- Aug 31, 2004
- Reaction score
ALD styling is so NYC that I didn’t know anyone outside of NY would actually get it.ALD is so uniquely NYC in it's DNA and a specific period of NYC
The last lookbook in particular hit the nostalgia apex. ALD is how we dressed back then, flipping prep items like rugby shirts, polos, leather or barn jackets (in the fall), sailor jackets (in spring), corduroy pants, blue jeans.
Always sized up because these weren’t meant to be “streetwear”, which was a fashion category that didn’t even exist back then lol. And finished off with air max 3 or 95s, burgundy lug Timbs, wheat Timbs, wallys, and up top, a Polo dad cap or ‘old man’ tweed flat cap.
It was dope because it wasn’t obvious streetwear like you have today. Pete & CL, DasEFx, Black Moon, 36 chambers, midnight, illmatic, diamond d, gang starr, etc etc on the E train finished the vibe. My favorite era for style AND music, and ALD captures it better than anyone.
Besides Polo, there was Gap (in its glory days), Eddie Bauer, J Crew had a catalog back then you could order from, but just rock it street.
I don’t think it really matters to today’s consumer. When people flex ALD , it’s usually the sneaker collabs, logo hats, yankee caps. Interchangeable with Supreme if you ask me.I don't know how much that sort of authenticity matters to people who are just looking for Supreme that isn't Supreme, which ALD clearly is now that Noah has fallen off and Kith is widely regarded as corny.