As far as special products go, it was a natural for me to collaborate with Tellason on a special pair of jeans for the ACL Shop. We share similar perspectives when it comes to denim and more importantly we both possess a commitment to American manufacturing, especially when it comes to jeans.
I first met Tony Patella and Pete Searson, the founders of the brand, two years ago through a mutual friend. Tony and Pete have worked in the business for some time, but were just getting started with Tellason when our paths crossed. I was impressed with what they were doing with Tellason. It was around that same time that I interviewed Tony to help introduce Tellason to the ACL faithful.
We started talking about doing a special run of jeans as a collaboration about a year ago. To me the direction was obvious, let’s create a modified fit that was special for the ACL Shop. I liked the originally Tellason fit (called the Strummer / John Graham Mellor) but wanted something that was a little less skinny, had a bit more anti-fit and was in general more relaxed. What we came up with has the proportional balance of the original Tellason fit with a little more comfort. The ACL Fit as it became known (I think Tony has been secretly calling it the “Husky” fit — which I’m sure is not a reference to me) has a slightly higher rise in the front, a higher rise in the back, a bit of a wider leg and runs straight from the knee to the leg opening. It is a true straight leg jean. All of the Tellason for ACL & Co. jeans are made from Cone White Oak selvedge denim and are of course made in the United States of America. Even the leather patch is made in the USA from the guys at Tanner Goods in Portland. In the true spirit of America we even made sure to run the jeans up to a size 40 — so man-sized MF’ers don’t feel left out.
The jeans pictured in this post arrived to me about the time of the Pop Up Flea and I have been wearing them ever since. This weekend I gave them their first rinse/wash and am very pleased with the fit, the wear and the overall quality. I would probably never attempt to develop a pair of jeans on my own because it is such a tricky process, but working with Tony and Pete from Tellason has been a really great experience. I’m really proud of our collaboration jeans and am happy to support all of the non-skinny jean wearing folks in the world. Regular sized fellas need jeans too. [Tellason for ACL & Co. $198]