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

People Watching and Day Drinking in NYC.

Apr 25th, 2008 | Categories: Drinking, New York City | by Michael Williams

We have been having beautiful weather here in New York City, the type of weather you hear about from your friends that moved to LA. The difference is, we only get a few days of it every year. So I say, get away from your computer and do some people watching and day drinking. I made a little map of some of my favorite places to go to enjoy the spring weather.

Where to People Watch and Day Drink in NYC

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Do you know Your Whereabouts?

Apr 24th, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Style | by Michael Williams

Every so often you discover a brand that fits perfectly with your style for a certain time or a certain place. The Japanese company WHEREABOUTS does that for me. The pleasantly disheveled collection screams relaxed summer and the line makes perfect sense for a place like Los Angeles. WHEREABOUTS would totally be my look should I ever choose to relocate to Southern California. Well, everything except the hats. I don’t think I could pull that look off. The styling of the looks below is well done and adds to the relaxed feel. The pants are too long and frumpy and the bow tie is twisted off to one side. I love it. It all makes for a terrific collection, which is fittingly only available in the U.S. at H. Lorenzo Men in LA. Seems like something Steven Alan would like as well, especially considering all of the other Japanese brands that he is stocking. More looks after the jump.

Obsession | The Saltbox

Apr 23rd, 2008 | Categories: Design, Obsessions, Random | by Michael Williams

I have been thinking for a long time about getting a place upstate. Maybe something in a sleepy town in Sullivan County. I’ll get myself a nice old pickup truck to haul stuff around. I know just what I want the place to look like — a classic Saltbox. My mother grew up in one in Ledyard, Conn. It was this amazing old house in the woods that has since become a historic site called the Nathan Lester House. I was always enchanted when my mom would tell me stories about the “Indian room” which was a secret windowless room in the house that the original inhabitants had installed (around 1795) to protect themselves from the Native Americans in the area. Obviously, the concept of an “Indian room” is a derogatory holdover from a bygone era, but as a kid the idea of a secret room is beyond amazing. Some great Saltbox homes and farms are pictured below.

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From the Desk of…

Apr 23rd, 2008 | Categories: From the Desk of... | 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 really nice guy, Men’s Vogue Fashion Director Stephen Watson is one of the most stylish and tasteful gentlemen in the business. Pictured and described below is Mr. Watson’s desk – from high atop the Condé Nast tower.

Flickr Find | Ephemera

Apr 22nd, 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.

I stumbled across this photo set of Ephemera from the guys at We Made This. Lots of good old type and texture. The full set of images can be seen here.

Southwick 2.0

Apr 21st, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Made in the USA, Men's Stores, Men's wear, Preppy, Style, Suiting | by Michael Williams

The ACL favorite and American made clothing brand Southwick recently launched a redesigned website. The new site, along with the updated designs for fall, have me excited about the Lawrence, Mass. based clothing company. I find Southwick to be the perfect combination of my clothing preferences. Natural shoulder, traditional styling, classic fabrications and the fact that everything is made in the United States. I enjoy a company that offers a Sack suit along with other, more contemporary fit options.

Weekend Video | Alan Flusser

Apr 20th, 2008 | Categories: Style, Video | by Michael Williams