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The Simple Way to Care for Your Jeans.

Mar 13th, 2015 | Categories: Denim | by Michael Williams

The good people of Mr. Porter came to me a while back and asked if I had any thoughts on the best way to take care of one’s jeans. And as it turns out, I have indeed done some thinking the subject over the years. So we spent some time together coming up with a simple and authoritative video guide that lays out exactly how to ensure your denim always looks its best.

In the early days of ACL (way back in 2008) I wrote a little something to clarify my thoughts on how to best go about washing your jeans. Lately it seems to me that a lot of people have really gone crazy trying to over complicate the process of taking care of your denim. I’ve never been a believer in washing my clothes in the ocean, or doing my laundry in my freezer. I’d rather just find a simple way to make my jeans look nice, smell good and age as perfectly as possible without taking up too much time or energy. Because anyone who likes denim can tell you that there’s something really amazing about taking a pair of raw denim, having it mold to your body and creating something which is completely one of a kind. That’s what makes denim maintenance so impactful. Though it’s not so important you need to rolling around the surf in your special new 14oz White Oaks.

[Mr Porter Denim Guide]





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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Canada’s Menswear Mecca.

Mar 11th, 2015 | Categories: Canada, Design, Menswear | by ACL Editors

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Consider this a public service announcement: it’s high time we all start paying attention to Vancouver. While we’ve been busy paying attention to whatever is happening in New York, or L.A., or even Toronto, Vancouver has quietly pieced together one of the most interesting menswear design communities not just in the Americas but in the world. With a small, yet impressive crop of young stores and brands, Vancouver has become a case-study in the power of autonomy. Free from, but not ignorant of, the goings-on in the traditional hotspots, Vancouver’s menswear community has flourished over the past few years, carving out an acute aesthetic which appeals to an audience far beyond the Canadian border.





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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Opening the Door on New York’s Private Clubs.

Mar 9th, 2015 | Categories: Americana, History, New York City | by ACL Editors

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“Hey, I wonder what’s behind that door?”

It’s a question that most New Yorker’s ask themselves countless times, almost subconsciously, as they wander through the city each day. These doorways certainly intrigue us, but in the end, we only ever step into maybe one percent of the buildings that we pass by in this city. All those other thresholds are off-limits, leaving us to quietly wonder what lies behind that door. And few of these buildings stoke our imaginations quite like New York’s many private clubs. That word, private, says it all.

New York has a long tradition of clandestine clubs that are designed to keep outsiders at bay. It’s who these clubs do choose to let in, though which distinguishes them from one another. Each different club may appeal more to artists, or authors, or politicians, or city planners, depending on their charters, but they all genuinely share one common characteristic: wealth. Let’s face it, these clubs are not for us (that is unless you happen to be a high-society millionaire whose great-great-great-great-great-grandparents arrived on these shores via the Mayflower) to enter, they are for us to ogle at from the outside. So join us for a look, but don’t touch, guide to NYC’s social clubs, because this is the closest we may ever get to knowing what actually goes on behind these doors.





Bastong’s Starting Seven.

Mar 5th, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Outerwear | by ACL Editors

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When we first covered Eastlogue back in March of last year, we assumed that they were just a fluke – the rare Korean brand that was exceptional enough to make a splash here in the states.

Boy, were we wrong.

If there was one major takeaway from the trade shows this season, it was that the Koreans are ready for primetime. There were enough Korean brands showing this year that it was hard to even keep them straight. Most of them were good, a few were bad, but only two were truly great. One was the aforementioned Eastlogue, (glad to see they weren’t a one-hit-wonder) and the other was Bastong, a four year old brand that has shown in America before, but made the biggest splash this time around.

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The Art of Eating.

Mar 3rd, 2015 | Categories: Art, History, New York City | by ACL Editors

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Filet Mignon for a buck eighty five, a salad for sixty cents, a baked potato for a quarter, a glass of beer for a dime.

In 1941 you could get a solid meal at the famous Keen’s Steakhouse here in New York for less than three dollars. That in of itself is extraordinary, but what’s even more extraordinary is how the menu looked. Back in the forties, Keen’s menu was a real work of art. The cover of the medieval inspired menu proudly displayed the Keen’s story, each page was bordered by smiling vegetables, and “To-Day’s Selections” were announced by a lute playing minstrel musician. And this was just one menu from one restaurant.

Back in the day, all menus were an art form in their own right. They would often feature hand-drawn figures, ornate scripts, bracketed sections, and frame-worthy covers. These boastful bills of fares were a canvas for creativity, regardless of the quality of the dishes which were listed on their pages. This is somewhat of a flip on today’s culinary trends, as most restaurants today hand out plainspoken menus, yet peddle some truly beautiful dishes. While the menu has become mundane now, we can fortunately still revisit the artistic menus of the past through the New York Public Library’s extensive online archive of menu’s from New York City restaurants. With over seven thousand menus, the archive is a real feast, our only recommendation is that you don’t visit on an empty stomach. Some of our favorites after the jump.