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A Formal Announcement Regarding the ACL Shop

Dec 14th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams


Above: Cole Rood & Haan, Co. for ACL.

Since I never made a formal announcement, let me take this opportunity to walk you through some of the goods in the ACL Shop. The whole idea of launching an online store came after the idea to start making these little zipper folios to use when I travel. I would actually end up using the little bags daily while ferrying my laptop and camera from home to work. Well, the bag idea was hatched in 2005, long before ACL. When I finally got my act together and decided to move forward with the production of the bags (which will be restocking early next week) I got to thinking that a shop full of zippered folios isn’t very exciting, so I pulled together a small collection of things that I wanted to wear or use. Most of the items in the ACL Shop are unique to the store, collaborations like the Cole, Rood & Haan Co. chukka and the Billykirk canvas briefcase.

The shop is still coming into its own and come spring should have a more complete offering of goods. Many thanks to the original vendors and companies that took the time to collaborate with me in making the shop possible. The folks at Property Of… which collaborated on a great wool messenger bag with Pendleton, Cole Rood & Haan Co. who turned out an amazing Kudu desert boot — special for ACL, Chris and Kirk from Billykirk for always being up for any crazy idea I throw their way and lastly for Mark McNairy who has taught me much and always being up to take me to my factory!

ACL & Co

Mark McNairy for ACL & Co.


Pendleton x Property Of... wool messenger bags. This is the first collaboration for Property Of...


Billykirk x ACL & Co. canvas briefcase based on a WWII design.


Some beads & trinkets coming to the shop this week...

Comments: 37

37 Comments to “A Formal Announcement Regarding the ACL Shop”

  1. jeremy
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 1:31 PM

    pants man, those cargos are amazing but do you have any fit pics of them? are they the same ones mark has on in http://mistermort.typepad.com/mister_mort/2009/08/amazing-cargos.html ?

    i await with wallet in hand.

  2. Paul
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 2:03 PM

    Why not make the shoes even more expensive…..

  3. Tomtom
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 2:17 PM

    Whats with that paper? Does it take fountain pen ink nicely?

    Do you ship to the UK?

  4. Michael Williams
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 2:27 PM

    Jeremy — Yes in that photo McNairy is wearing the cargo pants in Khaki…

    Paul — sorry if you think they are too expensive. In my mind they are a good value.

    We ship to nearly everywhere.

  5. Todd
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 3:06 PM

    I wear orthotics. Can I put them in your shoes? It’s hard to find stylish shoes that will take orthotics.

  6. A Treasury of...
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 3:10 PM

    Can I chime in and state that I’d love if you produced the Cigarette Bag in any of the tweed fabrics.

    Any plans for that?

  7. Jordan
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 3:53 PM

    it would be cool if you could post info regarding the fit of the beautiful cargos: rise, inseam? Do you find they run true to size in the waist? can you compare them to any other brand of pants, so a prospective buyer can figure out if they’re going to be the right size? Many thanks in advance,

  8. Tim
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 4:19 PM

    The buffalo plaid messenger is so cool…

  9. Ryan
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 4:31 PM

    Really digging that Harris Tweed laptop case. It would fit my new 15″ macbook pro quite nice. Good work.

  10. Ryan
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 4:40 PM

    Bag’s were a great idea. Stash my knife, flashlight, notebook and pens in there and I’m good to go. So much classier than going shoulder deep into my backpack.

    Any plans on wallets in the near future? I take it as a sign from God I lost my shitty Sears bifold.

  11. Steve
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 6:01 PM

    These prices are ridiculous. Get some perspective.

  12. Sam
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 6:01 PM

    Mike, nice job on the dry goods. I hope the business is successful!

  13. Steve
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 6:06 PM


    Summary for those too lazy to read:


  14. Jon
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 7:36 PM

    Why does everything has to be made in the US?

    Isn’t this a bit racist? I don’t think I’m better than any Asian.

    Giving a job to an Asian is just as good as giving a job to an American.

  15. Michael Williams
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 7:37 PM

    Who said everything had to be made in America? Asia, Europe and America are all represented here.

  16. Jonas
    on Dec 14th, 2009
    @ 8:41 PM

    Not racist at all. How or why would you even suggest that is unfathomable to me. You must explain how someone promoting products made in his own country of birth (or at least residence) is racist.

  17. danb
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 1:23 AM

    Great stuff but prices are too high in my opinion. What sets that desert boot apart from say the Clarks desert boot in terms of quality?

  18. Kyle
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 11:51 AM

    $250 for a bag made out of a Pendleton wool blanket and “leather accents”? I think you’re leaning a little too far on some of these prices, MW.

