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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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Pajamas | The Downtime Dress Code.

Jul 12th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Leisure Rules.” And never has leisure ruled more than right now, in the wake of a seemingly endless winter with the mellow days of Summer just around the corner. It’s not exactly in the carefree spirit to say so, but if ever there was an “official” uniform of relaxing it would be pajamas. Doing nothing is serious business, and the dress code for that is undoubtedly pajamas, so kick your feet up, stay in bed, and bask in the sheepish vibes as we rattle off our favorite pj’s.





Boglioli Spring/Summer ’15 – La Dolce Vita.

Jul 8th, 2014 | Categories: Italy, Jake Gallagher, Made in Italy, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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The Boglioli story has always begun with the jacket. Soft shouldered and unstructured, this small wonder of casual tailoring (my favorite pseudo-oxymoron) has defined Boglioli since their inception nearly a century ago. And yet, with their Spring/Summer ’15 collection Boglioli has made it ever more clear that to them the jacket is just the introduction. While some Italian labels have been content to rest on their soft-shouldered laurels, Boglioli is charging full-speed ahead, fueled by admirers that are at once appreciative of the company’s heritage and actively interested in the future of the brand.

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No Mad Men Allowed | TV’s Other Stylish Characters.

Jul 6th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Mad Men, Menswear, TV | by Jake Gallagher

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When you talk about TV and style, one thing we’ve all grown to expect is a near constant outpouring of articles from publications large and small, style-related and otherwise about the attire of our beloved Mad Men. Thanks to the masterful work of the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant, few casts in the history of television have been as sartorially acclaimed as the Mad Men, yet they certainly are not the only well-dressed gents to grace the TV set. So without further ado here’s our roundup of some characters that deserve a seat at the table alongside Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce.





White Out | The Best Basic Tees

Jul 5th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Shirts | by Jake Gallagher

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The basic recipe of the plain white t-shirt is remarkably simple: two short sleeves, a cotton weave, an ovular neck, a flat hem, maybe a chest pocket if you’re feeling adventurous. And yet, for the past decade or so, it seems that brands have been dead set on transforming this uncomplicated template into an increasingly complex formula. Like mad menswear scientists designers have revamped fits, developed high-tech fabrics, and utilized elaborate techniques to create the elusive “perfect t-shirt.” While Marlon Brando would probably object to all this tinkering of his t-shirt du jour, the tee has come along way since the fifties, so let’s delve into the teeming world of high-quality (and often high-ticket) tees.