Of all the great menswear shops in New York, Paul Stuart arguably has the best windows of any of them. Known as the more European-American answer to a preppy Brooks, Paul Stuart’s windows wrap all the way around the Madison Avenue storefront and down a good stretch of 45th Street, telling a great story in the process. To kick off it’s fall season Paul Stuart culled together a group of menswear folks — Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan, Chris Callis and Woody Hines from Men of Habit, Lawrence Schlossman from Sartorially Inclined and your humble correspondent — to rig out its windows in a homage to plaid and tweed.
During my time with ACL, out of all the things I have been approached to do this was probably the most fun. All it basically required is a few hours at Paul Stuart pulling a bunch of clothes for the looks — an experience I likened to a sort of menswear supermarket sweep. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon and I think all of the windows turned out great. It’s honestly a huge honor to walk down Madison Avenue and see the ACL logo on the front of such an iconic store.