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

Now Serving | The J. Crew Men's Shop

Aug 20th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

It takes something special for me to get excited about a closed bar! The new J. Crew men’s shop in TriBeCa is finally open (well, it is open tomorrow anyway) and as expected it is toast worthy. Since I have been anticipating the opening for some time now, I’m going to break with normal protocol and join and Kempt, Racked and Urban Daddy in coverage of the Mickey Drexler / Andy Spade extravaganza, making the J. Crew men’s store the Rusty Knot of store openings.

Is that booze drinkable? Photo via

DETAILS | Fall Fashion Issue

Aug 20th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Magazines, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

It seems to me that American menswear is at the peak of its popularity. Maybe it is the weak dollar or all of the interest workwear or just all of the raw talent that is being flushed out of New York right now. Any way you look at it, this fall is the season of American style. Look at D&G from AW08, that collection surprisingly looks like it would work well in New England, in the sixties. Going through the September DETAILS I was loving all of the classic American style in the issue. It started out with a great still-life feature called Born in the USA — which basically epitomizes my personal style. The front of book continued with a few pages on “How to Pull Off American Style” which is pictured below. The issue also highlights the ongoing, and very successful Gant and Jeffrey partnership and there is a page on new designers which features two of ACL’s very talented friends Antonio Azzuolo and Richard Chai.

Flickr Find | Disassembled Household Appliances

Aug 19th, 2008 | Categories: Art, Flickr Find | by Michael Williams

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

While a student at the Hartford Art School, Brittny Badger wanted to show everyday household appliances from an otherwise unseen perspective. She set to work meticulously disassembled each piece and “arranged their interior parts very systematically on a white sheet of Bristol board” to expose the appliance’s “brains.” The arrangements and subsequent photographs give a completely unique look at something regularly ignored. The resulting images are stunning, futuristic and would be the perfect kitchen decor.

Dust Buster


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

  • The Swedish continue to challenge the Japanese for best men’s style website that I can’t read | [Manolo]
  • I love it when the Vanity Fair Squash Blog has been updated! | [VF Society and Style]
  • McQueen’s 930 Turbo Carrera up for grabs at Pebble Beach | [Kempt]
  • The Trad continues to come to grips with the fact that we aren’t living in the golden age of anything | [The Trad]
  • London’s 10 oldest pubs | [Gridskipper] [Cittie of Yorke Pictured]

GQ | Fall Fashion Issue

Aug 18th, 2008 | Categories: Magazines, Style | by Michael Williams

Fall is coming, fall is coming. I keep saying it and last week another meteorological sign of autumn appeared, the September issue of GQ. The fall fashion issue — with one James Franco on the cover — features copious amounts of tweeds, wools, corduroy, suits, cashmere, not to mention loads of football coverage. My favorite section of the issue is the four page chunky knit story. I’m counting the minutes until sweater / football season is upon us…

Lost in Translation

Aug 14th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

Lots of quirky American brands have borderline-ridiculous yet endearing websites. The Santa Ana, California board shorts company Birdwell Beach Britches is a perfect example. I love that the site is goofy, low tech and distinctly American. You can tell by looking at it that Birdwell spared no expense on Windows 95 clip art. The company does make the best board shorts around though — so who cares! Bruce Pask’s post on The Moment got me thinking about great white jeans and the first thing that popped into my head was Jean Shop.


Aug 14th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • MGMT, American Psycho, Great Gatsby! Mr. Macko is dropping every name in the ACL cultural playbook | [DETAILS] [F. Scott Fitzgerald Pictured]
  • When I grow up I want to be as cool as Alexander Olch | [Valet]
  • Getting closer to moving to Copenhagen with every blog post of CCC | [Copenhagen Cycle Chic]
  • Custom shirts might just be the ultimate luxury | [Selectism]
  • I’ll take a giant polo player or a swoosh over a “big-ass Rhino” any day | [The Cut]