Archives for May 2008 | A Continuous Lean.

Weekend Video | Rube Goldberg Machines

May 31st, 2008 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

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Watch | East of Havana

May 30th, 2008 | Categories: Film, TV | by Michael Williams

My friend Jauretsi’s documentary film East of Havana —a look into the burgeoning underground Cuban hip-hop scene —is making its television debut tonight (May 30th) on the Sundance Channel at 10PM. If you are as interested in Cuban culture as I am, you will make sure to check it out.

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SIGNALS

May 30th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • The New York Times catches up with JFK & RFK’s tailor | [The New York Times]
  • 1960′s Saks University Shop ads from the Yale Daily News | [Bulldog]
  • Life is good. The women of fashion 2008 is online | [Men.style.com]
  • Literally, a whole website devoted to the Ampersand | [Gosedesign]
  • Sony Music discovers the potential of its basement photo archive | [The New York Times] [Pictured]
Photo: Don Hunstein
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The Real Deal Workwear

May 29th, 2008 | Categories: Style | by Michael Williams

The pictures below were discovered while perusing one of my all time favorite websites, Shorpy. The images beautifully show classic workwear from the 1940′s. The first photo of the gentleman working the rail yard is specially inspiring. Look at the detailing, the hardware, the blue and black wool plaid shirt, the flipped up cap, all of it is remarkable. Also notable is the image of the women factory workers on their lunch break (thermoses and wax paper!) in their coveralls and welding goggles. Click each image for a close-up view.





J. Crew Teams with Spade, Channels Hopper.

May 29th, 2008 | Categories: New York City, Preppy, Retail | by Michael Williams

The June/July issue of Details sheds some light on the special new J. Crew men’s store in TriBeCa. So far we know that the space —an old liquor store on West Broadway —is spectacular and sort of Edward Hopper-esq. What we learned from the Details article is even more exciting. One of the ACL’s idols Mr. Andy Spade and his new creative firm Partners & Spade, has been retained to add his retail genius into the mix. This makes me think that we could have an American interpretation of Paul Smith on our hands. I can’t wait to get a first hand look at this store and I am excited to be able to finally buy Birdwell Britches in person.





On Repeat | The Black Keys

May 29th, 2008 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

A band I have become obsessed with as of late is the Akron, Ohio bred duo The Black Keys. Not sure what it is about two man groups like The Black Keys and the now defunct Death From Above 1979 that get me. I made a mix of some of my favorite songs off of the band’s new album Attack & Release (which incidentally was recorded in my hometown of Cleveland) and their previous release The Big Come Up. The entire Attack & Release record is excellent and I have to recommend that you purchase it. You won’t be disappointed —it is solid from start to finish.





Flickr Find | Kodachrome

May 28th, 2008 | Categories: Flickr Find | by Michael Williams

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

I fell in love with the Kodak Kodachrome only a short time ago thanks to Shorpy. I recently made a huge camera acquisition but nothing about modern digital photography can replace the color and the richness of a Kodachrome. Paul Simon said it best..

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

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