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The Masters: Maintaining the Mystique.

Apr 8th, 2015 | Categories: David Coggins, Golf | by David Coggins

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Baseball and Negronis are gifts that arrive with spring and keep on giving all summer long. The Masters, on the other hand, enters our lives and just as quickly departs, leaving us with just the sound of Jim Nantz’s ingratiating voice echoing in our ears. Brace yourself for the tinkling of the piano keys—the familiar theme is written by a certain Dave Loggins (which I really wish was my pen name).

Yes, bless us all, tomorrow the Masters is back.

If you think the reverential tone of the announcers is just for show recall that Gary McCord once told the television audience the putting greens were so fast they seemed “bikini waxed.” That was it for Gary—he was not given a mulligan—he was simply not asked back, cast into vulgar metaphor purgatory. You don’t mess with the Masters.

It casts its hold on many of us who are not golfers or even, for that matter, really golf fans. What captivates us with the fervor usually reserved for Beyoncé acolytes? Well, the atmosphere, singular course and remarkable drama all create, as they say, “a tradition unlike any other.” Think of the Masters as a natural high that oscillates between low key whispering and acute drama.

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Arnold Palmer considers his options.





An Ode to the Humble American Beer.

Apr 7th, 2015 | Categories: Drinking, History | by Michael Williams

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The calendar is filled with a host of events like “National Donut Day” and the like that seem to be conjured from thin air with little basis in the real world. The amount of these little celebratory days tends to amuse me greatly. So when I heard the story of “National Beer Day” I was immediately skeptical that this was yet another greeting card holiday. When I learned the actual history of today, April 7th, National Beer Day, a new found respect emerged for this humble beer drinking day’s place in our history. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much to motivate me to grab a cold one.

The significance of this national day of beer emerged following the dry days of prohibition in 1933. As it turns out, the date of April 7th is the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act went into effect for the first time, and marked the day in which a thirsty public could once again legally consume a beer without fear of incident from the authorities.





The L.A. Style of Bloomingdale’s Icons West.

Apr 6th, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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Style Notes from the Left Coast.

As a follow up to the hugely popular Bloomingdale’s Icons editorial last fall, we’ve been tapped this spring to help explore the style of 7 of L.A.’s best dressed guys for the newly launched Icons West. It’s an exploration of California style through the lens of these talented guys which include an all-star chef, a LACMA curator, talented designer, esteemed producer and L.A.’s foremost footwear philanthropist. Each person in this group of well dressed gentlemen exudes a personal style which is uniquely their own — with a shared sensibility of the laid back Southern California vibe. Take eyewear designer and man-about-town Garrett Leight’s relaxed style which centers on one unique piece which makes his look pop. Or chef Roy Choi’s preference for patterned graphics that take a moment to figure out. East or West Coast, it’s a stylish group regardless of their location.

Everyone has a different approach with creating their own look when it comes to influences, approach and labels they love, and the LA Icons campaign hits all of the right notes when it comes to expressing that personal style. There’s nothing like taking 7 style-focused and successful real guys, opening them up to all of Bloomingdale’s great brands and letting their style serve as the inspiration for the season. [LA ICONS]

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SIGNALS

Apr 6th, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

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  • The fascinating 1920s adventures of the real MGM lion. [Mashable] [Pictured]
  • The best shoe shine place in the world discovered in…Tokyo (shocker). [Grown Man Style]
  • Incredible images of our very own “pale blue dot”. [The New York Times]
  • An endearing look at one of the last Pie and Mash shops in Hoxton, London [Vimeo via Eater]
  • ACL and Bloomingdale’s team up to celebrate West Coast style. [Bloomingdale's]

—Good things happening elsewhere. Follow along with ACL on Facebook and Instagram

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Arc’Teryx’s Forever Backpack.

Apr 2nd, 2015 | Categories: Bags, Canada | by Michael Williams

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As in, it took forever to make this awesome backpack. It will probably last forever too if you were wondering.

There’s really no explanation for this, but I’m pretty crazy about all types of different bags. To the point where I have to strictly ban myself from buying any new type of bag. I have a pretty expansive collection of carryalls at home and I recognize the fact that I really need to focus on using on what I already own. That said, there tends to be some new faces around and there always seem to be exceptions. One such deviation for me was this incredible Veilance pack that I acquired from Barneys last fall in a brazen act of defiance of my no-new-bags policy. Although, the policy is really nothing more of a governor rather than an all out ban. I digress. Recently when speaking to the Veilance design team I discovered an interesting fact about the Nomin pack, I learned that Arc’Teryx has amazingly been working on developing this particular bag since about 2010. 5 years for one backpack?!?





All Together Now | Brands Unite at Bloomingdale’s

Mar 31st, 2015 | Categories: Menswear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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There’s a whole lot going on at Bloomingdale’s this spring, and it’s centered around some of our favorite designers. The iconic retailer has gathered the collective strength of Wings & Horns, Champion by Todd Snyder, Saturdays Surf, Gant Rugger and Steven Alan all together in one place. It’s the hard work of a great group of very well respected people including Fashion Director Kevin Harter and his deputy Josh Peskowitz — two men who I know and respect tremendously.

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Go the Victor.

Mar 30th, 2015 | Categories: Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

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The hometown factory is the Victor. This is a big one.

Rarely does a brand come along that hits every single note perfectly. The guys behind Noble Denim recently launched an exciting new venture called Victor, which goes way beyond just making clothes. What Victor is doing is looking to help save a factory, revitalize a town, and if successful, bring back American garment manufacturing in the Southeast. It’s more than just a noble (punny, I know) undertaking, it’s also simply great product.

Knowing the people from Noble denim as I do, I can say that they consistently impress me with their creativity, kindness and the level in which they execute. They are an altruistic bunch operating in a world where seemingly anyone can found a brand with their “perfectly curated” Instagram account and feel as if they are changing the world. But Chris, Abby, Christman and Sam have pushed forward designing and producing some truly excellent product at a fair price. They are at the same time also helping to save jobs and an entire factory town. And it’s more than just good marketing, they have the manufacturing and design chops to back it all up.