Menswear | A Continuous Lean.

A Noisy Process for Some Quiet Products.

Apr 14th, 2015 | Categories: Accessories, Made in New York, Menswear | by ACL Editors

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If you stand underneath the Williamsburg Bridge on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, you’ll immediately notice the thundering clang of the subway overhead. But, if you listen real carefully in between the passing of the cars, you also might hear another noise – the steady symphony emitting from Maximum Henry’s South Williamsburg studio. The care that Henry puts into the products which bear his name can be heard in each drop of the hammer, snip from a pair of sheers, or whirr of the sewing machine. Since founding his eponymous label in 2010, Henry has always done things the hard way. Be it a belt, a bag, or a bifold, Henry has a direct hand in each step of the production process. Nonetheless, Henry has managed to grow his brand considerably over the past five years, and his collection now not only includes the aforementioned leather goods, but also guitar straps, gold cuffs, and cardholders.

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The L.A. Style of Bloomingdale’s Icons West.

Apr 6th, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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Style Notes from the Left Coast.

As a follow up to the hugely popular Bloomingdale’s Icons editorial last fall, we’ve been tapped this spring to help explore the style of 7 of L.A.’s best dressed guys for the newly launched Icons West. It’s an exploration of California style through the lens of these talented guys which include an all-star chef, a LACMA curator, talented designer, esteemed producer and L.A.’s foremost footwear philanthropist. Each person in this group of well dressed gentlemen exudes a personal style which is uniquely their own — with a shared sensibility of the laid back Southern California vibe. Take eyewear designer and man-about-town Garrett Leight’s relaxed style which centers on one unique piece which makes his look pop. Or chef Roy Choi’s preference for patterned graphics that take a moment to figure out. East or West Coast, it’s a stylish group regardless of their location.

Everyone has a different approach with creating their own look when it comes to influences, approach and labels they love, and the LA Icons campaign hits all of the right notes when it comes to expressing that personal style. There’s nothing like taking 7 style-focused and successful real guys, opening them up to all of Bloomingdale’s great brands and letting their style serve as the inspiration for the season. [LA ICONS]

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All Together Now | Brands Unite at Bloomingdale’s

Mar 31st, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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There’s a whole lot going on at Bloomingdale’s this spring, and it’s centered around some of our favorite designers. The iconic retailer has gathered the collective strength of Wings & Horns, Champion by Todd Snyder, Saturdays Surf, Gant Rugger and Steven Alan all together in one place. It’s the hard work of a great group of very well respected people including Fashion Director Kevin Harter and his deputy Josh Peskowitz — two men who I know and respect tremendously.

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Kicks for a King.

Mar 23rd, 2015 | Categories: Accessories, Menswear, Shoes | by ACL Editors

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It’s said that you can judge a man by his shoes but this goes doubly true for his slippers. In public you’re dignified, distinguished, or at the very least not disheveled. A man’s home is his castle though, and you should look the part. This means dressing like a king. A very comfortable king. Many men these days unfortunately forgo them altogether, but we still believe that slippers are a crucial component of any at home outfit. The power of the slipper lies not in its comfort (it goes without saying that a good pair of slippers should feel like you’re stepping into a cloud) but in the message they send to visitors – You’re in shoes, I’m in slippers, I’m in charge here. So here now are our favorite slippers fit for a king, even if your kingdom is little more than a shoebox studio apartment.





Not Just for Slobs Anymore.

Mar 18th, 2015 | Categories: Menswear | by ACL Editors

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What a long, strange trip it has been for the world’s most polarizing piece of clothing – the sweatpant. Over the past few years, sweatpants have evolved from uniform of the underutilized (looking at you George Costanza) to high fashion fodder. For as strange as it may seem though, the recent rise of the sweatpant makes perfect sense. No other item embodies the dualistic (and often conflicting) nature of menswear in 2015. We want our clothes relaxed, yet refined. We want things to be comfortable, without appearing sloppy. We want both crisp and casual in equal measure. And that brings us to the sweatpant. Or as described by countless buzz-wordy product descriptions, the “tailored,” “tapered,” “slim,” and/or “dress” sweatpant.





Pleat It Forward

Mar 17th, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Style | by ACL Editors

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George Carlin had his famous “seven dirty words,” but in menswear we really have just one: pleats. At a time when even sweatpants have become stylish, nothing says, “I’ve given up” quite like a pair of pleated pants. They’re the uniform for the uninformed, pants for men who dress literally and figuratively in the dark.

During the “great menswear enlightenment” of the mid-aughts, pleats came to represent all that was wrong with the average male wardrobe. Flat fronted pants weren’t just a more streamlined option, they were the only option for those that were in the know. Men that wore pleats didn’t realize, or worse didn’t care, that that their bloated trousers looked terrible. The general assumption became that if you wore pleated pants, you just didn’t get it. And no man ever wants to be accused of that.

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Canada’s Menswear Mecca.

Mar 11th, 2015 | Categories: Canada, Design, Menswear | by ACL Editors

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Consider this a public service announcement: it’s high time we all start paying attention to Vancouver. While we’ve been busy paying attention to whatever is happening in New York, or L.A., or even Toronto, Vancouver has quietly pieced together one of the most interesting menswear design communities not just in the Americas but in the world. With a small, yet impressive crop of young stores and brands, Vancouver has become a case-study in the power of autonomy. Free from, but not ignorant of, the goings-on in the traditional hotspots, Vancouver’s menswear community has flourished over the past few years, carving out an acute aesthetic which appeals to an audience far beyond the Canadian border.