Archives for March 2008 | A Continuous Lean.

Swedish Preppy via Our Legacy.

Mar 31st, 2008 | Categories: Design, Men's wear, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

If you like preppy clothes and you like A.P.C., then you will like the Swedish line Our Legacy. The new spring collection is clean and simple. I love the way it is casually styled, so light and crisp. The collection is available at the ACL favorite Blackbird in Seattle, Bird for Men in Brooklyn (I don’t know that shop but that is what the people at Our Legacy told me) and through the online retailer Tres Bien Shop who carries the entire collection and “delivers worldwide with elegance”. Well said. Looks from the SS08 collection below.


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The NAVY-ism | The Sand Pebbles

Mar 31st, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Japan, Made in the USA, Magazines, Style | by Michael Williams

Number four of a five part series.

Between Free & Easy and the Rusty Knot, nautical seems to have taken over my world. As I browsed The Navy-ism, I came to the realization that the entire issue seems to have been inspired by the 1966 Steve McQueen movie The Sand Pebbles. I think it is fairly common knowledge that the Japanese are obsessed with McQueen. Case in point, the craziest film devoted website (which has to be run by a Japanese guy) that I have ever seen. So I suppose his inclusion in the issue makes perfect sense. One of the still life pages of Free & Easy has a picture of McQueen in a CPO (Chief Petty Officer) shirt with a selection of other vintage shirts and their detailing. The CPO shirts are classic and more stylish than ever. I’m sure Double RL makes them or you can buy the authentic version. If you go the Army Navy route, you might need to have the shirt altered as they can be quite boxy in shape.

Mr. Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles.

Steve McQueen

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Weekend Video | Suit Construction

Mar 29th, 2008 | Categories: Media, Suiting, Video | by Michael Williams

Ray Smith from The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article in this weekend’s paper about China’s emerging role in suit construction.

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Article here.

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Weekend Video | Fearless Yachts

Mar 29th, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

Where do I sign up?

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Fearless Yachts

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Weekend Video | Thomas Keller

Mar 29th, 2008 | Categories: Food, Video | by Michael Williams

Earlier this week Charlie Rose sat down for an interesting and informative interview with Chef Thomas Keller. The full episode is below.

Further Reading:

The French Laundry Cook Book

Animal Farm Butter

Elysian Fields

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A Well Suited Kinetic State.

Mar 28th, 2008 | Categories: Art, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

Artist Joseph La Piana had a reception last night for the opening of his newest exhibit “Kinetic State” at the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea. The artist presented his intriguing abstract paintings with guests Demi Moore, Clive Davis and most notably Thom Browne. The stylish Mr. La Piana was dressed in a Thom Browne suit and plaid tie.


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Critical Shopper | Jean Shop

Mar 28th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Denim, Design, Media, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

Yesterday, Mike Albo from The New York Times reviewed the denim destination Jean Shop for the Thursday Styles. To get the name out there, Jean Shop relies mostly on word of mouth referrals and reputation as one of the most authentic companies making and selling denim. The brand is fairly press shy and it doesn’t actively seek coverage, so I was excited to see the compnay profiled in the Thursday Styles. Jean Shop is one of the few denim brands that only uses Selvage denim to make its jeans. The store received mostly positive marks for their offerings in Mike Albo’s review. Granted some of the things are expensive, but in my opinion the jeans 100% justify the price tag. In my crazy mind, I break down the cost of a pair of jeans by the number of times that I will wear them. So that makes $240 less of a big deal, because that’s only 32 cents per wear! I’ll admit, it is not based on any sort of common sense or logic.