Archives for September 2008 | A Continuous Lean.

Flickr Find | Pre-1962 America in Color

Sep 30th, 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.

Is America going to hell in a handbasket? Credit crisis, financial disaster, risky derivatives, bail out, Wall Street sticking it to Main Street? Take solace in good old pre-1962 America in color. Back when George Bailey was saving Bedford Falls and the Bailey Bros. Building and Loan Association. The entire photo pool can be seen here, which should keep you from checking your 401K balance.


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

  • A map of worldwide air traffic over 24hrs | [YouTube via Coudal]
  • Drool worthy photos of workwear detailing | [Reference Library] [Pictured]
  • An entire website dedicated to beautiful staircases. God bless this internet | [Stairporn via RFTH]
  • G.H. Bass Weejuns — Made in the USA | [Tucker]
  • Good wines for bad economic times | [New York Magazine]
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ACL Advisor | How to Wash Your Denim

Sep 29th, 2008 | Categories: ACL Advisor, Denim | by Michael Williams

One of the things that makes denim such a lovable thing is the process and uniqueness of its aging. I have been working on a pair of A.P.C. jeans (Original Standard) for the past twelve or so months. The jeans started, like all other A.P.C. denim (excluding the Butler collection of course), as an unwashed raw selvage fabric. Over time the jeans gradually became more faded, whiskered, wrinkled and distressed. In the previous year of wear, the only form of cleaning has been a single trip to the dry cleaner. Lately, it has become obvious that I can’t hold out on washing the jeans any longer. Over the weekend I decided to give my jeans their first official cleaning.

A side by side comparison of one year old jeans next to a new unworn version.

That Autumn Look | Part Four

Sep 26th, 2008 | Categories: Men's wear, Style, That Autumn Look | by Michael Williams

Anyone that visits this site on a fairly regular basis knows that I am a major advocate of workwear style. Like many people growing up in the Midwest, but living in New York City, I have a nostalgic connection to the fabrics and brands of blue collar America. That said, being a “marketing professional” (read: yuppie), do I really want to walk out of the house dressed head-to-toe in a laborers outfit? Not so much. The union ironworkers that are building the skyscraper around the corner from my apartment might conscript me into making a trip to the deli (with a box) to get everyone on the job site egg sandwiches.

Workwear items are meant to be mixed and matched, creating a more modern look. Pictured below are classic and utilitarian items that pair well with more fashion forward brands like Robert Geller, Obedient Sons, Rag & Bone, Steven Alan, Nicholas K and many others. On its own, this look might work for a Saturday shopping excursion or a trip to the flea market but not for a meeting or a date, unless she is really into the rugged type.

The Working Man

On Aesthetics | Rand & Bass

Sep 25th, 2008 | Categories: Design | by Michael Williams

On Aesthetics is a look at the details of design and the things around us.

When discussing graphic design, to say you are a fan of Saul Bass and Paul Rand is like talking about golf and referencing Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. It is a given. Not having a huge amount of knowledge about the field, I can still appreciate their timeless American designs. The blogger, artist and graphic designer James White has two very cool features on his exquisite blog Signalnoise, showcasing the mid-century logos of the great Saul Bass and Paul Rand. The iconic designs created by Rand and Bass are still recognizable and loved by layman (read: me) and professionals to this day.

Paul Rand


Sep 25th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

  • Mad Men cheaped out and went with Helvetica knock-off closing credits | [Selectism]
  • Jazz and that Ivy League look go hand in hand | [Ralph Lauren Magazine]
  • David Colman breaks down the superfluous scarf | [The New York Times]
  • Preppy wool ties for fall. Me like | [Valet]
  • Jeff Carvalho details the art of lacing a Brooks saddle | [High Snobiety] [Pictured]

Bonus Edition: Designer and director Alexander Olch’s film The Windmill Movie gets love from Check it out at the New York Film Festival.

That Autumn Look | Part Three

Sep 24th, 2008 | Categories: Style, That Autumn Look | by Michael Williams

The lazy Sunday brunch is a celebrated ritual in New York City. Wear a chunky knit cardigan, comfortable pants and your bean boots. Don’t forget The New York Times and friends to unwind with over Bloody Marys. I love to build an outfit around a pair of boots or a puffy coat and then head to Bubby’s or the Spotted Pig for carb-loaded pre-football rations. For inspiration, my ideal Sunday brunch attire is pictured as That Autumn Look part three.

Sunday Brunch