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Posts by A. Frankel

Yosemite National Park: A Photo Retrospective

Posted on September 22, 2014

A few months ago we were fortunate enough to grab a coveted campsite near the base of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park here in California. Getting a reserved site is tough given that Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks and almost twenty years ago there was a huge flood that wiped out a good number of the sites. We woke up at early 3 months in advance in order to get our spot and we got the last one left within a three month window. Feeling fortunate, we prepped for our trip. Traveling to Yosemite was a great excuse to turn off and focus on things we like; camping, drinking lots of good whiskey, taking photos, and traveling. Here I present a series…

In Support Of: Boldfoot Socks

Posted on July 8, 2014

I wear socks 7 days a week. Even if it’s just for a few hours, I put socks on at some point during the day either to keep from getting blisters or to keep my shoes from smelling like an armpit. I primarily wear leather shoes (Rancourts or Red Wings) and socks with heavier leather shoes are crucial for longevity of the shoe itself and from keeping your feet from looking like calloused tree stumps. As a result, I burn through approximately 5-8 pairs of socks per year and usually have about 10 pairs on hand at any given time. I’m always on the lookout for new designs and I typically go for the more subtle patterns that mix well with my existing wardrobe…

Fi3 Santa Monica

Posted on July 7, 2014

I’ve been super fortunate to have made some new friends over the past few weeks. They’re putting on a really awesome event in Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport this week featuring a shop collection curated by our favorite LA-transplant, Wittmore, and a speaker series including a number of names that you’ve definitely heard of (Sonja Rasula from Unique USA, Davide Berruto from Shelter Half, Stuart Ramsey of Krochet Kids, and our friend Tristan Pollack from Storefront to name a few). The opening event features food trucks, plenty of booze, and live music. We’ll be there and hope to see you there, too!

Field Trip: LA Foodshop

Posted on May 27, 2014

Everything comes and goes with time. Trends rise, appearing from seemingly nowhere with no explanation for their popularity, climb to significance only to disintegrate as they fall from grace, perhaps lost in a fog of neglect: the ultimate void into which hipness disintegrates. In chronicling the ever-changing “cool”, we see this quite a bit. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s for the best, and sometimes it simply is what it is. There are very few things in life that do not succumb to these delightful and tragic pitfalls but two that will forever be a part of our lives are food and fellowship. These two things alone can drive communities to be built from the ground up, serve as the foundation for neighborhood economies, and solidify one’s self-perception within a…

Playlist: Spring ’14

Posted on March 28, 2014

It’s time for our third playlist, just in time for the Spring season that is upon us. I started compiling this in November with an intent to release it in December…and then again in February. But here we are and it’s almost April (can’t believe it). A lot of the darker tracks were taken out and more upbeat ones replaced them because it is, in fact, almost spring. Here in Los Angeles the weather is always fantastic but I’m very well aware it snowed recently on the East Coast. There’s a few well known tracks on here: Father John Misty has been spinning at our West Coast HQ lately even though it came out a few years ago, same with Real Estate though they…

Alfred Lane Solid Colognes

Posted on March 5, 2014

On today’s docket, we have a small company in Chicago selling “solid colognes”. Ever heard of it? Neither had I. Unsolicited reviews are a tricky beast here at The American Classic; our policy is typically that we’ll take a look at whatever you’ve got but there’s no guarantee you’ll get a review. We’d much rather talk about the things we love and think you should love, too, rather than dwell on negative things. The gents from Alfred Lane reached out a few weeks ago for a review and following our policy, they’ve found themselves with this review because their product is fucking cool. Based in Chicago, these guys have released a line of compact, solid colognes that are designed to be thrown in a…

Field Trip: Berkeley Supply Co. in Denver, CO.

Posted on January 13, 2014

Every December for the past 7 years, I’ve made the pilgrimage to Steamboat Springs, CO. for some winter sports action. I like Steamboat a lot; it’s casual all of the time (read: don’t have to wear a fur coat to fit in), the mountain isn’t as miserably crowded as others, and the town has a great homey feel that some of the other ski towns lack. Every year we fly into Denver and make the 3-4 hour drive into the mountains. Every year we make the 3-4 hour drive back to Denver and fly out. I have distant family that lives in Denver and I never visit them because I’m an asshole and I really should make more time for them. This trip I…

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