  19. Andrew K
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 2:08 PM

    “MADE IN NORTHHAMPTON, ENGLAND BY ENGLISH PEOPLE.” how can we all be so sure that no immigrants of any origin were involved in the making of these?

  20. Michael Williams
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 3:04 PM

    If someone emigrated to England are they not English? But really, I’ve been there and they are all English.

    Also, Kyle if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Vote with your wallet.

  21. AB
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 3:16 PM

    The Billykirk L.L. Bean USN bag looks dope.

  22. Paisley
    on Dec 15th, 2009
    @ 8:21 PM

    Sexy shoes—keep up the good work MW.

  23. Charles Bix
    on Dec 16th, 2009
    @ 11:24 AM

    How idiotic and ill considered it is to cry racism just because ACL sells products made in the USA. Apparently someones’ crazy brains are in over drive. Wonderful products Michael, keep up the great work. Quality, coupled with being well made, always costs more. The products tend to last longer. I love American trad products. The internet has provided a front seat to some of the best work and upcoming work available. Quit your whinning and man up.

  24. TK
    on Dec 16th, 2009
    @ 11:40 AM

    The longwings in the shop are killer. I’m now cursing my 6’6″ frame frame and the size 13 feet that came with it.

    But the new shop is great, man. Love what you’re doing.

  25. Andrew K
    on Dec 16th, 2009
    @ 9:20 PM

    Yes, I should clarify my early comment, and emphasize as much distance as possible from the silly idiots talking about racism. I simply meant, there are many legal workers and residents in England, America, and elsewhere who have not adopted the citizenship of their new nation. So, yeah, you can emigrate to England and not be be English.

  26. jacobb
    on Dec 16th, 2009
    @ 11:23 PM

    Some interesting stuff but much too rich for my blood. Where are the recession goods?

  27. Tuco
    on Dec 17th, 2009
    @ 4:06 AM

    The bags are great. Good luck with everything. I’m not going to spend $375 for a pair of shoes when I can buy a pair of Trickers, Aldens, or for that matter Brooks Brothers. A pair of bucks cost 190 dollars.

  28. William Harrison
    on Dec 17th, 2009
    @ 6:26 PM

    Absolutely too expensive, the designs are great, the prices are for the same group of people that two years ago bought _____________ and three years from now will buy ___________.

    While living your life in costume may not be morally reprehensible, it sure is costly.

  29. Dave
    on Dec 18th, 2009
    @ 2:13 PM

    The Mister Mort New Era hats are nice. Great idea. Not sure about the apostrophe in the “fedora’s” one. Is it meant to suggest possession or plurality? Maybe a dumb question but in this domain where no detail goes unsweated, I thought I’d ask.


  30. yuko
    on Dec 20th, 2009
    @ 11:36 PM

    reading the comments on the posts here are always entertaining (and sometimes jaw dropping). can you just put a link to Wal-Mart on you website? I think they’ll find exactly what they are looking for there.

    keep up the good work.

  31. Patrick
    on Dec 21st, 2009
    @ 8:06 AM

    @ yuko

    Yeah, that’s it. People who don’t think that $60.00 for a baseball cap or $395.00 for a Chukka is reasonable should just go to Walmart. What a toolbag.

  32. Dad
    on Dec 21st, 2009
    @ 8:46 AM

    Nice job son

  33. Mark
    on Dec 23rd, 2009
    @ 12:51 AM

    Those McNairy chukkas remind me of some brick soled bucks I saw somewhere…

  34. Makiko
    on Dec 31st, 2009
    @ 4:47 AM

    Hi. Love your blog and love all the designs above.
    If you want to sell any of those to Japan, let me know!
    I am not a distributor but a consultant for many specialty shops in Japan ;))

  35. Zander
    on Dec 31st, 2009
    @ 11:07 AM

    First time to your site. I’m impressed.
    The prices on the boots, if well-made, seem reasonable to me.
    On the other hand, the prices on the caps seem inexplicably high, but maybe I’m missing something and am just not the right demographic for them.
    $100 for a cap that reads ACL seems very 2004 to me.
    Speaking of older trends, some of these comments about racism are so ridiculous they ought to be funny (but are not) – whoever brought up racism is plain stupid.
    It’s refreshing to find a site championing American-made products,

  36. Felarca
    on Jan 6th, 2010
    @ 11:59 PM

    Love the Jack Boot. Not sure I can justify them over a pair of Clarks at that price but Lord its tempting.

  37. Jason
    on Jan 9th, 2010
    @ 8:57 PM

    Applaud the blog, the store, and the goods, but the pricing seems quite high for what is being offered here.