Imagine my delight when I discovered pages and pages of workwear and canvas bags at the Japanese shop Utility Coop. The Japanese really do know their stuff when it comes to American inspired design. Hopefully, some of these brands will make their way to U.S. stores soon. In the meantime we will just have to gaze longingly from the other side of the internets. Makes you thankful that Estex, Filson, Billykirk, Klein Tools and LL Bean are here, keeping us together.
The new Steven Alan for Urban Outfitters collection Lark & Wolff — you know the one that isn’t supposed to be available until around July 4th — is currently available at the NoHo Urban Outfitters on Broadway. The collection looks good and I even picked up two button-down shirts for $58 each. The UO people have the preppy offerings merchandised with chinos, skinny ties, Bass Weejuns and other appropriate items. I have to say that I liked the wovens and you could definitely see the Steven Alan touch in everything. The store didn’t seem to have the entire collection, just a small collection of men’s and women’s from what I saw.
The good people at Division Street sat down with the gentlemen from Shipley & Halmos for a little Q&A about life in New York City, design inspirations, To Catch a Predator, and everyone’s buddy Mr. Sean Combs. The S&H gents seem genuinely normal and unaffected — just two cool guys with refined taste and a nose for style — which is refreshing. Here at ACL we want to see more success from the good, normal people like Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. Plus, I just love those woven shirts and that goes a long way in my book.
The photos from the interview turned out beautifully. The decor of the Shipley & Halmos office looks great — very on-point with my style. Interview after the jump.
The new June issue of ForbesLife is out and inside there is a great still life story on Madras. The photography turned out wonderful and the Madras looks delicious. The shoot makes me want to go out and buy some serious summer plaid. I am starting to regret not wearing any Madras so far this year — might have to rectify that situation this weekend.
My friends at Southwick sent me this great looking tote bag yesterday. My bag obsessions have been detailed here before — so no need to go there. The design is fairly innocuous until you flip it over and you see the giant “Made in the United States of America.” I love the way the bag is printed underneath the straps. I’m happy to see some buzz around the brand and might have to make a special trip to check out Southwick at Cuffs (one of my all time favorite men’s stores) this summer when I am back home. I guess I could shop for Southwick here in NYC, but what fun would that be.
Over the weekend I stumbled upon some great pictures of the new RRL store in East Hampton. Ralph Lauren must have decided that it wanted everyone of its brands to have a presence in the Hamptons. First we saw a new Rugby store and now this RRL outpost. The new RRL store looks typical Ralph, which is to say amazing. I love the denim, khakis and the woven shirts. The new store has some great home goods and of course some casual offerings for your relaxing weekends in the Hamptons.
All photos are by Brian Berman —who looks to be a very talented photographer and obviously skilled at capturing interiors. More pictures after the jump.