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

Could this be the Preppiest Movie Ever?

Oct 15th, 2008 | Categories: Movies, Philadelphia, Preppy | by Michael Williams

Not Metropolitan or Wall Street, I’m talking about Trading Places. The 1983 comedy set in old-money Philadelphia is a perfectly costumed dose of 1980s Prep / Wasp goodness. The subject matter may be tongue-in-cheek, but you would be hard pressed to find a more preppy styled movie.

You Want Mint for Pillow?

Oct 14th, 2008 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Just a note of housekeeping. There are many ways to enjoy A Continuous Lean:

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On Aesthetics | Classic NFL

Oct 14th, 2008 | Categories: Football, On Aesthetics | by Michael Williams

Teams around the NFL have been opting for their throwback uniforms throughout the early part of the season. The Jets seem to have become superstitiously obsessed with their old school 1960-1962 blue and gold Titans uniforms, wearing them two games back-to-back. As a native Clevelander I am a life long Browns fan. What the Browns lack in Super Bowl appearances and victories (1964 was the last time the francise won the league championship — pre Super Bowl) they make up in classic cool. Since its founding, the Browns’ uniforms have remained largely unchanged. In fact, the Browns are the only NFL team without a logo on their helmets. The franchise’s uniforms rival only a few MLB teams for consistency, simplicity and recognition.

Menswear On a Lark

Oct 14th, 2008 | Categories: Style, Womenswear | by Michael Williams

I place no claim on an expertise of women’s fashion — men’s either for that matter — but I feel that I have a certain understanding of style. I know the business of coordinating a look, have a solid grasp on color, fit and texture. When it comes to women’s fashion I know what I like and what I think looks good. However, describing that style is something altogether different, and usually difficult.

However, last fall I started to take notice women around my SoHo office wearing menswear inspired clothing in a cute androgynous sort of way. I thought to myself, finally a women’s trend I can appreciate. And the good news is, the look continues to appear this fall. The ladies at the Vancouver boutique Lark have it down to a science, as does Hollister Hovey and Boy by Band of Outsiders. Men’s inspired women’s clothing with the perfect amount of femininity. Sign me up.


Norton & Sons Trotters Bag

Oct 13th, 2008 | Categories: London, Savile Row, Style, Suiting | by Michael Williams

Who says you can’t afford anything from a Savile Row tailor. The much admired tailor Norton & Sons have recently released their Trotters Bag. Per the company website. “The Trotter, the most junior rank on Savile Row, trots between cutting rooms and workrooms, carrying bundles of cloth and trimmings to the sewing tailors and returning with sewn garments. At Norton & Sons our trotters use a traditional stout canvas Trotters Bag.”

I don’t think it gets more insider than to own one of these bags, although I would much prefer to show my rank with a Norton & Sons suit.

Weekend Video | Alden Shoes

Oct 12th, 2008 | Categories: Boston, Footwear, Made in the USA, Video | by Michael Williams

Earlier in the year The Boston Globe published an article and an accompanying video about the venerable U.S. shoemaker Alden and their continued domestic production. The short piece of video is an interesting look at the state of New England shoe manufacturing, or the lack there of. Globe staffer Emily Sweeney adds a bit of authentic Massachusetts favor to the piece by dropping her R’s throughout the segment.

The video was found through the very well done blog Sleevehead. Worth a look and a bookmark.

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Weekend Video | The Beatles Rooftop Concert

Oct 11th, 2008 | Categories: Music, Video | by Michael Williams

On January 30th, 1969 The Beatles performed an impromptu concert on the rooftop of the headquarters of Apple records on Savile Row. The widely bootlegged performance would later become part of the 1970 film Let It Be.

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