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The Goodness That is Black Oxford

Jan 26th, 2010 | Categories: ACL & Co. | by Michael Williams

Allow me to point your attention to the newest collaboration item that just landed in the ACL Shop. I’m the type of guy that wears oxford cloth as much as possible, so the more I spoke to Steven Alan about doing a project together the more obvious it became that we had to collaborate on an oxford shirt. Steven and I met near his TriBeCa office at Le Colombe on Church Street a few times to discuss what eventually became two co-labeled shirts done expressly for ACL & Co. The shirts combine two of my favorite things: the Steven Alan Single Needle style shirt with a little flap-pocket detail that has become known as my calling card (at least I like to think so). Basically, I had the opportunity to creative my perfect woven shirt, and I have been wearing one of these shirts (either in black or white) since the goods arrived at the office. The way I see it, if no one ever buys them I’ll be all set in the oxford department for the foreseeable future.

[Steven Alan x ACL & Co. Oxford Shirts] [Read the inspiration for the collab at The Moment]





Comments: 61

61 Comments to “The Goodness That is Black Oxford”

  1. The Fashion Informer
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 3:52 PM

    Very exciting news! And I don’t think you’ll have to worry too much about overstock… – TFI

  2. jeremy
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 3:53 PM

    fantastic shirt, looks like i might be putting another order in! the shop is really turning into something great!

  3. cws
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 4:01 PM

    Will rush to buy one or two…especially at $168…a steal…

  4. Paul
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 4:43 PM

    I saw these shirts earlier today on another post and thought — hey ACL!!! Good. Would love to wear one, but need to figure out how to wear this in a rig without looking like the pastor of my church. Otherwise I may be mistaken for the clergy and hear confessions – which, as I think about could lead to some interesting entertainment.

  5. Jon
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 4:44 PM

    Dept. of Fallen Icons: A Continous Lean Division

    Remember when this website was a blog and not a store?

    When it was about an idea, rather than overt marketing?

  6. David
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 4:49 PM

    I just picked one up. Downsized from my normal medium to a small. I noticed the shirt seems to run a little large (based on Steve Alan’s site). I hope it fits right!

  7. Duke Puke
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 5:01 PM

    Any sizing details? Been looking for a black shirt that doesn’t make me look like a square toe wearing douche fresh out of Express.

  8. Michael Williams
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 5:12 PM

    Screen shot 2010-01-26 at 5.09.54 PM

  9. Jasper Reardon
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 7:22 PM

    “a little flap-pocket detail that has become known as my calling card (at least I like to think so).”

    With acknowledgments to J. Press, naturally?

  10. Andrea
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 10:29 PM

    It’s nice to see oxford cloth in dark colors. I picked up about six yards of oxford cloth in a good bitter chocolate brown. No idea what I’ll do with it, but I couldn’t pass it up. Do you suppose there is such a thing as a steampunk OCBD?

    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 10:58 PM

    Awesome. Nice!

  12. Cale
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 11:40 PM

    Wow.. Love the shirt. I’m going to grab a Black and a White in a Large….along with #9..

    Love the site man!!!

  13. Brandon
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 12:35 AM

    Michael, is the chart measured dimensions of the shirt, or recommended size to fit? I find that shirt collars frequently do not accurately refer. What is the drop on the shirt, if you have a dimension for that?

  14. twoShay
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 12:40 AM

    What does this shirt have to offer that I won’t be getting if I instead choose to buy 4 L.L. Bean oxfords for the price of one of these? Especially when the Bean shirts come in a total of 48 sizes.

  15. chuck
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:40 AM

    i must agree – i adored this site when it wasnt tied directly to your own commerce initiative – i am all for making a clean livin – doesnt change fact that it had different feel.

  16. mark
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:39 AM

    People need to stop bitching, everyone needs to make a living, i think he at least deserves something for all his hard work.

    People like michael are changing this clothing game, it thrives off passions and individuality. You need to get used to this sort of thing, because you will see it more and more as time goes on.

  17. another mark
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 9:14 AM

    “changing the clothing game”? that made me cringe more than, “with a little flap-pocket detail that has become known as my calling card (at least I like to think so)”.

    this site used to be interesting and informative. now it’s a catalog masquerading itself as a blog.

  18. Brad
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 9:55 AM

    I have to agree with Another Mark.
    The ‘calling card’ remark made me shake my head, as did Mark’s ‘changing the clothing game’.
    Just sayin’.

  19. Trip English
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 10:16 AM

    Michael just can’t win!!! How can someone be lauded for their passion about a particular set of subjects and then get catch hell when they decide to start participating and add something of their own to the canon. Great work Michael!

  20. Jim
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 10:38 AM

    You should know my now that these are the guys who get laid a lot. Everyone (real people not in this little subscene) just thinks we’re a bunch of pretentious poofs who care way too much about fashion.

    Been looking for a black shirt that doesn’t make me look like a square toe wearing douche fresh out of Express.

  21. derek
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 11:37 AM

    Wait, so having a pocket on the chest of your shirt is all of the sudden “very ACL”?
    You seriously must have your head up your ass.

