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Lark & Wolff in the Wild

Jun 17th, 2008 | Categories: New York City, Preppy, Retail, Style | by Michael Williams

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 Interview | Shipley & Halmos

Jun 12th, 2008 | Categories: Men's wear, New York City, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

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.

Smart Madras Style.

Jun 6th, 2008 | Categories: Men's wear, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

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.

Made in the United States of America.

Jun 5th, 2008 | Categories: Made in the USA, Men's Stores, Men's wear, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

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.

A Look Inside RRL East Hampton.

Jun 2nd, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Fashion, Hamptons, Preppy, Retail | by Michael Williams

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.

Real Life Mad Men and More Take Ivy

Jun 1st, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

A few more scans from Take Ivy. Specifically, images of the J. Press New Haven shop, the Brooks Brothers flagship and some “Young at Heart” gentlemen from New York City.

J. Crew Teams with Spade, Channels Hopper.

May 29th, 2008 | Categories: New York City, Preppy, Retail | by Michael Williams

The June/July issue of Details sheds some light on the special new J. Crew men’s store in TriBeCa. So far we know that the space —an old liquor store on West Broadway —is spectacular and sort of Edward Hopper-esq. What we learned from the Details article is even more exciting. One of the ACL’s idols Mr. Andy Spade and his new creative firm Partners & Spade, has been retained to add his retail genius into the mix. This makes me think that we could have an American interpretation of Paul Smith on our hands. I can’t wait to get a first hand look at this store and I am excited to be able to finally buy Birdwell Britches in person.