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We’re Expanding!

Posted on August 9, 2012

It’s official. Many of you are already aware but on Saturday morning I will be packing up the vehicle and permanently relocating from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It’s a decision I made years ago and the timing has finally proved right for my girlfriend and I to make it our new home. The move will take a little over a week (we’re taking our time: it’s a long drive) but we’ll be up and fully operational by the end of the month. We couldn’t be more excited to explore another side of the country and bring you even more diverse programming. Steve, the ever-talented creative director of The American Classic, will still be here in Philadelphia maintaing our East Coast perspectives, so not to worry: there will still be plenty of content generated from here. This also gives us access to a whole host of cities, brands, shops, creators, innovators, and events that we were sad to be uninvolved with before.

If you’d like to follow along on the move and the cross-country road trip, you can follow me on Instagram (@alexfrankel). There will likely be a photo recap of my time traveling but more will come from Instagram that won’t make it on the website. As always, thanks for your loyal readership. See you on the West Coast!

Eliot & Eads’ Kickstarter Campaign & First Single

Posted on May 8, 2012

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As you’ve seen over the past few weeks we’re doing a lot of work with Eliot & Eads, an Americana Rock group originally from St Louis, MO., now scattered across the country. I drum for the group and we’ve been playing music together for several years. To see this album finally come to fruition, after attempting to record this several years ago without proper knowledge of what we were doing, is a personal victory on a number of levels; In addition to playing in the band, I produced the record with Peter (the singer/songwriter for most of these tunes), mixed the entire album, and edited all of the video. Steve Streisguth, your immensely talented director of photography here on The American Classic, shot 95% of the video used in the promotion of this record. Today the Kickstarter campaign to complete the record (The Flyover States) has launched in addition to the first single from the upcoming release, titled “Yellow Rose”.

“Yellow Rose” was an interesting track from the get-go. It wasn’t written for the original album and, I believe, was initially intended to be an acoustic track. After getting the band together (a rare occasion when the members live in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New Orleans), it sounded too good not to record it this way. Take a listen and I certainly hope you enjoy it. If you’ve got any spare change in your pockets or are looking to fund some arts-related things, we’d certainly appreciate your consideration. While we understand that many folks can’t part with cash right now, help us spread the word and we’ll be just as appreciative. Thanks in advance.


Eliot & Eads’ Kickstarter Campaign

Eliot & Eads on Vimeo

Eliot & Eads’ website

On the Lookout vol. 03: Confirmed Stock 4/28

Posted on April 16, 2012

Finding out that Confirmed Stock is happening in not-so-far-away Baltimore, MD was very exciting for us; we don’t get to go to many big events like this as they either happen in New York and require big budgets or in Los Angeles and we simply can’t make it out there. This is happening close to home and we’re happy to be covering it. It’s an “innovative menswear-focused pop-up market” featuring some seriously excellent brands from around the country. The event is organized by Neal Shaffer and Drexler with the idea that these brands, largely unavailable in Baltimore currently, will bring awareness to the forward-motion of menswear and drive a need to have such brand’s presence in the city.

Confirmed Stock is really about giving men in the Baltimore area a chance to not only buy great stuff but also make more mindful decisions about how they spend their money,” said co-organizer Neal Shaffer. “Our vendors offer amazing products and that’s the main thing, but equally important is the fact that these are people you can buy from and feel good about where your money is going.”

“We’re looking to move the landscape forward for men’s style in Baltimore,” said co-organizer Chris Walbert. “The brands we’re showcasing have never had a Baltimore presence before, or if they have, it’s been a small one. In that regard, we see Confirmed Stock as just the beginning.”

We’re stoked to make the trip down to check out the excellent event these guys have planned. If you see Steve or I wandering around taking photos, do make sure to say hello. This will be the first event I’ve covered with more than one shooter/schmoozer so we’ll be covering quite a bit of ground. We’re very excited to see all of the brands and can’t wait to share the photos with you.

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Here are the dirty details:

Confirmed Stock


11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2640 St. Paul St. (in a former Church)

Baltimore, MD. 21218

Here’s a list of the featured brands:

Almanac Industries

Ball and Buck

Blue Claw Co.

Cause and Effect

Corter Leather


Federal Store 

Fischer Clothing

Greenwich Vintage Co.

Hellbrand Leatherworks

Jack Robie

Lumina Clothing

Mister Crow

Randolph Engineering

Ruell and Ray

Sandtown Millworks

Sixteen Tons

Two Inch Cuffs

Eliot & Eads in the Studio

Posted on March 29, 2012

Eliot & Eads has released their second video in support of their upcoming album, “The Flyover States”, due out sometime in early Summer. This video features Dave Lapinsky, of Matermathu, who came in to record some dobro and slide guitar parts. The song was written in an afternoon specifically designed to have a video as the backdrop. Again, full disclosure, I’m producing this record, editing all video related to the project, and can be seen stomping and clapping in the background. This was again shot by A.C. contributor Steve Streisguth.


If you’d like to see the first video in this series, click here.

You can find Eliot & Eads by clicking here.

You can view Steve Streisguth’s other work on this site and by clicking here.

New Menus

Posted on March 26, 2012

A few administrative updates; we’ve removed the links section which you’d normally find if you delved deeper into the site on the right sidebar. It didn’t seem right making people hunt for this and if they didn’t know it was there, they might never find it at all. Showcasing brands and companies we enjoy is an important part about what we do so we’ve moved it to the top menu for easy access for all.

That being said we’ve also consolidated a few menus and created some new ones. There are now some drop-down menus (*gasp* technology!) including Contact, Projects & Collaborations, and Features. You can still get to us directly by clicking on the Contact menu which will take you to the appropriate form.

The new menus are for easier access to running features or special projects we’ve worked on including all of your favorite series such as The Standard Relay or Inquiries & Responses and projects like Natural Process or Eliot & Eads.

In other news, your favorite new contributor, Steve Streisguth, has just celebrated a birthday so if you see him (or his well-written and photographed articles), give him some lovin’.

Thanks for your continued support. Just wanted to make note of the changes.