  22. Dennis Cahlo
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 11:41 AM


    I commend you on your efforts to expand your blog as a brand and it is inspiring me to do the same.

    Where I do not often agree with your price points, I love the fact that you are offering quality products based on the classics you love. That, in itself, has to be one of the most rewarding things you can offer your readers besides afantastic line of products.

    Keep up the shop, the blog, and the inspiration.

    Dennis Cahlo

  23. NW
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 11:58 AM

    Are you serious?
    You wish you were as interesting as a bunch of ‘pretentious poofs’- who most likely have better style and get laid more than the ‘subscene’ regulars.

  24. fsr
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 12:56 PM

    great looking shirt.

    btw – NW, remember what they say – if you are slinging homophobic remarks around so casually, it usually means you are. why are you so concerned with the sex other men are having?

  25. Brohammas
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 1:17 PM

    Black Oxfords? There is irony here right?
    kidding aside, a nice black shirt is a slightly aging man’s best friend.

  26. NW
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 1:21 PM

    fsr-read back-I was actually re-quoting Jim’s comment-which I thought was slinging around a homophobic remark casually and also straight up ridiculous in its statement about blog daddy’s getting ‘laid a lot’. The only sex I’m concerned about is the sex we could all be having more of if we spent less time on the computer reading meaningless blogs, myself included-gotta go!

  27. sam
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 1:58 PM

    im the first to call bullshit on something but i think michael does the store thing rather tastefully and not overt. he’s collaborating with some top names, he’s doing slight variations on solid pieces, and he’s charging what the other items usually sell for.

    if this blog is 85% content and 15% sales, then whats wrong with that?

    that being said, the ‘calling card’ comment made me puke up a little bit.

  28. Sean
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:18 PM


    Looking forward to see what you guys bring to the table, once you finish up hiding behind those keyboards.

  29. Dr Feelgood
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:27 PM

    sam — I think people are calling bullshit on this blog becoming 85% sales/pr and 15% content.

  30. Sean
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:32 PM

    “blog becoming 85% sales/pr and 15% content”

    Doctor – want to back that statement up? Because I can count back at least 12 posts before there was anything referring to sales/pr….

  31. CTP
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:35 PM

    if nothing else, props to mikey for publishing all the comments – not many bloggers have the balls to not censor.

  32. CMC
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:41 PM

    where else are you going to find a made in USA oxford garment dyed shirt for $168? you can go to j crew and get a shirt made by an indian slave in mauritius.

  33. HB
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 3:32 PM

    love the blog, I just can’t unass 168 smokes for a shirt no matter how nice it is.

    x2 on having the balls to take the negative comments and post them!

  34. Chal
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:10 PM

    Finally, another “right” black shirt. They remind me of Agnes B. shirts, which I like for their fit and fabric– but the AB prices have become off-putting for casual shirts. Well done.

  35. Bitch&Moan
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:18 PM

    To ALL of you: Seriously?

    Hats off Williams.

  36. mark
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:20 PM

    i bet they are loving the comment count here though…

  37. Jon
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:30 PM

    Quote from the Times Article:
    In the latter: a stark color scheme that’s a departure from the vintagey, workwear-inspired aesthetic you’d expect from these two.

    That, according to Williams, is intentional. “Some of this Americana stuff has been exhausted, and it’s not fun anymore,” says the Cleveland native. “More than anything, this is sort of hitting the reset button. I don’t want to wear buffalo plaid anymore.” Plus, he adds, “Steven hadn’t done black before. And I think black oxford is pretty gangster.”

    This blog became popular because of the inherent interest in Americana. Michael Williams did not make Americana popular. Michael Williams cannot “hit the reset button” on the history, culture, and style of a country.

    That said, the black oxford is hot.

  38. Sebastian
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 4:37 PM

    I think this discussion shows how poorly brands/companies are perceived in this country. There is long grown distrust, because companies have been screwing over consumers for decades, which now ACL is suffering from.

    To all you haters – what has another company done for you lately, other than to push their products on them? ACL is giving so much more than their wares. If you don’t see this, you’re stupid. And if you don’t like the price tag – shop somewhere else.


  39. Jason
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 5:36 PM

    what the fuck you supposed to wear a black oxford with?!

  40. Jim
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 6:04 PM

    Rock that black oxford with your selvage denim, and if you want to roll with a serious “F You!”, wear an Indy boot. Uh huh, brown.

  41. M
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 6:41 PM

    It’s clear from reading this site that the blogger has a direct financial interest in many of the posts, and probably at least an indirect interest in most. Some of it is implicitly revealed, some is more hidden. I imagine that the blogger would agree, but say that he only rolls out products that he stands by. In that sense, it’s no different from a good small business owner — the difference is that business owners have stores that show their commercial agenda, whereas bloggers are far less open about their affiliations. But such is the state of the internet — when you google any product you can be sure that half the things you read about it are planted by entities with undisclosed interests. So long as you just take it all as advertising, not journalism (no different from GQ’s style content), it’s a pretty cool little site.

    To that end, the above shirt is refreshing because it’s clearly identified as a co-branding effort. More power to the author.

