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In the Studio | Jack Purcell Signature and Drew Seskunas.

Mar 16th, 2015 | Categories: Shoes, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

A well designed object can broaden your understanding of the world. That is the theory that drives Drew Seskunas, co-director of design studio The Principals in his pursuit of object perfection. Much like Jack Purcell, Drew and his partners make beautiful things, create art, design spaces, and use physical objects to connect to people on an emotional level. They seek to expand our understanding of the built realm without abandoning its history.

Their craft combines industrial design, architecture, and occasionally robotics. Whether they’re designing a reactive architectural environment for Bonaroo Music Festival or a flask that not only holds liquid, but looks like liquid for Areaware, they are pushing creativity over convention, and mastering how form can drive function.

Along with Converse Jack Purcell, we step inside Drew’s Brooklyn studio to see how he forms beautiful idea into a beautiful object.

Click the interactive video to learn more about the new Converse Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker.

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Jack Purcell Signature Hits The Street With Mister Mort.

Mar 12th, 2015 | Categories: Shoes, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

As an observer of style, Mordechai Rubinstein is seemingly everywhere. No place in the city is safe from his relentless pursuit of the quirky, interesting, the “proper” and most importantly, the stylish. His personal take on clothing varies greatly from the typical person, and he has made name for himself by consistently zigging when everyone else zags. While working at the influential (and now defunct) SoHo shop New Republic in the early aughts Mordechai met Andy Spade who eventually brought him into the fold and helped promote Mordechai’s perspective and his endearing brand of weirdness. During his time with Spade, Rubinstein broke through and made a name for himself by letting his creativity shine and embracing the unconvention in everything. In fact, this concept of creativity over convention is what truly makes Mordehai such a talent in the menswear world.

Along with Jack Purcell, we took to the streets of NYC with Mordechai to get his take on the city — while wearing the iconic Converse Jack Purcell Signature sneaker — which inspires his daily quest for all things interesting and cool. The new Signature Jack Purcell sneaker represents the modern evolution of the iconic silhouette, and you know that if Mordechai is wearing the Jack Purcell it must be good. Because as we’ve seen through his site Mister Mort, Mordecai is someone who takes personal style very seriously. Which is exactly why we love him so much.

Click the interactive video to learn more about the new Jack Purcell.

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An Icon Updated | The New Converse Jack Purcell.

Mar 10th, 2015 | Categories: Shoes, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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The good people at Converse have been hard at work behind the scenes ensuring the Jack Purcell sneakers maintain its icon status well into the future. With a list of design and build updates (18 to be exact), the new Converse Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker has emerged as a new and improved model of the classic we all love. It’s also the most premium expression of the Jack Purcell ever made.

The new Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker is made from a two-ply duck canvas and features a streamlined toecap that creates an updated look, and also a new feel for these familiar sneakers. Plus, there’s an Ortholite footbed with imbedded Nike Zoom Air Technology under the hood that makes for a more comfortable ride. Launched in the past few weeks, the new Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker is offered in Black, Mason and the ever classic White. Perfect for the city, the beach, a bathing suit or a suit suit. These are the iconic sneakers for you and your everyday. [JACK PURCELL]

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Bloomingdale’s | Gifting the Holidays

Dec 19th, 2014 | Categories: Gift Guide 2014, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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The number one question that arrives in the ACL inbox concerns gift giving. We frequently hear from girlfriends, wives and significant others looking for suggestions for holiday gifts. Like holiday parties, when it comes to gift guides the philosophy is always: the more the merrier. So with that in mind, we’ve assembled our top ten giftable items from Bloomingdale’s.

We’ve pulled together a nice selection of interesting, well-made and stylish gifts for a myriad of men in your life. There’s something here for everyone in your life at pretty much every price point. From the long-lasting (Rimowa) to the American Made (Shinola) to the exceedingly cool (Garrett Leight) you’re in good shape. Check out all of our picks below and have yourself (and those on your gift list) a very happy holiday.





Giving the Gift of Gucci for the Holidays.

Dec 17th, 2014 | Categories: Gift Guide 2014, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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The gift giving time of year can be one of the most rewarding times of the year, and also one fraught with the challenge of finding that perfect something for that special someone. To me, finding a good gift is much easier when you start the process with a base of ideas and a willingness to surprise. With this in mind, I choose six captivating gift ideas from Gucci for every type of guy on your list. From a bottle of the new Made to Measure men’s fragrance, to a pair of expertly made and iconic 1953 Gucci leather loafers, or even a custom printed backpack (commissioned from artist Kris Knight exclusively for Gucci) there’s something here for everyone who loves nice things.

I for one would love to see a new pair of Horsebit loafers under the tree. A few years ago I was given the opportunity to visit the Gucci loafer workshop in Florence and I learned firsthand the style and Italian craftsmanship that goes into every item that carries the Gucci name. It is a standard of quality which leaves an impression on everyone, but especially those on the receiving end of your Gucci Gifts.

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The ACL Guide to Giving Good Gifts.

Nov 17th, 2014 | Categories: Gift Guide 2014, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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It happens to almost be the most wonderful time of the year. The time when you dedicate a significant portion of your mental capacity, love and energy to (hopefully) giving the perfect gift. With this in mind personally I dedicated myself to combing through the extensive offerings from Barneys New York to find the best gifts for everyone in your life. I hand-selected a range of items which I consider to be the best of the best for everyone from your hard to impress mother-in-law to the made in USA loving dad and many more. Here’s the look book with all of those gifts. It’s also worth noting that many of these selections will also serve as worthy gifts for yourself, should you just decide to treat yourself. Can’t say I haven’t ever done something like that.

With such a vast selection of great brands Barneys New York has reigned supreme when it comes to my own personal gifting quest over the years and this holiday season is no different. So getting the opportunity to team up with them to present a complete gift guide is basically as good as it gets. I worked hard to find a diverse, interesting and thoughtful selection of gifts with a focus on quality and longevity which will last for years to come.

It’s true what they say about the thought being the thing that counts. Getting your gifts from Barneys isn’t a bad approach either. [THE ACL x BARNEYS GIFT GUIDE]





One of One | Custom New Balance 990s

Oct 16th, 2014 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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New Balance understands you. The American sneaker brand knows you appreciate the classic style of the 990, and they know that you couldn’t possibly wear the same shoes as everyone else. In a world of ubiquitous style this is an important development for us all. Utilizing the New Balance factory in Maine, you can now turn-around a custom pair of 990s in a little over a week from sewing machine to the street. That’s a good development because we don’t off the shelf shoes and no one wants to wait too long for their one of ones.

To some people designing their own shoes presents a major challenge. It’s often easy to know what you like and to know what you don’t, but the sheer number of options can cause a paralysis of sorts. New Balance coaxes things along with a gallery of base-designs that make it easier to understand the possibilities. Once you get into the process it becomes difficult to see how just one pair is going to be enough. Onward to the 990 customization montage.

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