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The Man in the White Suit

Jul 27th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Movies | by Jake Gallagher

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Five years before the debut of the classic, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit came the release of another “The Man in the…” movie on the other side of the pond. The Man in the White Suit, which was produced by Ealing Studios and stared Alec Guinness, is far less famous than its flanneled counterpart, but is still widely considered to be one of the finest British films of the post-war period. The titles are hardly the only similarity between these two films, they both explore the existential dilemma that many people experienced following World War Two, but while The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit takes a stern approach to this subject, The Man in the White Suit follows a more comical route. Nonetheless, both films capture the insecurities of a postwar period in which the scale of life suddenly loomed large and the ever onward march of progress left many men questioning where exactly they fit into the world.

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Blue Blue Japan | The Indigo Obsessives

Jul 21st, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Japan, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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A good friend of mine, upon being questioned about the lack of color within his wardrobe, replied that he “wears lots of colors, they just all happen to be blue.” His answer, aside from being a prime example of a good ol’ dad joke, could also be an unofficial mantra for men’s style in 2014.

From Carolina to cobalt to cerulean and every shade in between the men’s clothing spectrum has officially been (dip) dyed blue, and no brand is relishing in this indigo obsession quite like the aptly named Blue Blue Japan. Not all of BBJ’s broad collection is blue, but their most intriguing pieces feature at least one, if not many shades of the color.





Arnold Palmer | The Swinging King of the Polo

Jul 20th, 2014 | Categories: Americana, Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Sports, Style | by Jake Gallagher

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With seven major golf championships, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a spot in the PGA Hall of Fame, and one helluva refreshing beverage to his name Arnold Palmer has racked up quite the cache of accolades in his day, but we think he’s deserving of just one more – The King of the Polo Shirt. During his dominating run through the professional golf circuit in the late fifties and sixties Palmer was best known for three things: his immaculate swing, his unflappable attitude, and his endless supply of polo shirts.

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John Elliott’s Elevated Basics.

Jul 17th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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If you ever question the extent of American menswear’s New York bias just try to name a handful of Los Angeles based labels. If you’re actually able to hit number five, than you’re a better man than I, but regardless of how many brands you’re personally able to recall, it’s undeniable that when it comes to men’s clothing L.A. is New York’s little brother. While some might view this secondary status as a negative, it only seems to fuel the fire of budding designer John Elliott. Elliott, who got his start sourcing denim for Simon Miller, started his eponymous label in 2012 in San Francisco, but soon moved to L.A., and when he speaks of his adopted hometown he does so with a fervor that’s infectious. He describes L.A. as “the last wild west” for creative entrepreneurs such as himself, and even though my East Coast inclinations run deep, I catch myself nodding in agreement.





Arpenteur | France’s Past is Present

Jul 15th, 2014 | Categories: France, Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Blue, white, and yellow. Three simple colors that make up Arpenteur’s collections. Sure, there’s shades of blue tossed in there, some of which border right up next to grey, and sometimes green or red will surface, but generally Arpenteur’s designers Marc and Laurent Bourven keep their palate as refined as possible. In fact, this understated approach runs consistently throughout all facets of Arpenteur’s collections, which update, but do not radicalize classic French workwear designs.

For a pair of young designers the Bourven’s (who are cousins, not siblings) are armed with an enormous respect for their French heritage. And that’s heritage in terms of both clothing and history alike. Their designs are simple, coastal inspired workwear pieces, including pullover fisherman smocks, Breton striped shirts, and bright yellow parkas with matching bucket hats. To produce these items the Lyon based brand has utilizies traditional factories across France to ensure that their collections not only mirror the look of classic French workwear, but the durability as well.





Aloha Shirts | The Non-Essential Essential

Jul 14th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Essential. Rarely has there been a more overused word when talking about clothing. Every store, blog, publication, and schmo at the end of the bar seems to be touting whatever item they want to peddle that season as a bona fide essential. While we here at ACL would never claim that you can’t live without any singular piece of clothing, we will declare that summer you should certainly buck up and invest in a Hawaiian shirt. Will your heart stop beating without one? Certainly not. But you will miss out on the one time of year that you can actually wear a shirt that’s covered in flowers without raising some eyebrows. So in honor of our Aloha shirt obsession we bring you the best floral button ups for summer. Short sleeve only, cause you know, suns out guns out.





RRL Takes to the High Seas.

Jul 13th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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RRL is a brand founded upon the notion of immersion. Whereas Polo, Purple Label, and the other labels that make up the Ralph Lauren portfolio tend to be an amalgam of various influences, RRL’s collections delve completely into a singular concept. Take their most recent delivery for example, an almost all blue and off-white collection of sea-inspired designs that look as if they were unearthed in a WWII-era footlocker. Deep indigo jackets and striped pullovers have become somewhat expected from RRL over the past few years, but like all of their collections, this Naval derived offering is distinguished by its details. Shawl collars, hooked clasps, angular pockets, sea-soaked blues, and even an anchor or two delineate the collection as an homage to the ocean. Add RRL’s archive inspired cuts and a Dixie cup hat into the mix and you’re so close to the sea, you can almost taste it.

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