Archives for April 2011 | A Continuous Lean.

ACL Field Trip | Made in Italy

Apr 29th, 2011 | Categories: Made in Italy 2011 | by Michael Williams

In an effort to further explore the concept of “craft” and what “made in” means to countries other than America, I will be spending the next eight days all over Italy with some of the most well respected menswear companies in the world. I’ve got my 5D MKII, a pair of Red Wings, notebook, a bag full of Steven Alan shirts and a lot to learn. Posting will be intermittent and your patience is appreciated. You can always follow the espresso-powered live action via the ACL Twitter feed.

Alexander Olch for ACL & Co.

Apr 28th, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., ACL SHOP | by Michael Williams

We at ACL & Co. teamed up with our designer & filmmaker friend Alexander Olch to create a small collection of repp stripe neckties and bowties for spring. The repp stripe patterns and colors are inspired by an old men’s shop catalog from the early 1960s and remade exclusively for the ACL & Co. by a mill in England. All eight different silk ties were then handmade in Alexander Olch’s factory in Brooklyn, New York to exacting standards that one has come to expect from an Alexander Olch production.

We started talking about these ties a long long time ago and are proud to finally see them be released just in time for the escapades that coincide with warmer weather. And keeping in mind those positive changes in temperature, one might even consider these ties appropriate for a drink or two on the grass by a windmill. We leave those adventures up to you. Just don’t forget us when you head to the bar. [Alexander Olch for ACL & Co.]


Adventures in Lambo Land

Apr 27th, 2011 | Categories: Automobiles | by Michael Williams

The guys from UrbanDaddy’s awesome new auto site Driven sent me on assignment to test drive the new Lamborghini Gallardo at a private track in Monticello, New York. You can’t make this stuff up. Read all about it here: [Mr. ACL Meets the New Lambo]

At Auction: Nautical Curiosities from J.P. Morgan’s Corsair

Apr 27th, 2011 | Categories: Auctions, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern

The second in a series of enormous steam yachts named Corsair was built for J.P. Morgan in 1890 by Neafie & Levy of Philadelphia, replacing an earlier craft used by the financier as a ferry between his Hudson River estate and office on Wall St. In 1897 the 241-ft. Corsair II became the flagship of the famed New York Yacht Club when Morgan was elected Commodore; in 1898 it was bought by the government and renamed the USS Gloucester, serving as a gunship in the Spanish-American War. Morgan, who commissioned an even larger Corsair to replace it, entertained great men of the day from Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison to Mark Twain aboard the floating mansions fitted with every possible luxury.

Grown & Sewn’s Permanent Home

Apr 25th, 2011 | Categories: Khaki, New York City, Retail | by Michael Williams

To help launch the brand in the fall of 2009, khaki outfitter Grown & Sewn opened a temporary shop in an art gallery on one of the best looking blocks of TriBeCa. With a few seasons under its belt and a good following with American-made khaki loving gents, the New York based label recently took up a more permanent residence on Franklin Street (again in TriBeCa) catty-corner from Steven Alan’s Annex shop and not far from the Liquor Store.


Apr 25th, 2011 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • E-tailers are using “editorial content that shepherds visitors through the corridors of male personal style.”  [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Shameless plug for our Tumblr of material pursuits. [The Material Review] [Pictured]
  • Valet gets in on the EDC action with pocket knife recommendations [Valet]
  • Mark McNairy’s wife interviews him while he is trying to watch Dirty Harry. [House of McNairy]
  • David Pogue reviews the Fujifilm x100…thereby making it even more elusive. [The New York Times]

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ACL & Co. x Terrapin Stationers | Classing Up Twitter

Apr 22nd, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., Made in New York | by Michael Williams

The worst part about calling cards is the potential for people to actually call you. Because let’s be honest, the only time you want to see that phone number deployed is to a new lady friend. Even with that limited use we stand behind everything calling cards stand for: class, tradition, quality and of course, simplicity. With that in mind, we here at ACL teamed up with Ted Harrington and Terrapin Stationers to create an engraved Twitter calling card; finally classing up that age old “follow me on Twitter” conversation. We loved the idea of mixing such a traditional thing with something as frivolous as Twitter.

Terrapin has these on offer in its shop: $125 for a set of 100. Everything is hand engraved in New York City and you get the copper plate with the order. [Terrapin Stationers]