Archives for November 2013 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 3


Nov 18th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • Simple, smart and well-considered. Gear Patrol’s home run GP100. [Gear Patrol]
  • Leave it to the Dutch to design a crazy-awesome camp cooking kit like this. [The Scout]
  • 50 years to the day, CBS will stream its coverage of the JFK assassination. [The Verge]
  • “A clean in-box contributes no value.” Lessons in productivity. [Businessweek]
  • The adventures and good-looking Stumptown gear from Danner and West America. [Danner] [Pictured]

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Public Supply | Noble Notebooks

Nov 15th, 2013 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Office Supplies | by Jake Gallagher


In New York City, between the 2006 and the 2010 school years, funding for arts education was slashed by a staggering eighty-five percent, just one of the countless cuts that schools across America have experienced in their budgets for the arts. Thanks to the pressure of Standardized Tests and minimum result requirements, American school systems no longer have enough room in their budgets to properly fund classes about the arts, music, and other subjects that can’t be measured with a multiple choice test.

This loss of funding is a growing problem, and pinpointing a solution has become somewhat like hitting a moving target, but the folks over at Public Supply have nailed it dead center with their collection of charitable stationery. Founded earlier this year by a group of friends that work in and around the creative industry, Public Supply’s goal was simple: to provide kids with that same access to arts education that they all had when they were growing up. To achieve this, the Public Supply team designed a series of 5 x 8 notebooks and number 2 pencils, all made right here on the East Coast, to be sold throughout the world (we saw them first at Harry’s Barber), with twenty five percent of the proceeds going directly towards funding arts education in America.

Hillary and Norgay | Back on Level Ground

Nov 13th, 2013 | Categories: History, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher


Few stories inspire quite like that of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s 1953 Everest climb. While Hillary and Norgay’s pioneering Everest expedition has remained one of the most fabled tales of all time, influencing everyone from other explorers, to Nigel Cabourn, to Mr. Lean himself the duo’s legacy stretches far beyond the mountain. Hillary and Norgay might be best known for those shots of them grinning at the summit in some seriously covetable parkas, but the photos of them back on level ground, still grinning in their rakish suits and eccentric outfits are just as notable. Stay humble, on and off the mountain. —JG

60 Years Since Hillary And Norgay Summit Everest

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Inside Cartier’s Tank Factory

Nov 13th, 2013 | Categories: Watches | by Michael Williams

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The whole point of this blog, from the beginning way back in 2007, was to find out more about the things that have stood the test of time, to delve into the things that we love and find out why and how they are made. Not long ago, I traveled to Switzerland with Cartier to learn about the history of its famous Tank watches, and to see the newest member of the Tank tribe, the Tank MC, come to life. To be able to have access to the people, process and history that goes into something as unique and important as a Cartier watch, let alone, a Tank, is an important moment for both ACL as an aesthetic minded medium, and also for me personally. Because, there are few things in this world that as closely link men and style together more than the Cartier Tank watch. If I were never allowed to see another factory after this, deep down I would always know I went out on top.

The Cartier factory sits in a small town called La Chaux-de-Fonds, situated squarely in the valley between the Jura mountains. This long basin between Geneva and Basel in Switzerland is colloquially known as “Watch Valley,” for both its historical ties to many prominent watchmakers and the area’s continued role at the center of  fine watchmaking. Stand basically anywhere in the area and you can see at least one famous watch brand. I can’t think of another place anywhere in the world where you can find as many significant luxury brands together in one area.

Calling It Early | Noteworthy Albums of 2013.

Nov 10th, 2013 | Categories: Al James, Music | by Al James


These days it’s hard to find an actual musical underground where something new is truly discovered, as virtually every release gets some amount of exposure from writers online and in print. There is a lot of good music out there, it just takes time to wade through it all. So after ten months of wading, these are some of the best, and by that I mean these are the albums that have staying power; the ones that I continue to come back to over and over, the ones that are solid from front to back, the ones that made me actually feel something, the ones that didn’t lose steam or relevance after multiple spins. Like everything else on ACL, these releases are judged on quality, durability and style. Shouldn’t those always be the deciding factors, even with music? Everything listed below is available on download and streaming services, but also at your local record store on LP. – AJ

Wants & Desires | Everything from Kaufmann Mercantile

Nov 8th, 2013 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Wants & Desires | by Jake Gallagher


Kaufmann Mercantile’s online site is a prime example of online retail at its finest. Arriving on the site feels about as close to entering a physical shop as a website can get, and from there the experience only builds. In a world of convoluted webshops that are far more flash than function, Kaufmann Mercantile hits the sweet spot, providing a clean, easy to navigate layout that makes for an ideal backdrop to their collection of exquisite essentials.

Kaufmann boasts that they only select one percent of all the products they review, but don’t mistake that for snobbery, for it’s this highly selective approach that makes Kaufmann’s site so remarkable. What began as eight products has now grown to six hundred items across ten categories, covering everything from barware to camping gear. The diverse assortment would make Dieter Rams proud, providing items that are as beautiful as they are practical. While you could easily lose more than a few hours down the Kaufmann Mercantile rabbit hole, we decided to give you all a starting point with some of our favorite items available on the site right now. -JG


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The American International Vest.

Nov 6th, 2013 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Made in the USA, Outerwear | by Jake Gallagher


Brass snaps imported from Japan. Horween leather details from Chicago. Italian Styling.

Reading off this laundry list of clothing components, you might be thinking to yourself that I’m describing some designer parka that’s all glory, without the guts. I’m happy to report that this is furthest thing from the truth, in fact, looking at the pair of vests from this Archival Clothing x Crescent Down Works tie-up, you’d be more likely to say something along the lines of “that’s it?” But, I’d go as far as to say that that’s the point, as AC and CDW have created two vests that prove that function will always override fashion.