The chopper is the one special breed of bike that has come to best embody the legend of freedom on the road that is everything Americana, from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s Easyrider to Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels. In the 288 pages of Gestalten’s hardcover, Chopper: the Real Story traces chopper history back to the early customized bikes at the turn of the 19th century […]


7 Oct
American-made timepieces with Detroit pride

Shinola represents all-American made in their Detroit factory, their foundation being a unique Argonite movement using dozens of Swiss parts, domestically assembled with custom-made tools handled by highly skilled craftspeople. The Runwell Sport wristwatch, built for action with the highest possible quality in mind, has a 715 high-accuracy quartz movement, Super-LumiNova printed dial, stainless steal case and a sporty […]


This is a project of great interest to us here at LIAS. Mike Brodie, also known as “the Polaroid Kid”, left home with a camera and spent the next several years hopping trains all over America. The collected photos of the era have since toured the country in exhibits, ultimately settling down into the 104-page book […]


22 Jul
True American Spirit(s) distilled in Massachusetts

Gone are the days of a good rum coming from some white-sanded Caribbean island. Now is the time when the cane juice comes straight from the original 13 colonies. Massachusetts-made Privateer Rum is kind of on the Plymouth Rock tip, priding itself as being a “true American rum”.  The claim is that the changing seasons […]


17 Jul
French summer flannel with American flavor for Spring/Summer

When French homage label LES (ART)ISTS dropped their first line of artist-inspired tshirts, we were quick to grab a couple (Margiela, McQueen and Lagerfeld if you must know). Pairing famed names in the fashion industry with the year of their birth on the back, the simple shirts excelled simply in execution: great cut, nice materials, unique concept. […]


8 May
A collection of the first color postcards from the "New World"

This country may be young in terms of its years of history as a “New World”, but that doesn’t speak any less of its capacity for volumes of photographic documentation. With the photochrom postcard of the late 19th and early twentieth century, the significance and possibilities of photography rose immeasurably. As the marking point in […]


Usually you watch a broadcast of a sports game and really never think of the amount of work and complexity that goes on behind the scenes to bring you the game. Or, maybe you do. Maybe you watch the carefully choreographed production and wonder exactly how that happens. SB Nation’s latest mini-documentary, Sunday Symphony, sheds […]


Native Sons gets literary for their latest eyewear collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Their “Sons of Glory” collection looks to the world of American literature for its inspiration, tapping iconic authors J.D. Salinger, William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and more for their taste in frames. All models are crafted of high grade materials such […]

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