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: Hell W10

In 1983, The Clash returned to England following a world tour in support of The Who. They were tired, road weary, their original drummer Topper Headon had just been fired, their fearless leader Joe Strummer was having trouble finding inspiration and spending more time arguing with guitarist Mick Jones than writing songs; the group was on the brink of collapse. But, instead of taking some time apart to try to salvage their relationships, The Clash dove headfirst into an entirely new project titled Hell W10. For years Strummer had wanted to make a film, and with some downtime on his hands, he saw an opportunity to finally create the silent, gangster movie of his dreams. Over the next few months The Clash’s remaining band members, roadies, friends, and random hanger-ons operated as cast and crew to achieve Strummer’s bizarro vision. The result is forty-nine minutes of fights, shoddy dialogue, and home video quality cinematography, all backed by an epic soundtrack of Clash songs. The movie also has some incredible costumes. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Sidney Poitier

There are few true cinematic legends. And I’m not talking about the self-proclaimed “legends” of today’s bland blockbusters, but rather, those mythical figures that changed cinema forever. One such luminary, is Sidney Poitier. In 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American actor to win an Oscar. From there he became one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood, with such films as To Sir, With Love and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. During the prime of his career, Poitier was not merely a star on the screen, he was also one of the town’s best dressed leading-men. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Joy Division

Despite only releasing two studio albums, Joy Division’s influence can still be seen today. Favoring thoughtful introspection and moody atmospherics over the traditional three-chord blast of punk, the band helped usher in – and eventually became the poster children for – the post-punk movement. Though their run was cut short by the untimely suicide of front-man Ian Curtis, their legacy as one of the most groundbreaking acts of all time lives on. And that legacy isn’t just due to their music. If there were ever a band that could be described as “cohesive” it’s Joy Division. From their album art, to their press photos, to their clothes, their visual side always matched their audible one. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Alton Brown

Not only is he a walking, talking encyclopedia of all things food, Alton Brown is also one of the best dressed “real people” on television. From his elbow patched tweed blazers, to his window paned linen suits, to his blue oxfords, to his signature bow ties, the Food Network star rarely appears in front of the camera looking anything less than his best. What particularly makes Brown a neo-icon in my eyes, is that he has an enviable grasp of his own style. After his very public choice to lose weight a couple years back, Brown really pegged down what he likes and what fits, and he’s stuck to it ever since. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Knife in the Water

Decades before Chinatown, the Pianist, Oscar awards, and unfortunate scandals, Roman Polanski burst onto the global film scene in 1962 with Knife in the Water. The film, which only features three actors, and takes place almost entirely on a boat, became a smash hit, not only in Polanski’s native Poland, but across the world, garnering the first Academy Award nomination for a Polish film. Fifty-plus years later, and it remains not only one of the sexiest movies ever made, but also one of the best dressed. From the opening frame, the film simply oozes style. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi was the organic answer to a design movement otherwise defined by pronounced lines and technological advancements. One of mid-century modern’s key figures, Noguchi’s nature-inspired pieces offered a stark contrast to the clean, seemingly mechanized creations of his peers. He began his career as a sculptor in the 1920’s, working with wood, metals, stone and plaster to create beautiful shapes that balanced hard edges with curved forms. In 1947, Noguchi took on another role as a furniture designer for the illustrious Herman Miller company, producing a variety of items including what is now his most recognizable work, the Noguchi table. With so much on his plate, the artist spent most of his days in his studio. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Ian Fleming

Sir Ian Fleming was the sort of man that James Bond would have come across in the smoke-filled rooms of his stories. It’s easy to imagine Fleming sitting at a bar, dressed to the nines, dragging on a wispy cigarette, while sipping from a martini glass and chatting up his nightly arm candy. It only took Fleming, a former British naval intelligence officer, two months to pen Casino Royale, the first Bond book in 1952. Bond was never meant to be autobiographical, but he was certainly created in Fleming’s image. Spinning his tales of covert missions into full-blown spy thrillers, Fleming reinvented the espionage genre by making 007 as dashing as he was death-defying. And looking at how Fleming carried himself, it’s no wonder where the inspiration for Bond’s attitude and appearance came from. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: The Band

It’s been over thirty-five years since The Band played their Last Waltz, but their music sounds as relevant today as ever. Levon, Rick, Richard, Garth, and Robbie first came together in Canada as a backing band for established artists in the late fifties. But, it wasn’t until 1965, when the group went on tour with Bob Dylan, that they got the jump start they needed to move into the spotlight. Throughout the late sixties and seventies The Band’s free flowing, folk-meets-rock sound garnered them much critical acclaim, and left an influence that’s still felt today. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Jack McCoy

I’d like to think that within the hallowed halls of television’s high temple, there’s a special place carved out for Law & Order. At any given time, on any given day, I can guarantee there’s at least one channel chiming in with that unforgettable “Dun Dun” and an hour long glimpse at city crime, peppered with just the right number of witty one liners. For me, what’s always kept me coming back to the show, year after year, are the characters, and no one more so than Jack McCoy. Read more »