miles) were candids of artists at work and not staged, however, unlike the many copies and “homages” in the years since, and there’s a lot of great stuff here to pore over. Wolff “didn’t waste shots reaching for an image,” Cuscuna writes. “His eye and his technique nailed it, usually in the first take.” Originals of some of Wolff’s photographs can be found at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC. The book, called simply Blue Note, is available for pre-order on Amazon. We recommend making some space on the shelf now.


Grant Green, 1961 © Francis Wolff Blue Note

Loll Designs | Re-Imagining the Adirondack

Sep 23rd, 2015 | Categories: Array | by Al James


This was the summer of cabin living for me and my family. We stayed at river cottages on the Metolius and McKenzie Rivers in Oregon, at oceanside beach houses up in the Puget Sound and epic, double-decker lake houses in rural Georgia. There was a lot of porch time, dock time and lounging which got me thinking more about outdoor spaces and the furniture that we use in the warm weather months. While it might be sacrilege to call into question the classic wooden adirondack, I think Loll Designs have done an admirable job riffing on this American outdoor tradition.

The Loll brand is the marriage of innovative materials and timeless design. Built to be bullet-proof, stylish and reliable – they started in Duluth, MN as a skate park materials supplier called TrueRide. TrueRide began as small company that built, designed and resurfaced municipal skate parks using high-density polyurethane (i.e. recycled #2 milk jugs.) Overtime the scraps from the skate park projects became outdoor furniture prototypes (specifically in adirondack silhouettes) and in 2006, Loll was launched in earnest with an online shop.

As It Happened | Newport Polo

Sep 22nd, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports | by Jared Paul Stern


In Palm Beach they take their polo very seriously indeed. In the Hamptons it was all about rubbing elbows and such in the VIP tent, never mind what’s happening on the field. And in Newport, Rhode Island it’s about having a damn good time, before, during and after the match. Not long ago we watched team USA / Newport defend their winning record against a team from Italy in a six chukker match at the Newport Polo Club grounds at historic Glen Farm in Portsmouth, RI. The Newport Polo Club is the functioning body of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club. In 1876 the Westchester Polo Club of New York, which was active until 1929, established its summer headquarters in Newport. In 1992 the Westchester Polo Club was revived in Newport and is now popularly known as Newport Polo Club.

As opposed to the professional high-goal polo played in Palm Beach, the teams competing in Newport are mostly talented amateurs, members of clubs like Newport. Whereas most top-tier teams with corporate sponsors are dominated by South American players, in Newport younger players and several women take the field, with the action a little less intense than among high-goalers. In Newport a day of polo is more of a family outing, where everyone packs a picnic including their wine, beer and spirits of choice. Spirited lawn games are played on the field before and after matches and during half time and tailgating is the thing, with only a couple of Ferraris thrown in for good measure. Though there is a Pavilion it doesn’t quite have the feel of a VIP enclosure, and there are generally fewer champagne corks popping than in Palm Beach or Bridgehampton and much less Lilly Pulitzer on display.



Sep 21st, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams


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This Weekend: Pop Up Flea Los Angeles

Sep 18th, 2015 | Categories: Pop Up Flea | by Michael Williams


This weekend we’re setting up our Pop Up Flea market for the first time in Los Angeles. There are over fifty great vendors offering a strong line-up of vintage, menswear, home goods, footwear, accessories and all sorts of other good things. We kick off this afternoon at 3pm and run through the weekend. The sun is out and there’s an awesome selection of cool stuff from a bunch of awesome people. Follow along on Instagram and come by to say hello.

Pop Up Flea #PUFCAL | September. 18th, 19th & 20th | The Grove (Level 8 Parking Rooftop)

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Miserocchi | Agnelli’s Driving Shoes

Sep 16th, 2015 | Categories: Italy, Shoes | by ACL Editors


Before Gianni Agnelli made them famous. Before they were imitated countless times over by countless brands. Before they were even called car shoes, there was just Giulio Miserocchi, an Italian cobbler in a tiny alpine village, who hand-sewed what would become the first ever driving moccasin. It was back in 1942 that Miserocchi completed his first shoe, a soft leather tie loafer atop a nubby rubber sole. The entire shoe was designed to make it easier on the wearer’s foot as the drove, so the supple upper and loose stitching were meant to help the shoe mold to your foot, while the texturized bottoms were intended to literally grip the pedals.

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