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


Sep 18th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

That Autumn Look | Part One

Sep 17th, 2008 | Categories: Style, That Autumn Look | by Michael Williams

Is it fall yet? September leads to October and then eventually to November which is when the weather gets just right. If the temperature could just settle into the low-50s to mid-40s (what I call Barbour weather) I would be happy. One of my favorite things in the world is to open the coat closet (hall closet as it was known back in Ohio) and resurrect the Barbour for another season. Last summer I had my Bedale re-waxed in New Hampshire, making the telltale tin cloth scent more enjoyable and pungent than ever.

In anticipation of the pending brisk autumn weather, I devised a series of still life product round-ups for your viewing pleasure. Part one, The Commuter, is pictured below.

The Commuter

Woman of the Hour | Emmanuelle Chriqui

Sep 16th, 2008 | Categories: Woman of the Hour | by Michael Williams

These are the easiest posts to write. No one is reading this. You are looking a Emmanuelle and I don’t blame you. The stunning Canadian actress (well played Canada, well played) was in NYC last week attending fashion shows. Ms. Chriqui was caught by photographers on more than one occasion prompting me to declare her ACL’s Woman of the Hour.

The Business of Wearing Hats

Sep 16th, 2008 | Categories: Magazines, Men's Stores, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

There is an excellent guide to buying and wearing hats in the new issue of GQ. Interesting to see that Manhattan’s JJ Hat Center was featured prominently. You may remember back in June when CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on hats and featured the same store and incidentally, the exact same salesman. The handy guide from GQ basically breaks down everything you need to know to wear a hat without looking like you just got off a flight from LAX. Much respect to GQ for making the guide without including pictures of Justin Timberlake or Brad Pitt.

My good friend Mark wears a hat frequently with a suit and ends up looking very smart. When well done, there is no better accessory. Take a look at Don Draper if you don’t believe me.


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

  • The high price of oil has Swedish giant Ikea making their disposable furniture in Virginia now | [BBC]
  • Welcome to New York Brett Farve, time to dress accordingly | [GQ]
  • How not to hit on models | [The Cut]
  • Every investment bank with a Charles Tyrwhitt store in its building has gone out of business. Note to Goldman Sachs, go for Thomas Pink | [The New York Times]
  • An photography exhibit of Brooklyn’s disappearing mom-and-pop shops | [Gothamist via Racked] [Pictured]

Flickr Find | Typewriter Ribbon Tins

Sep 15th, 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.

While browsing the Coudal website this morning I came across this beautiful set of images of typewriter ribbon tins. The packaging and sheer variety make the tins fun to look at, plus the the little metal containers would be the perfect object to start a collection of. Keep that in mind for your next trip to the flea market. The complete set of images can be seen here.

Designer Q&A | Steven Alan, Rachel Comey and United Bamboo

Sep 13th, 2008 | Categories: Fashion Week, Japan, Made in the USA, Men's wear, New York City, Style | by Michael Williams

This past Friday, Jeff Carvalho from Selectism and I went to a open table (sans table) with designers Rachel Comey, Steven Alan and Thuy Pham of United Bamboo. The question & answer session was moderated by GQ’s omnipresent style editor Mr. Adam Rapoport at the fashion week venue Mini Space.