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Well Played | The AW15 Cadillac Collection

Sep 9th, 2015 | Categories: Autos, Menswear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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The Cadillac Collection has a nice ring to it.

The soon-to-be-SoHo-based automaker (and standard-bearer for American Luxury) has emerged recently as a key supporter of American menswear. This new role is a refreshing development for designers, media, and now with this AW15 menswear collection — it’s turning out to be a great thing for all of us. Considering Cadillac’s sponsorship of the CFDA’s New York Fashion Week Men’s and the indie New York Men’s Day, the automaker has jumped into style space with both feet and it seems the world is a better place for it.

Launching later today in partnership with Gilt, Cadillac called in Nick Wooster and a cast of nine talented designers who make awesome clothes and rolled out what many would consider the ultimate fall wardrobe. And it comes with Wooster’s expert curation and what basically amounts to a fall style guide that lays out the best way to wear all these great fall clothes. This is win, win, win.



No caption necessary for Mr. Nick Wooster.

Gitman Printage | Gitman’s Greatest Hits

Feb 9th, 2015 | Categories: A Conversation With, Jake Gallagher, Made in the USA, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher


Not since the 1960′s have there been this many American based shirt brands. And yet, despite the variety of labels attached to them, never have so many shirts looked exactly alike.

We don’t mean to be overly critical, we do understand that there are only so many mills a shirt company can buy from, only so many different color combinations they can choose from, only so many ways they can reconfigure a plaid or a paisley or a polka dot. And of course, any company attempting to create clothing in America deserves our support. We just wish more companies would approach their design like Gitman Vintage does.

One of One | Custom New Balance 990s

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


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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Aug 25th, 2014 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams


  • A beautiful portrait Ferrari Scuderia Corsa racing. [Gear Patrol]
  • Soldiers Inventories: Blowing the Things Organized Neatly concept out of the water. [The Telegraph] [Pictured]
  • Mark McNairy wins at life. [Grub Street]
  • Outfitting man’s best friend. Dogs want handsome and well-made things too. [Shinola]
  • There’s a secret way to loop through the hidden City Hall subway station. [Web Urbanist]

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Having Some Fun (Shirts).

Aug 21st, 2014 | Categories: Americana, History, Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Preppy | by Jake Gallagher


“Those are some fun shirts.”

During a visit to one of his company’s shirt factories in the seventies Ash Wall, the vice president and great-great-great-grandson of Brooks Brothers founder Henry Sand Brooks, picked up a discarded “practice” sport shirt off the assembly line and tossed it on. As he did so, he uttered the above statement in reference to the ten or so different fabric scraps that had been haphazardly stitched together to form this button-up.

Aloha Shirts | The Non-Essential Essential

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


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.

The Other, Other Playboy.

Nov 21st, 2013 | Categories: Footwear, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher


When is a chukka more than just a chukka? When it’s a Playboy. No, not that Playboy, I’m talking about the chunky-soled ankle boots that became legendary thanks to that other playboy, Steve McQueen. During his sixties heyday, McQueen was inescapable both on-screen and off, and when he was snapped lounging by the California coast, or jetting around town with whatever starlet he was seeing that week, he was oft wearing a hefty pair of chocolate suede chukkas with a big ol’ crepe sole.