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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]

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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.





SIGNALS

Mar 30th, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

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  • Literally talking shop with Taavo Somer of Freemans fame. [The Hand & Eye] [Pictured]
  • Meet Denver’s own all-American-made Berkeley Supply. [Vimeo via Berkeley Supply]
  • Your walls will thank you for these highly tasteful posters. [WAX]
  • Baxter of California made a nice little video about Riley, a LA based stuntman. [YouTube]
  • My take on the Makers Movement and the new USA made Target Collective. [A Bullseye View]

Bonus: The ACL morning routine. [Harry's Five O'Clock]

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Sailing Collective | Sights to Sea.

Mar 25th, 2015 | Categories: Travel | by ACL Editors

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As has been discussed on this site before, people don’t take vacations like they used to, but this shift is not always lamentable. The ubiquitous cross country car journey may have made it’s final exit, but this has opened up a new field for companies such as Sailing Collective, which offer trips that can only be described as “adventure tourism.” Sailing Collective, which was only founded back in 2011, specializes in trips that are really about the experience, not just the destination.

Taking a trip to Croatia, or the British Virgin Islands, or even Maine, is one thing, but what Sailing Collective provides is the opportunity to take in these beautiful locales in a completely unique way. With Sailing Collective the trip actually really starts once you land at your destination. From there you meet the rest of your boat (typically six passengers and two crew) at the dock for a week long trip at sea. For co-founder Dayyan Armstrong exposing passengers to the unknown side of these well known destinations is what Sailing Collective is all about. By boat you’re more likely to stumble upon a quiet village, or a picturesque enclave, or a hole in the wall restaurant, and these discoveries are the true advantage of a Sailing Collective trip.