Archives for February 2008 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

Independent Spirit Awards | Pajamas, Vests, Spectacles and Suede.

Feb 23rd, 2008 | Categories: Movies, Style | by Michael Williams

My business partner Ali always says that the Independent Spirit Awards are by far her favorite awards show. “They are just so casual, so fun and relaxed” she says. The guys came out dressed just like Ali said, casual and comfortable. Definitely how I would want to dress for an awards show.

JOSH HARTNETT HAS GOOD STYLE. ANY IDEA WHO MAKES THAT JACKET?

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MY FRIEND ROB DRESSED RAINN WILSON FOR THE EVENT. I LIKE HIS NERDY LOOK. WONDER WHAT HIS SHOES LOOKED LIKE?

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GLEN HANSARD FROM THE MOVIE ONCE LOOKED GOOD IN SPURR DENIM.

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Thursday Styles Goes to Work.

Feb 22nd, 2008 | Categories: Americana, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

Anyone that read David Colman’s piece in the Thursday Styles yesterday could have predicted that I wouldn’t be able to resist covering it here. I am a huge fan of work wear inspired fashion. Growing up in blue-collar Ohio I suppose you could say it is in my blood. Brands like Red Wing, Carhartt, Wigwam, Dickies and even Cintas were staples. Having spent my younger years doing manual labor, I’m lucky that now I can just dress the part. The closest I get to a construction site is on Curbed.

The interest of fashion in work wear brands is a good thing. I’m happy that many of the companies I mentioned earlier (not all of the ones in the article) still make their products in the US. The fact of the matter is, the blue collar guys demand it. Hopefully being fashionable will be good for their business.

As mentioned in the article, Dave’s New York is the best place in the city to get the read-deal work wear classics.

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Images via Josh Lehrer for The New York Times at One York in Tribeca
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Original Penguin for Boys.

Feb 21st, 2008 | Categories: Style | by Michael Williams

Last week I had a chance to catch up with my friends at Original Penguin and check out the company’s fall collection. I always liked the retro-style of the reincarnated Penguin. The company has done a good job of keeping their merchandising and distribution strong. While I was perusing the new offerings, I stumbled upon the new boys collection. The stuff is cool. It looks a lot like what I would wear as a kid – only I had a bowl cut.

The collection will be in stores in late summer. Some pictures below.

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Southern Trad by Smathers & Branson.

Feb 20th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

A friend recently tipped me off to the needlepoint accessories purveyor Smathers & Branson. The company is basically a southern interpretation of Vineyard Vines. The “collegiate” offerings are either SEC, ACC or Southern-based schools and the first image on the press page is G. H. W. Bush. It doesn’t get more Southern Trad than that. The collection is a little too preppy for me, but it is perfect for the Garden & Gun types of the world. The company does make custom belts which I think is the best route to go with these types of things. Makes you a little less fratty. I was going to joke that they should extend the line to include Beer Koozies, then I saw that Smathers & Branson already makes them. Hilarious. I suppose that still leaves Chevrolet Suburbans, visors and Croakies.

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New Classic American.

Feb 20th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Footwear, Project | by Michael Williams

I wear my shoes until they have holes in them. The reason I dress the way I do has more to do with not being fashionable, than being on trend. I wear Sperry Top-Siders, Bean Boots, Chuck Taylors, Red Wings, Blucher Mocs, Stan Smiths and Alden shoes because I know I can’t screw that look up. They are called classics for a reason. Change is bad!

Sperry has done a lot to keep their brand relevant without compromising the core customer. Just the fact that the company is working with Band of Outsiders on a small collection, updating the classic Sperry styles and showing them at a show like Project says a lot. Sperry must understand the consequence of an aging customer-base. It is smart to strike while the iron is hot and GQ is on-board. As seen below, the AW08 Sperry offering is fantastic. In this case, change is good.

The updated non-Band of Outsiders Sperry Top-Siders.

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Project Compulsion | Swims.

Feb 19th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Style | by Michael Williams

One thing I took away from the Project trade show is a reinforced concept of grandpa chic. Like my post on Klein Tools, everything old is new again. Case in point, the Norwegian Galoshe company Swims. The founder/designer of Swims got the great idea to reinvent the Galoshe after wearing a pair that his grandfather had given to him years earlier. The colorful and well-designed rubbers have a unique lining that, as an added bonus, will shine your shoes while you wear them. Swims also come with a fabric bag to stash them away in your briefcase when it is clear and dry.

The imagery they shot for the marketing materials is terrific. I love when a company completely styles an entire shoot around something like a Galoshe. The Saab is a nice touch too.

Swims (aprox. $155) are available at select Bloomingdales stores.

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On Repeat | José González.

Feb 18th, 2008 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

I can’t get enough of the Argentinian born and Swedish raised singer songwriter José González. His latest album In Our Nature is so soothing and melodic, I can listen to it over and over and never get enough. His voice and acoustic guitar on the track Down the Line are simply perfect.

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