As we all gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for all that is good in our lives, allow us to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. It’s been a tradition at the house of ACL to mark the day with this Errol Morris directed promotional material for Miller’s High Life beer as it most wonderfully captures the quirky and quintessentially American sentiment of the holiday. So here’s to a great day of thanks, a bountiful meal of delicious food, cheap (or craft) beer, football family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving. And remember, convenience is the enemy.
And…we’re back. This May we are holding our first spring/summer Pop Up Flea event since the first PUF back in 2009. It’s been an amazing run for PUF and each incarnation has managed to raise the bar and push the limits of what we thought possible. It’s been the perfect opportunity to take the conversation analog and hit the IRL button with your favorite designers and makers. This coming PUFSUN should continue that tradition, only the fabrics will be lighter and brighter.
It’s all happening in a few weeks, mark it down on your calendars, save the date and plan on being there. We’ve got a super summer line-up of brands, exclusive items and well-made things all under one roof. Pure and simple it’s a short-term shop full of long-term goods. All of the details are below:
May 9th // 3-8pm
May 10th // 11am – 7pm
May 11th // 12-6pm
123 West 18th Street (nr. 6th Ave)
New York City
Please pardon the interruption to your Japanese magazine reading as we pause for small note of housekeeping.
We’ve been making some small changes around here in anticipation of some larger changes. First of all, we have updated the email newsletter functionality for the site and our new system is a huge improvement. If you are on the legacy system (which would be anyone that had signed up to receive ACL via email before this past Monday; the old emails say “Powered by Google” at the bottom) then you can sign up for the new newsletter here and then unsubscribe to the old newsletter. If you like things how you have it, no need to do anything. If you want that ‘new new’, then make the jump.
Unfortunately, when Google mothballed Feedburner everything we had was trapped in a world of no-tech-support limbo and there’s nothing we can do to change it. We went so far as to consult with Neil deGrasse Tyson* this past fall to try and work the science to get back into our Feedburner, but to no avail. Then he got busy with Cosmos and we had to scrap the program. But the new email is great (powered by Sendicate, if you don’t know, now you know) and we are excited to share it with you. And so you know, the new email setup is just an RSS feed of content from the site, not promotions. Knowing us, even if we wanted to sell our list it we’d probably end up locking ourselves out of the system making it impossible, so don’t worry about that.
Again, new ACL RSS newsletter signup is here.
In addition to the new email, we have recently switched servers and are running on a super fast new host. The site was previously so slow that our old host must have had ACL running on some Windows 95 equipment in a musty old warehouse in Miami. Sorry if the slowness was annoying to you (though we’re sure if you did find it annoying you would have sent in the hate mail or left nasty comments as seems to be the case with all other grievances large or small), but don’t worry, things are running much quicker now.
Finally, we might redesign the site this year. We’ve been chewing on that for a while and know now that there improvements we want to make. But even if we do make changes, they won’t upset the heritage feng shui we’ve cultivated over the years. Finally, interesting things are happening on our Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t made those connections yet.
That’s it. Thanks for reading and keeping us all honest.
*This is not true. Though we do watch Cosmos every Sunday.
This video and these posts have become a tradition around here. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there. It’s been an amazing five years of doing ACL and it is still exciting to tell stories, discover interesting things and generally share things with you. I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the support from you readers, and for all of the people who work with me on ACL. Let’s all toast with a glass of wine or a High Life or three. I hope all of you have a relaxing day full of football, family and food. And remember, convenience is the enemy.
A note of housekeeping. The last few weeks have had me all over the place — I’ve been to England, Seattle, Portland, New York and will be in Japan for the next week or so. Along the way I have gathered up a bunch of good stuff to share with you from the journey, so expect updates soon. In the mean time here are some pictures from yesterday. Obviously, no trip to Tokyo is complete without sushi shaped donuts. Anything else (new) that I should see? Shout me out in the comments.
Accordingly, the site will be on light duty and posting may be sporadic. Your patience is appreciated. Keep an eye on the ACL Twitter feed and the Instagram updates (same user name, @acontinuouslean) if you want to follow the action live. There should be ample drunkenness.
The second most popular question people ask me via email is about shopping in NYC. (The most popular email is about needed to buy a suit and not knowing where to get started). The idea for a NYC shopping map came after getting many of these frequent queries, and so in the heady days of 2008, the ACL shopping guide to NYC took a bow.
It’s that time of year again, Pop Up Flea time. Come December 2nd, 3rd and 4th we will be holding the fourth edition of our menswear market of desirable new and vintage goods — and all are welcome. We’re excited to release the brand line-up soon, but until them know that we are going to have a lot of the great folks from previous PUFs, and a bunch of great new labels. This could be dangerous — hide your kids, hide your wallet, hide your wife.
159 Bleecker Street, NYC
December 2nd, 3rd & 4th.