Jake Gallagher

Jake Gallagher

Jake Gallagher is a New York City based writer with a penchant for backstories and the more pedantic side of men’s style. He has written for A Continuous Lean, GQ, and Esquire, and when he’s not spouting about some obscure Japanese brand, he can be found eating green grapes, or drinking an East Coast IPA.

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Gary Oldman

For an actor who got his big break playing Sid Vicious, Gary Oldman’s career has been admirably disciplined. Unlike Vicious, who fizzled out almost as quickly as he gained notoriety, Oldman has been playing the long gain, amassing an impressive record of roles over his thirty-five year career. In that time, he’s played everyone from Sirius Black, to George Smiley, to Lee Harvey Oswald, with a memorable turn as Count Dracula tossed in for good measure. And yet, it’s away from the camera that Oldman steps into one of his most interesting roles: a paragon of British refinement and classic Hollywood panache. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm McLaren was a master of manipulation, and I mean that as a compliment. From Vivienne Westwood, to the Sex Pistols, to Bow Wow Wow, to Duck Rock, Malcolm McLaren’s career was built upon his ability to fabricate “cool” in any capacity. In his early years, this meant working hand in hand with designer (and then girlfriend) Vivienne Westwood to define what post-hippie style would look like. From there, McLaren played a pivotal role in the punk movement by forming the Sex Pistols and developing their signature dress. After crafting the gritty punk look, McLaren moved onto a more graphic-heavy aesthetic throughout the disco era and beyond. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: The Goonies

It’s been almost two decades since The Goonies first refused to say “die,” but their declaration of immortality still rings clear today. That ragtag lot of adventurous kids seems to become more and more beloved as the years go on, but that’s not just mere nostalgia. The Goonies plainly is one of the most enjoyable films of all time, epitomizing the madcap adventure genre that Steven Spielberg, Christopher Columbus, and their counterparts popularized throughout the 1980s. Aside from being straight up fun, The Goonies also stands as a prime example of ’80s style at its best. As they journey in and under suburban Oregon in search of buried treasure, the eight Goonies are outfitted head to toe in some of the era’s finest Northwestern wares. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Paul Feig

If Judd Apatow is modern comedy’s frontman, than Paul Feig is its bassist. He’s steady and consistent, but always seems to know exactly when to step into the limelight for maximum effect. Throughout the ’90s, Feig was a “that guy” actor, someone you’d recognize in films or TV shows, such as Heavyweights and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, without ever knowing his name. However, it wasn’t until later in the decade that Feig’s career really took of, when he moved behind the lens, and created the beloved cult show Freaks & Geeks. Since then, Feig has gone on to direct movies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, as well as episodes of Arrested Development, The Office, and even Mad Men and Nurse Jackie. What’s unique about Feig is that for a man who remains primarily behind the scenes, he’s far better dressed than most of the actors he directs. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: George Harrison

Nearly half a century after they performed together for the last time, the legend of The Beatles continues to grow, elevating those four mop-topped chaps from Liverpool from mere musicians to immortals. By the numbers, The Beatles’ career isn’t all that phenomenal – they only released thirteen albums over ten short years. But, their attitudes and respective personas continue to captivate, generation after generation, year after year. John was the irreverent artist, Paul was the heartthrob, Ringo was the mysterious backbone, and George was, well, George was a little harder to pin down. Though he shared traits with his three bandmates, Harrison was, in our opinion, the most stylish and aesthetically intriguing of all of them. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Jim Henson

To say that Jim Henson was just a puppeteer would be a colossal understatement. While Henson developed a veritable army of stuffed characters across his five year career, what he truly created, beyond the slew of television programs and personalities, was joy. Few, if any people, have ever spurred more unfettered bliss in their audience than Mr. Henson. From Sesame Street to Saturday Night Live, Henson was a true master of his craft, designing, animating and voicing characters of all shapes and sizes. His relentless imagination gave birth to some of the most beloved fuzzy figures to ever make their way onto the screen. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Edward Abbey

Photos of Edward Abbey during his mid-century heyday reveal a man who could easily be deemed a caricature of the average environmentalist. But, there’s nothing ironic about Abbey’s style. Few outdoors men lived their ideals as intensely as Abbey. As a part time Park Ranger, part time writer, and full time radical, Abbey was a true environmentalist, who believed that we should save the earth at all costs, even if it meant denouncing democracy or landing on the FBI watch-list. Abbey was an unabashed anarchist, an alleged womanizer, and an all around ecological badass. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Dan from Roseanne

“Good style” is the sum total of a number of elements, not just the clothes one wears. That’s why we herald the Agnelli’s, Redford’s and Lauren’s of the world, for their ability to put together outfits that both meet and alter our expectations. And, it’s also by this accord that we can declare Dan Conner, John Goodman’s character from the sitcom Roseanne, a paragon of “good style” as well. Now before you balk at the assertion that a schlubby, fictional father of three is a style icon, consider each component of Goodman’s look. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: J.D. Salinger

At the start of his career, J.D. Salinger was the picture of mid-century success – a strapping young man from New York City, armed with a quick wit, vivid imagination, and myriad tales of his time in the military. In 1951 he published his best known work, “The Catcher in the Rye” a crafty and concise tale of a sixteen year old exploring New York City in the wake of his expulsion from yet another prep school. The novel was a smash, heralded for being wholly personal yet universally relatable. Over the next couple of years, Salinger continued to write and publish, but he slowly slipped away from the public eye, moving his family to upstate New York, and declining interviews. By the time he released his novella “Franny and Zooey” in 1961, the author had become a full blown hermit. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Mash

If you’ve only seen the TV version of MASH, do yourself a favor and rent / stream / download the movie that inspired it. Directed by Robert Altman, and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., the original MASH was a not so subtle satire of the Vietnam campaign, exposing the absurdities and hypocrisies of the United States’ then current war by examining the failures of the country’s previous efforts in Korea – a not too distant memory for much of the audience. The film is one of the finest of the seventies. It manages to be both serious and silly, forcing audiences to confront the myriad issues of war in between fits of laughter. MASH is also a fascinating time capsule of an era in which military garb ceased to symbolize lock-step allegiance, and became embraced by the counter-culture. Read more »