Archives for May 2008 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 3


May 21st, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • A man’s guide to summer reading | [Kempt]
  • Weekend bags just in time for Memorial Day | [] [Pictured]
  • A look at Jonathan Ive, the man behind Apple’s iconic design | [The Independent]
  • The top ten timeless gentlemen | [The Foggy Monocle]
  • Chloë Sevigny x Opening Ceremony for guys? Me like! | []
Photo: Chris Astley

Band of Outsiders Versus Steven Alan

May 20th, 2008 | Categories: Commercials, Men's wear, Style | by Michael Williams

We all know that Apple has a keen eye for good design. Apparently, it extends to the wardrobe for the company’s ubiquitous Mac vs. PC commercials. The Apple character in the commercials (Justin Long) has been wearing some of menswear’s most stylish woven shirts. I spotted him in multiple Band of Outsiders and more recently in Steven Alan button downs. I first caught on to the trend while looking through the Band of Outsiders website a while back. Then recently, I noticed the bunched-up top button (calling card of the Reverse Seam Steven Alan shirts) in one of the new commercials. That got me thinking —woven shirt smackdown? I tend to wear both of these brands, with more emphasis on Steven Alan, mainly because my body type is much closer to Steven’s then Scott Sternberg’s and I think that designers like to base their patterns on themselves. Anyway, what say you? Which do you prefer? Band or Mister Alan?

Steven Alan Reverse Seam cotton shirt $168

Take Ivy

May 19th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Japan, Men's wear, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

In the late sixties, a forward thinking Japanese photographer traveled throughout the northeastern United States stopping at each of the Ivy League schools to document the style of the era. The resulting book, cryptically titled Take Ivy, is pure genius. The photo book was out of print until a few years ago when a small run was re-released, only to immediately sell out. I have tried to recreate the spirit of the book as best I can through these scans. Further proof that preppy / Ivy League style transcends time and trends.


May 19th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • In the fine tradition of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper — Moonshine lives | [Wired] [Pictured]
  • The true original Japanese version of The Office | [Gawker]
  • Ralph Lauren likes to bite U.S. Army style and The Trad is pissed! | [The Trad]
  • The Kaufmann house gavel has sounded and for a cool 16.84M | [Men's Vogue] (Many thanks Mister Watson for the tip)
  • Great undiscovered New York sandwiches | [Diner's Journal NYT]
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Obsession | The Kaufmann House

May 16th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Obsessions, Style | by Michael Williams

Much has been said recently about The Kaufmann Desert house. Portfolio wrote about it in the May Issue as did Men’s Vogue (sorry, can’t find that story online). J. Crew even got in on the action. The house was designed by Richard Neutra in 1946, as commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., a Pittsburgh department store owner. The beautiful modernist home has an amazing story and in my mind is the epitome of fashionable Palm Springs living. I believe the property is still for sale through Christie’s, If you are looking for a good place to party at next year’s Coachella.


May 16th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • A well edited guide to men’s bags | [Refinery29]
  • Every curse word from the first episode of Deadwood, conveniently in one clip | [YouTube via] NSFW
  • Top 20 all time fashion moments from the Cannes Film Festival | [Pictured]
  • O’Reilly’s rant THE REMIX | [Vanity Fair]
  • One of the last industrial holdovers of SoHo is closing up shop | [The New York Times]
Photo: Richard Melloul/Sygma/Corbis
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On Monday, I Will Blow Your Mind…

May 15th, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Men's wear, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

I hate to tease you people, but on Monday I will blow your mind. (Well, I’m excited about it anyway. Hopefully you will be too and everyone will win.) I just need the weekend to get everything together. Hold steady.