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North Menswear | Shopping Anytown USA

Jul 16th, 2014 | Categories: California, Made in the USA, Shopping | by Michael Williams

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The excitement was palpable. The feeling of exhilaration was present because of the unexpected nature of it’s arrival.

While on a weekend trip to Southern California I was pleasantly surprised to meet North Menswear in Laguna Beach and I probably got more excited about it than normal. Surprised and delighted to be exact. Part of this is due to the fact that North is a great shop, but the real reason I was aflutter is because I wasn’t expecting to see anything like this in Laguna. I was expecting to languish in the Real Houswives vibes and here I was browsing a great collection of menswear.

Over the past few years something amazing has happened: A version of North (basically a cool men’s shop with an Americana slant i.e. Unionmade) has opened in cities across America. If you expand out from Laguna Beach you’d get Orn Hansen in Long Beach, Lone Flag in San Diego, Berkeley Supply in Denver, Askov Finlayson in Minneapolis, Willy’s in Detroit, Cincinnati has Article, there’s Supply & Advise in Miami, Reserve Supply Co. in Houston, Federal in Washington D.C. and a million stores in the Northeast.

Five years ago there were only a few shops keyed in on this. Steven Alan, Context in Wisconsin and Need Supply in Richmond to name a few. What was very much the of the blog world for a period of time seemed to have given rise to a new market for menswear. And it wasn’t until I stepped into North that it really made sense. I knew there were a lot of people all over the place interested in this stuff, but when you’re a little off the beaten path (not that LB is really out of the way, but it’s not TriBeCa) and you see a shop as good as North do you really realize the scope of this thing.

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North Menswear founder Pete Surprenant.





Arpenteur | France’s Past is Present

Jul 15th, 2014 | Categories: France, Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Blue, white, and yellow. Three simple colors that make up Arpenteur’s collections. Sure, there’s shades of blue tossed in there, some of which border right up next to grey, and sometimes green or red will surface, but generally Arpenteur’s designers Marc and Laurent Bourven keep their palate as refined as possible. In fact, this understated approach runs consistently throughout all facets of Arpenteur’s collections, which update, but do not radicalize classic French workwear designs.

For a pair of young designers the Bourven’s (who are cousins, not siblings) are armed with an enormous respect for their French heritage. And that’s heritage in terms of both clothing and history alike. Their designs are simple, coastal inspired workwear pieces, including pullover fisherman smocks, Breton striped shirts, and bright yellow parkas with matching bucket hats. To produce these items the Lyon based brand has utilizies traditional factories across France to ensure that their collections not only mirror the look of classic French workwear, but the durability as well.





Aloha Shirts | The Non-Essential Essential

Jul 14th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Essential. Rarely has there been a more overused word when talking about clothing. Every store, blog, publication, and schmo at the end of the bar seems to be touting whatever item they want to peddle that season as a bona fide essential. While we here at ACL would never claim that you can’t live without any singular piece of clothing, we will declare that summer you should certainly buck up and invest in a Hawaiian shirt. Will your heart stop beating without one? Certainly not. But you will miss out on the one time of year that you can actually wear a shirt that’s covered in flowers without raising some eyebrows. So in honor of our Aloha shirt obsession we bring you the best floral button ups for summer. Short sleeve only, cause you know, suns out guns out.





RRL Takes to the High Seas.

Jul 13th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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RRL is a brand founded upon the notion of immersion. Whereas Polo, Purple Label, and the other labels that make up the Ralph Lauren portfolio tend to be an amalgam of various influences, RRL’s collections delve completely into a singular concept. Take their most recent delivery for example, an almost all blue and off-white collection of sea-inspired designs that look as if they were unearthed in a WWII-era footlocker. Deep indigo jackets and striped pullovers have become somewhat expected from RRL over the past few years, but like all of their collections, this Naval derived offering is distinguished by its details. Shawl collars, hooked clasps, angular pockets, sea-soaked blues, and even an anchor or two delineate the collection as an homage to the ocean. Add RRL’s archive inspired cuts and a Dixie cup hat into the mix and you’re so close to the sea, you can almost taste it.

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Pajamas | The Downtime Dress Code.

Jul 12th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Leisure Rules.” And never has leisure ruled more than right now, in the wake of a seemingly endless winter with the mellow days of Summer just around the corner. It’s not exactly in the carefree spirit to say so, but if ever there was an “official” uniform of relaxing it would be pajamas. Doing nothing is serious business, and the dress code for that is undoubtedly pajamas, so kick your feet up, stay in bed, and bask in the sheepish vibes as we rattle off our favorite pj’s.





Nice and Simple | Bags in Progress.

Jul 11th, 2014 | Categories: Bags, Jake Gallagher, Japan, Made in the USA | by Jake Gallagher

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At one point during my visit to her Garment District showroom, Chiharu Hayashi, the designer behind Bags in Progress, describes her bags as tool totes for everyday life. As she says this, Chiharu gleefully picks up one of her bags to show me how each interior has a specific purpose. One pocket is for an iPad, another is cut specifically fit a Moleskin, and one of the side slots is perfectly proportioned for a pair of sunglasses. A place for everything, and for everything a place.

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Get In the Van(s).

Jul 10th, 2014 | Categories: California, Jake Gallagher, Shoes, Shoes of Summer | by Jake Gallagher

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“Man, I need Vans.”

From an Anaheim, California warehouse in 1966 Paul Van Doren churned out the first pair of Vans. They were basic canvas creations, outfitted with a diamond patterned sole and compact rows of laces, but before long those rubber sneakers would send southern California, and eventually the rest of the world into a frenzy.

Today, you can still walk into really any shoe store in the world and pick up a pair of Vans that looks almost identical to the pair that Van Doren produced back in the late sixties. While their contemporary models are now made abroad (come on guys, where’s the Made in the USA Vans collection we’ve all been waiting for) they do still retain that laid-back, easy wearing vibe that made them so damn popular nearly a half century ago. What’s best about Vans is that their irresistible simplicity has made them an ideal platform for countless obscure patterns, collaborations, and revamps. We’ve rounded out ten of our favorite Vans from the past year or so to add some rubber to your summertime shoe rotation.