Michael Williams, the Americana-loving aesthete behind A Continuous Lean, is launching his ACL & Co. brand today and talks us through the process.
"Years ago, I was looking for a zippered pouch to put my camera, charger and things in. All of the options out there were cheap plastic so I decided that I'd make my own. With ACL, I finally had an outlet to sell them, so I started sourcing fabric and found a factory in New Jersey. It seemed boring to just sell the bags, so there's co-labeled products from brands I like. Stuff you can't find anywhere else."
"The shop is doing its part to further American manufacturing, something I care deeply about, but we'll also be offering some other goods made outside the US. Mark McNairy's shoes, for example, are all made in this place called England. I think it is some province of China."
Canvas bags, $24.50 to $98.50; Cargo pants, $228; Dirty bucks, $295; Briefcase, $325; all at the ACL Shop.
"Let me just say that I'm not by any means a designer. I think McNairy will attest to this—I probably asked him a billion questions about the canvas bags I made, which are pretty fucking simple things."
"The bag I did with Billykirk is one of my favorites. They're based on a WWII bag made for the U.S. Navy. For ours, we used Talon zippers and Horween leather for the trim."
What should I pack for my first business trip?
- Matt, OH
With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.
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