Archives for July 2008 | A Continuous Lean.


Jul 31st, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

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  • Blue crabs and football that’s what Maryland does! ACL and’s Josh Peskowitz get crackin | [ACL Flickr]
  • Mister Michael Macko heads to McCarren Park Pool and comes back with a fashion anthem | [DETAILS] [Pictured — not the anthem but related]
  • Some SUPER eyewear. No seriously…that’s what it is called | [Selectism]
  • Where are the boys? Who cares! A look at The GAP’s fall campaign | [Division Street]
  • Freeman’s can’t do anything wrong and you know it | [R29 Pipeline]

Mad Men on Charlie Rose

Jul 30th, 2008 | Categories: Mad Men, TV, Video | by Michael Williams

Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and John Slattery stopped by Charlie Rose this past week for a discussion about the comings and goings of one of the best shows on television. The lead-in to the segment featured some Mad Men influences like Gentleman’s Agreement, The Apartment, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Classics, all of them. The conversation with Weiner (the show’s creator) and the two lead actors was interesting and insightful. Seeing Hamm and Slattery out of character is always strange to my eyes, but the discussion offered good insight into where season two is heading. Rose never fails to amuse me with his constant paper shuffling and magazine touting — never missing a chance to show off a good periodical and give an actor a good ribbing.

Flickr Find | Typography of Transportation

Jul 30th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Flickr Find | by Michael Williams

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

Living in New York City we are blessed with the privilege of rail travel. While Metro North is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the old timey trains pictured below, it still creates a connection to an older time. The typographic elements exemplified on these trains are easily recognizable, but still new and fresh. The disappearance of this type of great American design is what leads patriotic gentlemen like Aaron Draplin to declare “America fucked“…at least from a design perspective.

The Real Life NAVY-ism | Mister Freedom

Jul 29th, 2008 | Categories: Los Angeles, Style, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

A few months ago I dedicated a week’s worth of coverage to “The NAVY-ism” issue of the ingenious Japanese magazine Free & Easy. Along the way (and with help from a friend in LA) I discovered Mister Freedom. The vintage military inspired collection is the brainchild of designer Christophe Loiron, who is clearly operating on a higher level. In addition to designing and manufacturing a line of Navy inspired men’s clothing, Mister Freedom is also a well edited vintage military clothing store. The premise behind the brand is to create “historically plausible clothing”, which basically means that the items in the Mister Freedom collection might not have been documented exactly as such, but the details and elements that make up the garments are things that historically existed during the era. The attention to detail, from the hardware to the fabrics, is on a level that I have never seen. In a word, amazing!


Jul 29th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • You do not fuck with Domenico De Marco. Sometimes people just need to learn things the hard way | [Grub Street] [Pictured from Slice]
  • Style Guy Glenn O’Brien cloaked in plaid and channeling these gents | [Kempt]
  • The Material Review, reviewed | [Valet]
  • The Gap seems to be firing on all cylinders — Liberty prints, Colette, and now Pierre Hardy | [The Moment]
  • Down by the Hipster gets a redesign. Looks good fellas! | [DBTH]

Bonus Edition: Vintage Rolexes now easier to find than new ones | [R29 Pipeline]

Updated Mixtapes

Jul 26th, 2008 | Categories: Music, Random | by Michael Williams

The first mix is an updated version of my “Wonder Bread”, dive bar, summer rooftop, Cape Cod inspired collection of songs that I would hear as a kid listening to Cleveland’s Majic 105.7. Enjoy!

Mix number two is a response to one TINTIN who endearingly commented not long ago that I should put together a collection of songs that “real ‘Whiskey Tango’ listens to in towns like, Fayettville, NC, Columbus, GA, Palatka, FL, El Paso, TX and Manassas, VA. All cultural low water marks with dentists as hard to find as jobs paying more than $5 an hour.” Well, here it is. How did I do?

The Sartorial Genius of Mad Men

Jul 25th, 2008 | Categories: Mad Men, Men's wear, Style, Suiting, TV | by Michael Williams

With the second season due to launch this coming weekend, much has been said recently about AMC’s sleeper-hit Mad Men. The newly hatched commotion around the show is great, but some of us with an interest in menswear have been hanging by a thread (bad pun, I know) since day one. The characters are great and the drama is enjoyable, but the real reason to watch is for the show’s style. To say that the Mad Men is Sex and the City for guys is wrong. Mad Men is more hardcore than that — it’s Patton meets Gordon Gekko — set in one of the most optimistic times in American history. The gentlemen at the new and very cool service focused site Valet spoke with the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant at length about the show’s sartorial inspirations.