Menswear | A Continuous Lean.

The Brands from Scotland Yarn.

Dec 17th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Made in Scotland, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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“Scotland: The land of a thousand knitters. Or at least, we used to be.”

It might not be the most appealing tourism slogan, but the truth rarely is. With cheaper prices and shorter lead-times lying further to the East, countless brands have exported their knitwear production to Asia, leaving many Scottish factories without enough orders to stay afloat. The knitwear industry reaches back to the late 1700’s, when the first framing guides arrived in Scotland allowing craftspeople to churn out their fine knits at a faster pace.  Scotland once had over two thousand knitwear manufacturers, today that figure is closer to a couple hundred, if that.





Implements of Winter (Hand) Survival.

Dec 15th, 2014 | Categories: Accessories, Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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During Ernest Shackleton’s first expedition to Antarctica from 1901-1903, he and his crew experienced scurvy, snow blindness, and of course frostbite. We’ll never truly be able to understand just how bad things got for team Shackleton (and they got very bad, proof here), but we will be damned if there aren’t days where our fingers feel like they could just snap off at any moment. Yes, it’s hyperbolic to compare our average icy conditions to Antarctic extremes, but we don’t think many of us are venturing to the south pole anytime soon, so for those of us that brave the standard “below-freezing-but-still-not-cold-enough-to-turn-your-thumb-black” weather here are some gloves to keep your fingers free from frost this winter.





Previewing Pop Up Flea 2014.

Dec 10th, 2014 | Categories: Made in the USA, Menswear, Pop Up Flea | by ACL Editors

This week, we hit the streets (with Drones-in-hand thanks to our crack director Kellen Dengler) to give you a taste of what to expect from this weekend’s Pop Up Flea here in NYC. We visited with a handful of local friends and PUF vendors to see the awesomeness that they have planned for this weekend’s event. Be sure to come by the Met Pavilion to #ShopSmall this weekend to experience PUF in its full seventy-plus vendor glory.

#PUFNYC

125 West 18th Street (nr. 6th Ave)
New York City

Friday, Dec 12th: 3pm to 8pm
Saturday, Dec 13th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, Dec 14th: 12pm to 6pm

Free Entry. Open to the public.





Barbour’s Many Bedfellows.

Dec 9th, 2014 | Categories: Collaborations, Jake Gallagher, Made in England, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Barbour’s been busy. One hundred twenty years after they were founded in South Shields, England, Barbour’s creative output is as high as ever. Not only does the brand’s main line now consist of a handful of collections, including heritage, sporting, and cycling, but the company continues to widen the reach, bringing new collaborations into the fold with each passing season. These collaborations are as varied and interesting as Barbour’s audience, ranging from a mammoth global corporation like Adidas, down to smaller shops such as Soto Berlin. Our count stands at seven collaborations thus far this year, but considering their track record, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Barbour’s collaborations climb into the double digits for 2015.

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Barbour x Norton & Sons Heritage Collection





Coming Home | Pop Up Flea NYC

Dec 8th, 2014 | Categories: Menswear, New York City, Pop Up Flea | by ACL Editors

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After traveling around the world these past few months, next weekend The Pop Up Flea lands back home in New York City just in time for the holidays. This is the grand poobah of all The Pop Up Flea’s, with over seventy brands  joining us at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea for our largest event ever. From five year vets like Billykirk, Alexander Olch, and Tanner Goods to first-timers Waltzing Matilda, Garrett Wade, Tudor and Askov Finlayson we’ll have all the finely crafted curiosities that you’ve come to expect from team PUF since 2009. Adding to the New York event this year will an indigo dying station from Buaisou, which we first introduced earlier this year in Japan and many more options for one-of-a-kind finds. This is the big one, so don’t miss it. More info and the complete brand list after the jump.

#PUFNYC

125 West 18th Street (nr. 6th Ave)
New York City

Friday, Dec 12th: 3pm to 8pm
Saturday, Dec 13th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, Dec 14th: 12pm to 6pm

Free Entry. Open to the public.





Rare Weaves | A Conversation Through Clothing

Dec 4th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Made in the USA, Menswear, New York City | by Jake Gallagher

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“When I bring that to life…..” Hartley Goldstein’s voice trails off as he points to one of the many stacks of folded fabrics that are littered throughout his apartment like textile sandcastles. Hartley motions to these mounds again and again during my visit, less like a school teacher pointing at the blackboard, and more like a movie director walking me through storyboards. On the surface, they’re just lumps of faded indigo and patchwork scraps, but Hartley sees them as stories. Not just the stories of the past that these textiles, many of which are hundreds of years old, carry, but the stories that Hartley is yet to tell with them.

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Stay Toasty My Friends

Dec 2nd, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

Carnegie

Winter is a season of plenty. Plenty of layers, plenty of food, plenty of celebrations, plenty of fires, and plenty of Chapstick. Hell, the only thing winter seems to lack for is digits on the thermometer. With this in mind, winter is also a season of bulking up. Summer is for striping down, winter is for packing on. And we’re not talking about pounds, we’re talking about clothes. No one likes to think of adding on clothing when it’s blazing hot out, but by the time that first snow blows in, you’ll want to be ready with more layers than a vidalia onion. So in the spirit of staying warm, here’s our visual guide to a highly insulated Winter.