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Black Watch and Orange | London Undercover x ACL & Co.

Dec 2nd, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co. | by Michael Williams

Last year Jamie Milestone (of London Undercover) and I first collaborated on a Black Watch plaid and orange cashmere scarf a scheme I lauded as “world’s greatest color combination.” Well, we didn’t have any intention at stopping at a simple scarf. So this year we got together and made up another collab, but one closer to London Undercover’s roots. We took the same wonderful color combo and made a limited edition London Undercover x ACL & Co. umbrella. Along the way, we’ve basically discovered that everything looks better in Black Watch and orange, this not being the exception.

More info from Mr. Milestone about our newest collaboration:

When we both met in Paris to discuss the project, we pointed out that it was in fact, our French cousins who first turned the modern Parasol into a waterproof rain umbrella. It very quickly crossed the pond and took off in London… much to the dismay of local coachmen who were doing very nicely transporting locals around in the rain. It felt fitting that we develop the umbrella in one of the oldest factories in France

Mark McNairy x ACL & Co. Brogue Boots

Aug 5th, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., ACL SHOP | by Michael Williams

One of the first product collaborations that landed in the ACL Shop back when it all began was with my friend Mark McNairy on a few pairs of special English-made shoes. That was in November of 2009 and Mark has gone on to do a million different combinations for his Mark McNairy New Amsterdam collection, but one of the my favorite styles from his line was always the country brogue with the white vibram sole.

My personal style tends to lean me more towards boots than shoes, which is why I teamed up with McNairy again to make two new special styles of the aforementioned country brogues. And I have to say, Mark and I are both pretty thrilled with how the boots turned out. And so, launching today in the ACL Shop are two limited-run of Mark McNairy New Amsterdam brogue boots made exclusively for ACL & Co. The seven-eyelet brogue boots both feature a natural storm (Goodyear) welt, white Vibram soles and outdoor laces, pairing a more refined shape with more rugged details. Made in England and available now in the ACL Shop. [Mark McNairy x ACL & Co.]

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.]


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]

Tellason for ACL & Co.

Jan 30th, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., ACL SHOP, Collaborations, Denim | by Michael Williams

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.

Wear It Down

Nov 28th, 2010 | Categories: ACL & Co., How To | by Michael Williams

A while back I gave Nick Maggio one of the bags I made with the gents from Billykirk as a thank you for Nick’s help on a project I had going. Nick is generally pretty darn helpful with stuff and this bag could never have totally conveyed my eternal debt to him, but it was a good start. After Nick received the bag he told me he was gonna wash it and fuck it up a bit — something that definitely sounded intriguing. A few weeks later I followed-up to see how things turned out. Was it a success or did he really fuck things up?

ACL & Co. Canvas Bags at SHIPS Tokyo

Sep 19th, 2010 | Categories: ACL & Co., Housekeeping, Japan | by Michael Williams

Our very own ACL & Co. canvas bags have landed in Tokyo at SHIPS, one of our all time favorite stores. The bags are for sale now (and in the window) at the Ginza outpost in you are in the area, check them out. [SHIPS 3-4-15, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN]