Archives for April 2008 | A Continuous Lean.

South Street and the Fulton Fish Market

Apr 30th, 2008 | Categories: New York City | by Michael Williams

The New York Times’ City Room Blog wrote an interesting article on Barbara Mensch’s book South Street and the photography exhibit that is currently being held at the South Street Seaport Museum. The show is centered around pictures of the gritty Fulton Fish Market and the people that worked there in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Photo: Barbara Mensch, Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery NYC

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From the Desk of…

Apr 30th, 2008 | Categories: Design, From the Desk of..., Style | by Michael Williams

From the Desk of… is a window into the world and workspace of some of ACL’s most stylish friends.

In addition to being a talented filmmaker, designer, artist and bespoke clipboard maker, Alexander Olch is the subject of this week’s From the Desk of… column.

Mr. Olch’s description

This is the first studio I ever rented – and have been working here now for seven years. It was proudly furnished at low-budget: Desk – 1 inch thick MDF board on 2 steel sawhorses, chair from the old Chelsea flea market, long pine wood shelves with two coats of Red Devil glossy white enamel paint, Steel shelves at right from B & Z Steel Shelving in SoHo, with the same paint. Computer is still the same – Mac OS 9.2.2. Electronics all old and borrowed – Pioneer SX-737 tuner, Panasonic Easa-Phone, pro VHS deck, and speakers all from 1990. Black framed photograph (center top) is the first I ever took – in 1983 of the waves in Ogunquit, Maine.





Flickr Find | Ampersand

Apr 29th, 2008 | Categories: Flickr Find, Style | by Michael Williams

Flickr Find is a weekly column of interesting things found on the amazing and inspiring photo sharing website Flickr.

Is there a better character than the Ampersand? The elegant symbol is my Flickr obsession for the week. The complete set of images can be found here.





Living the Life at Coachella

Apr 29th, 2008 | Categories: Los Angeles, Music | by Michael Williams

I’m dumb. Why didn’t I go to Coachella? The Indie rock festival was this past weekend near Palm Springs and I am getting all sorts of reports of amazingness — which is prompting me to resentment, jealously and loathing. My biz partner Ali was lucky enough smart enough to go and she said the festival was stellar per usual. She also said that The National was “one of the best performances at Coachella.” She sure does love those guys from The National. A Medium Format was also out there and took some great pictures.

UPDATE: The people at Anthem tipped me off to pictures from their Coachella party, aptly dubbed La Fiesta de Fiestas.

Vampire Weekend | Photo via JMaloney





The Banker Bag.

Apr 28th, 2008 | Categories: Men's wear, New York City, Preppy, Random, Style | by Michael Williams

Is there a more ubiquitous bag in New York than the canvas duffels that the bankers carry? I noticed the bags frequently around the city and would always try to find a store that stocks them. I was sure that I would be able to get one on the Upper East Side, but alas no luck. At that point I started doing research and eventually found out that the bags are made by the New Canaan, CT. based Warden-Brooks, Ltd. Around the same time as this duffel quest was going on — I was trying to come up with an idea for a holiday gift for my then client J. Press. So I decided to kill two birds with one stone and commission my very own banker bag. Working with the J. Press creative director and the people at Warden-Brooks, we designed the beige canvas bag around some great deadstock navy and red wool webbing that we found on eBay. The result is a classic J. Press bag for all occasions.





Weekend Video | Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press

Apr 27th, 2008 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

The BBC recently aired a facinating program where Stephen Fry painstakingly recreates the Gutenberg Press. You can find the complete series of videos after the jump.

Part One

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Weekend Video | Millard "Mickey" Drexler

Apr 26th, 2008 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

This past week J. Crew Group C.E.O. Mr. Millard Drexler was a guest on Charlie Rose. He provided great insight into the retail world, specifically that of The Gap and J. Crew Group. I was mesmerized by the interview and it made me feel as if I was friends with Mickey — or in someway connected to his inner circle. The story of how Mr. Drexler had purchased the defunct New Bedford, Mass. based workwear manufacturing company Madewell, relaunched the name as a contemporary women’s brand and then leased it to J. Crew for one dollar was particularly intriguing.