Archives for November 2012 | A Continuous Lean.

Previewing Pop Up Flea V

Nov 29th, 2012 | Categories: Pop Up Flea | by Michael Williams

With the fifth ever Pop Up Flea which is taking place this weekend (kick-off tomorrow at 3pm), we decided to organize a little preview of what folks can expect at the event. We called up four vendors (Ted Harrington from Terrapin Stationers, Alexander Olch, Ben Clymer from Hodinkee and Chris and Kirk Bray from Billykirk) to talk about what people can expect to see from them at this year’s PUF and we also wanted to hear about their past experiences at the flea. Just a little taste of what is to come.

We have a huge line-up of great people with all sorts of amazing stuff to check out, so if you are in NYC make your way over to Pop Up Flea. Time and other info below. See you there.

Pop Up Flea V
Friday, Nov 30th 3pm – 9pm
Saturday, Dec. 1st 11am – 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 2nd 11am – 6pm

Drive-In Studios
443 W. 18th Street (nr. 10th Ave.)





Around the Corner | Pop Up Flea V

Nov 27th, 2012 | Categories: Pop Up Flea | by Michael Williams

An update with the vendor list for Pop Up Flea V that is taking place this coming weekend at 443 W. 18th Street.We have some really exciting new vendors and additions to PUF this time around with two floors of shops that will be full of interesting and compelling vendors from all over the United States. We will also have more than just clothing — expect everything from classic cars to home goods, vintage watches and a huge amount of other well-made stuff.

Additionally, Levi’s Vintage Clothing has taken over an entire studio on the second floor of the Pop Up Flea for ‘The Biker”, an exhibit of hand painted leather motorcycle jackets and also features books, photos, and other materials from the archive of  with photographer Danny Lyon. The PUF is the only place in NYC to see the LVC exhibit, so now is the time people.

Everything kicks off this Friday at 3pm and runs through Sunday. Hope to see you all there. [The Pop Up Flea]





The Man in Full: The JP Williams Interview.

Nov 15th, 2012 | Categories: Art, David Coggins, Denim | by David Coggins

To know JP Williams is to enjoy the pleasure of his company while being continually surprised by his relentless aesthetic sensibility. He’s a creative director and designer, a Southerner who’s traveled widely. He maintains his singular blog and just happened to have been painted by the late Richard Merkin. He wears white shoes and drinks gin year-round, which is a lesson for all the kids out there. He has an exhibition opening tonight at Mondo Cane in Tribeca, Little Things: A Flaneur’s Finds, that’s full of brilliant, idiosyncratic objects that are carefully considered without losing their light touch.

JP’s range of knowledge is unmatched, his perspective is even better. What follows is one of the most wide-ranging interviews we’ve ever conducted. He’s a friend of ACL. and believe it when we tell you we’re proud of that fact.

David Coggins: Let’s talk about your collections and the objects you made.

JP Williams: I have different categories of collections. And one of them is that when I travel around the world I always buy a ball of twine. I go to a hardware store or a market. So each one that I’ve had cast is from a different place, one of them is called Florence, one is called Dusseldorf. This one is from the Paris flea market, it must be from the 1840s. There’s a little bit of a character to them. When the economy was poor, instead of buying things I started looking at my collections. That’s why I started the blog. I started to revisit box after box of things. Then I started writing the stories behind them. I have a great memory for detail.





Levi’s x Brooks Brothers c.1937

Nov 13th, 2012 | Categories: Denim, Tokyo, Vintage | by Michael Williams

Not surprisingly, one of the most interesting things I saw in Tokyo was an old pair of jeans from Levi’s at Pueblo. I’ve seen similar jeans like this before, but not specifically anything co-labeled like these 501s were. Judging from the detailing seen here, these jeans were made specifically for Brooks Brothers anywhere from 1937 to 1942. Pueblo’s owner and resident vintage hunter, Eiji Asakawa told me that before he found these specific jeans he has never seen another pair like them. I’m not a Levi’s vintage expert (though, full disclosure, we do work with Levi’s on several projects) I too have never seen or heard of jeans like these, which is pretty amazing thing to happen in San Francisco or Tokyo.





The Pop Up Flea Rises

Nov 9th, 2012 | Categories: Pop Up Flea | by Michael Williams


Pop Up Flea returns for the 5th time. We’ve been working hard over the last few months to bring together a great group for a weekend of menswear fun in New York City. Expect to meet the people behind your favorite brands, get prepared to see exclusive products and plan on discovering something new at what should be the best Pop Up Flea yet. Dates and location information are below. A full vendor list will be announced shortly. Mark your calendar, save the date and join us at Pop Up Flea 5.

*New Location*
443 West 18th Street (btw 9th & 10th Ave.), NYC
November 30th, December 1st & 2nd, 2012

More on the history of Pop Up Flea here.




Shopping Tokyo | Pueblo

Nov 7th, 2012 | Categories: Tokyo, Vintage, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

So much of Tokyo is tucked away in a small alleyways or hidden upstairs in a plain-looking office buildings that if you aren’t actively looking for things you probably won’t find the really good stuff. Part of this is because Tokyo rents are amazingly expensive, and part of it seems to be based on the thrill of the hunt. Such is the case for the vintage shop Pueblo. The owner Eiji Asakawa keeps a sign out front, but unless you know what you are looking for or are an adventurous sort you are probably going to miss the place. There are so many randomly named places in Harajuku that if you were to check everything out you would probably just spend most of your day discovering hair salons. The Japanese obsession with hair is something I can’t even begin to understand. The Japanese obsession with vintage Americana, that I have a better idea about.