  42. DinTX
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 7:28 PM

    i can’t shell out 168 for a shirt (but if i could i would get one of each) . That said, i would love to run a blog and turn it into a business – who would not?? Why not? are you people crazy. Mr W is doing what he loves and getting paid to do so. I think the haters should drop off and f off! keep up the good work ACL!

  43. Tuco
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 9:47 PM

    Except for the color I think the black oxford is great.

  44. JD
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 11:02 PM

    Unless any of you smack talkers have actually taken the time and effort to try and get things made and sell said items, and then realize how hard that can actually be, you should STFU.

  45. Gary Drinkwater
    on Jan 28th, 2010
    @ 7:35 AM

    Great colab! Down the road, it will be ones frayed favorite. Please don’t let the naysayer ruin your party. If they only knew the effort that it takes to bring product to fruition and then the time in which it takes to retail it. Two great names on the label constitutes the price above the fact that you most likely used a terrific fabric and flawless construction.
    Good luck.

  46. T. Pink
    on Jan 28th, 2010
    @ 3:19 PM

    No gussets on the side seams? Missed opportunity. That would have been the shit right there.

  47. Michael
    on Jan 28th, 2010
    @ 5:22 PM

    Great shirt and the price is right. Congrats on an awesome collaboration.
    Hope to see more in the future.

  48. TommyV
    on Jan 28th, 2010
    @ 9:18 PM

    It kinda sucks marketing yourself into a corner doesn’t it?

  49. H.
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 4:32 PM

    this is perfect for waiters

  50. Don Weir
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 4:35 PM

    Sucks that a guy loves what he does for a living, spends his valued time giving everyone some killer material to read / discover, puts together amazing collaborations with great American companies, and a bunch of bitter punks bash him for doing so. What a joke. More power to you Michael.

  51. David
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 4:57 PM

    I’ve actually been dying for a black oxford ever since I saw the one Band of Outsiders did about six months ago. I actually love black shirts, and can certainly see how someone could pull this shirt off. I could even see this becoming a regular favorite. Did I mention I love black?

    My personal gameplan:
    - Chrome Oakley Frogskins
    - ACL X Steven Alan Black Oxford
    - Selvedge denim
    - Generic Man naval shoes in grey canvas
    - Grey chambray scarf from The Hill-Side

  52. Chris
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 4:57 PM

    You gotta be kidding me with these comments. Capitalism is probably the MOST American thing about the site.

    Most of you are just pissed that Michael had the balls and skill set to think of this idea before you…I know I am!

    That said, keep up the always fascinating work and sell away!

  53. plista
    on Jan 30th, 2010
    @ 12:40 AM

    ACL x SA sounds good to me. I mean, a black oxford. Yes, thank you. But, seeing the blog evolve/devolve to shop (i.e. commercial concerns) AND inanities like “a little flap-pocket detail that has become known as my calling card” (i.e. ergo ego) makes me slightly worried.

  54. bbb
    on Jan 30th, 2010
    @ 9:00 AM

    Michael doesn’t elaborate enough in the description, so it came as a pleasant surprise to find that the quality is notably nicer than your typical Steven Alan shirt. This thing is tough as nails. And the fit, as usual, is impeccable. This may very well be my new best friend.

    (but sorry, man, the calling card thing could’ve been worded a bit better. Just delete it or something so we can all forget? You can do that with the internet now, right?)

  55. unitedstyle
    on Jan 30th, 2010
    @ 12:43 PM

    “Except for the color I think the black oxford is great.” That was hilarious. You should call the other color “faded black.”

    I think Michael’s been pretty straight up about the intentions of the blog, especially since the redesign a few months ago. I think we’re all smart enough to know when any blogger is writing about something they found on their own and when they are in direct contact with the maker of the product.

    I take things with a grain of salt and if I don’t like something or someone, I stop reading. The blog is still free to read, no one is forcing me to read, and I thank Michael and the other bloggers I read for taking the time and effort to supply me with a little entertainment each day.

  56. Amory Blaine
    on Jan 31st, 2010
    @ 12:23 PM


    Stop saying stupid shit. Please.

  57. Chal
    on Jan 31st, 2010
    @ 3:11 PM

    Congrats on the item about the shirts in the NY Times Sunday Styles section print edition today.

  58. i love burritos
    on Feb 1st, 2010
    @ 11:14 AM

    Holy shit! Is that a black SINGLE NEEDLE oxford shirt with a FLAP POCKET! I came to this site cause I heard dude was changing the classic Americana game but this is almost too much. Man, I wish the Gap had the balls to make shirts as edgy as this.

    Visionary stuff dude. You have replaced Nigo as my fashion hero.

  59. Randy
    on Feb 2nd, 2010
    @ 2:27 PM

    what’s an oxford shirt?

  60. Russell Sprouts
    on Feb 2nd, 2010
    @ 4:43 PM

    Dear ACL peanut gallery,

    Inhale, repeat, relax. IT’S MEN’S CLOTHING.

  61. Michael
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 5:42 PM

    Received my black oxford today and it is a great shirt. Keep up the great work Michael!