Video | A Continuous Lean.

Bow Down to Benton Performance.

Apr 16th, 2014 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

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There’s a lot of content out in the world today. Much of it barely deserved of a spot in the YouTube line up. And then there is this film, a masterful look at the life and work of John Benton. Now let us all bow down at the alter of Benton Performance. These are going to be the best six minutes of your day. Fuck. Me.

Thanks to Silver Arrows for the tip.





Weekend Video | Watching Watches.

Mar 23rd, 2014 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

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Over the past few years the guys at Hodinkee have quietly ramped up to become prolific producers of content, churning out watch editorial from all over the world. Two recently released videos are focused on subjects closer to home. The first (above) is another installment in the Talking Watches series —which shines a light on the collections of celebrities, athletes and aesthetes alike— profiles Man of the World founder Alan Maleh. You may have met Alan at one of the Pop Up Flea events, or maybe you have shopped at his store Gentryanyone who has had even the shortest brush with him can easily recognize that the man is as product obsessed. He’s a prolific collector of everything from Japanese denim, to classic cars and of course, watches. This video doesn’t do him justice, though it is a nice glimpse into his (quasi-insane) watch collection.





Made in the Land of Wheat and Maize.

Feb 5th, 2014 | Categories: Music, Video | by Michael Williams

Generally I feel comfortable away from home. I’ve lived in New York for 12 years and I don’t ever think I will feel like a New Yorker. I don’t think I ever want to. When I say “home” I am referring to Ohio. It’s a place I have barely lived as an adult, but it is still where I feel like I fit best into the world. There’s some sort of Midwestern draw that comes back to me very quickly when I am there. My business partner and I are both from Ohio and I think we both like to hire people from the Midwest because we all seem to think about the world in similar ways. We just make sense to each other. It’s also the reason we love to work with Red Wing. Part of it is the spirit of the company, and part of it is the people. Nothing is forced and nothing is insincere. If something doesn’t make sense, they don’t do it.

A few months ago I flew to Minneapolis to see Red Wing, but we didn’t drive down to its headquarters on the Mississippi, we got in a car and drove a few hours straight into the Wisconsin countryside to Eau Claire. With the talented director Andrew David Watson, we set out to make a film about the supremely talented musician Justin Vernon. We knew that he had an affinity for Red Wing and that he has been wearing the boots for years, having learned of the brand the same way I did, from his dad. More than make a marketing video, Red Wing really just wanted to tell Justin’s story because it is honest and real.





Making it in America: Artifact Bag Co.

Dec 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Made in the USA, Video | by Michael Williams

There’s an unwritten rule on ACL where I try and make a point of not doing overtly obnoxious blogger things – though I’m sure some find me overtly obnoxious nonetheless. I attempt to avoid posting pictures of myself on this site and I don’t actively post any sort of press coverage that I am fortunate enough to get. Part of the reason I avoid this stuff is because I don’t want this site to be about me per se, I want the focus to be on the truly interesting and deserving people, places and stories that are out in the world. Though recently I have been struggling internally about going against my self-prescribed code to post a video that involves me in a roundabout way. Ultimately, I decided that the benefits for the subject of the video outweigh the possibilities an appearance of a self-congratulatory blogger parade.

Chris Hughes from Omaha, Nebraska struggled himself, though in a much more real way. He grappled with the recession spending the better part of a year being unemployed or underemployed. During this troubling time of his life he started to focus energy making leather goods, bags and aprons on the side. He hoped to transform his hobby into a business and take a massive leap of faith to leave his job with health insurance to work on his company Artifact Bag Co. full time. In December of 2010 he did just that and has been building Artifact ever since. In a TEDx talk in Omaha he recently gave a speech (see video above) about a tweet and our brief encounter that changed his life.





The British Invasion | Bloomingdale’s Style.

Oct 18th, 2013 | Categories: Sponsored Post, Video | by Michael Williams

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to New York and the start of the British Invasion, Bloomingdale’s has looked to Britain for inspiration this fall. The iconic retailer has assembled over 50 British brands like Turnbull & Asser, London Undercover and Hardy Amies. to create more than 30o excellent exclusives for the season. You can shop it all here.

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Rowing The Mighty Hudson

Sep 30th, 2013 | Categories: New York City, Randy Goldberg, Video | by Randy Goldberg

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As you may or may not know, Pop Up Flea London (PUFLDN) touches down in St. James on the weekend of October 11th. Same great Pop Up Flea taste, different island. In the process of planning the first ever international Pop Up Flea, we’ve come to know several characters, hustlers and ne’er-do-wells who have been cushioning our arrival in London.

One such character is James Bowthorpe: artist, builder, editor of The Rig Out, and official Master Of Interiors for PUFLDN. Over the last two years, while we’ve been thinking about heading to London, James has been working on a project here in New York. It’s called the Hudson River Project.

In James’s words:

At the core of Hudson River Project is a simple idea: Build a boat out of Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – Lake Tear of the Clouds, high in the Adirondack Mountains – and row the boat back to Manhattan.





The Need for Tweed.

Apr 10th, 2013 | Categories: Menswear, Video | by Michael Williams

I feel the need, the need for Tweed.

Films of people in the Outer Hebrides making Harris Tweed never get old. I’ve actually considered going to Harris or to the Isle of Lewis to see tweed being made first hand, but have not ever actually made the journey because it’s just so far damn away. Luckily filmmaker Sal Taylor made the trip and documented the place and the people who make this great fabric.

The Harris Tweed Authority (protector of the Orb!) has interestingly taken to the digital channels to actively market and promote Harris Tweed. They’ve launched the Need for Tweed Tumblr and an amusing Instagram account which only posts different patterns of the famed Scottish fabric. The kids must really like this stuff. And since Tweed has been so fully socially networked, all it really needs at this point is its own official day. Opps too late, Tweed Day was last week. You can’t make this stuff up.

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