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The Enduring Appeal of Ostentatious Loafers.

Jul 15th, 2015 | Categories: Footwear, Preppy | by ACL Editors


The Gucci bit loafer, the Prince Albert slipper and the Belgian loafer. Three loafers that all share the dubious honor of being “rakish,” or “revolting,” depending on who you ask. Polarizing as they may be, this traddy triumvirate has remained a constant curiosity throughout the years, as each style is rediscovered in time by whatever wave happens to be cresting that year.

First it was the Gucci bit loafer, which was thrust back into the spotlight during the East Coast preppy revival of the mid-aughts. The bit loaf had first gained notoriety during the mid-twentieth century as a high society hoof that was so popular amongst A-listers and deep-pocketed socialites that they became part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection in 1962. Similarly to Ralph Lauren, another Madison Avenue icon, the horsebit story begins with a vision of polo. The story goes that in the wake of WWI, the Italian born Guccio Gucci was working at London’s Savoy Hotel where polo was a persistent topic of conversation between the rotating roster of English aristocrats that frequented the hotel. As Gucci listened to (er, eavesdropped on) these tales from the ground, polo came to represent a leisurely and luxurious lifestyle that was always just out of reach.

Francis Ford Coppola in bit loafers

Francis Ford Coppola in bit loafers

Dustin Hoffman wearing bit loafers in Kramer vs. Kramer

Dustin Hoffman wearing bit loafers in Kramer vs. Kramer

Wants & Desires | Keith Richards’ “Blue Lena”

Jul 14th, 2015 | Categories: Autos, Jared Paul Stern, Wants & Desires | by Jared Paul Stern


In 1967 British police raided Redlands, Keith Richards’ Sussex estate, finding a stash of pot and amphetamines. With a court case looming, the Rolling Stone’s guitarist decided to “do a runner,” in the words of his 2010 biography Lifethat is, drive to Morocco in his 1965 Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, aka Blue Lena, with model Anita Pallenberg, fellow Stone Brian Jones and a couple of friends. “We decided to get out of England and not go back until it was time for the court case,” Richards recounts. Another important decision: “It would be better to find somewhere where we could get legal drugs.” They flew to Paris where Keith’s driver met them with the car and then made their tortuous way to Tangier.




Jul 13th, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams


  • The humble pen is making a high tech comeback. Really? [Wired]
  • A solid list of summer reads. [The Hand & Eye]
  • Is Made in USA all hype? [Fashionista]
  • RIP Christian Audigier. Let us all revel in his ridiculous GQ profile. [GQ]
  • Thoughts on the Sponsorgram. [OM.co]
  • Bob Seger is the Bruce Springsteen of the Midwest. Making Night Moves. [Wall Street Journal]

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Checking In | The Inn at Cuckold’s Lighthouse

Jul 9th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Maine, Travel | by Jared Paul Stern


There’s something about the prospect of staying in a lighthouse that adds an element of rugged nautical adventure to any trip. The small rocky island that’s home to the Inn at Cuckold’s Lighthouse may not be far off the coast of Maine’s Boothbay Harbor, but arriving there feels a bit like abandoning civilization; until you see how elegant it is inside. Nearly 12 years and $3 million in the making, the Inn, which has only two spacious suites is currently celebrating its first full (and completely sold out) season. One of just a handful of lighthouses you can stay in around New England, it was originally constructed as a fog signal station in 1892. In 1907 a light tower was added, greatly aiding the development of Boothbay Harbor as a safe haven for both commercial fishermen and summer residents.

A Weekend Ride in the ATS-V Rocket Ship.

Jul 8th, 2015 | Categories: Autos | by Michael Williams


Someone who spends any significant amount of time in New York City tends to forget that a car can be about more than just getting around. In the case of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V —which I spent a few days driving in Austin— enjoying the car’s 464 horses seems much more important than just getting where you are going.

Much has been said recently about Cadillac’s reinvention. I’ve come to know the brand well through Cadillac’s involvement in the fashion and more directly through a sponsorship with ACL. Though Cadillac didn’t direct me to post about the ATS-V or this drive, that was entirely up to me at my discretion. But by virtue of this partnership I’ve had a particularly interesting perch to see a bit of the transformation the brand has undergone. Over the past year, I’ve been to several Cadillac events which never ended up on the site. I have been interested in getting to know what is really happening with the automaker. And after my Austin experience driving the ATS-V it’s very clear that Cadillac has figured out how to make cars which are both fun to drive and not lacking in personality.


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Long Live the King | Another Summer of Steve

Jun 30th, 2015 | Categories: Autos, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern


Earlier this year, Kempt declared a six-month moratorium on Steve McQueen. Amusing and all, but there’s a reason we didn’t sign on. McQueen madness comes in waves, and it’d be a dereliction of duty to ignore the one about to break. Not in fact on the style front; until you burn all your shawl collar cardigans in Tompkins Square it’s useless to debate his permanence and pre-eminence on that score. But we’re feeling more McQueen than ever this summer thanks to various happenings in the land of the King. For starters, his wicked 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo is coming up for auction in August during Monterey Car Week. A new graphic novel called Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool is about to become our favorite beach read. And a documentary about his classic 1971 racing flick Le Mans which debuted at Cannes was just tapped for theatrical release this fall. And we all know that three makes a trend piece.

Developed Inside the Dad Mind.

Jun 16th, 2015 | Categories: ACL Gift Guide, Al James | by Al James


There are some things that could only be designed by a dad. They’re so practical, so goofy, so full of insane dad-logic that in the end they’re just these perfect, one-of-a-kind, problem-solving hacks. (Think of the tennis ball hanging in the garage, weird fishing rod holders in the shop and any other “customization” that can be found around a house where a dad has had too much time on his hands). Of all these great paternal ideas, however, the Pops Q Tool might be the apex of dad creativity and efficiency. It’s a barbecue multi tool with 6 different well designed grill-related features. It’s extremely durable, well-priced, and to top it off, made in America by a small family business.

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