Archives for November 2008 | A Continuous Lean.

Carhartt for Cold Weather

Nov 28th, 2008 | Categories: Made in the USA, Men's wear, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

Carhartt is one of the things on my wish list this holiday season. The Duck Coat is a classic and one of the few items that is still made in the U.S. It requires more effort to make sure you get an American made version, but places like the Wisconsin based Midewest Workwear offer them online as do a few others. Another Carhartt jacket that I like is the very nice looking 3-in-1 Parka in black. The coat adds a technical twist on the more traditional products the company offers and reminds me of the Carhartt European collection. More of my favorite Carhartt pieces after the jump.

Carhartt 3-in-1 breathable parka


On Thanksgiving, Convenience is the Enemy

Nov 27th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Random, Video | by Michael Williams

Hope you are living the High Life today. Happy Thanksgiving!

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(Video via 10Engines)

Reference Library Comes to Life

Nov 26th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Made in the USA, Men's wear, New York City, Style, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

If you have spent any time on Reference Library you know that the guy at the controls, Mr. Andy Beach, knows a thing or two about finding cool stuff. A lot of what makes up RL are treasures found on eBay, often items Andy didn’t win. Starting Friday November, 28th Reference Library will come to life at the progressive SoHo store Kioski for a week long pop-up shop of the good things you would normally only see on the blog. The difference now is that everything will be available to be purchased right then and there. Andy sent a sneak peak at some of the offerings which I have posted below. Be sure to stop by Kiosk to show your support and pick up some goodies.

Dixies (Dixie Cup, Easton, PA) coveralls made by A. Rifkin & Co., Wilkes-Barre, PA



Kiosk Mini-Exhibition #8: Reference Library

November 28 — December 7 // Opening party on Friday, November 28, 7–10pm

95 Spring St. (btw Broadway and Mercer) Second Floor

Buy It Now: Apparel, Architecture, Art, Bags, Beautiful, Bikes, Blacksmith, Books, Case Goods, Clever, Collections, Custom, Details, Display, eBay, Etc, Fabric, Family, Food, Friends, Furniture, Girls, Graphics, Handmade, High Bidders, Home, Industrial, Interiors, Items I Didn’t Win, Kids, Lettering, Lighting, Made in the USA, Misc, Music, Objects, Paper, People, Playthings, Products, Shopkeeping, Shops, Signs, Small Town, Storefronts, The Quality, Useful.


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Shuron Ltd. Eyewear

Nov 25th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Made in the USA, Movies | by Michael Williams

An ACL reader and frequent tipster sent in a suggestion for The American List that I thought deserved a little more attention than a simple listing. Greenville, South Carolina based Shuron Ltd, is an eye wear manufacturer that has been turning out frames since the time of the Civil War. The company is most well known for their sixties style frames, but Shuron is also famous for being a sunglasses supplier for the U.S. military in WWII. These iconic sunglasses — now called the “MacArthur” after the famous Army General Douglas MacArthur — are still offered today. (Thanks to Michael for the tip)



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

  • A cabin is not a shack. This article pushed me over the edge. | [The New York Times via Cooper Cabin] [Pictured]
  • Some really good looking Brooks Brothers | [Scout Holiday]
  • An ACL endorsed guide to non-Timex military watches (although I still like the J. Crew version) | [A Trip Down South]
  • Take that Mackintosh. The Swiss invent the world’s most water proof fabric | [New Scientist]
  • Speaking of watches. Richemont Group watchmaker Paneri to open NYC shop. Very nice. | [Luxist]

Goodbye Old Friend

Nov 24th, 2008 | Categories: Media | by Michael Williams

If you haven’t heard, the menswear trade publication DNR put out its last issue today. It is a sad day for the well respected editors at DNR that lost their jobs, and also for the menswear industry as a whole. John Birmingham’s Editor Letter says all you need to know about the past and future of DNR.


Take Five at Steven Alan

Nov 24th, 2008 | Categories: New York City, Retail, Style | by Michael Williams

The folks over at Steven Alan asked me if I would come by their shop and pick out five of my favorite things (a virtual wish list if you will) for their Journal (that’s fancy way of saying blog). Since Steven Alan is one of my favorite stores of all time, I quickly agreed. Things did get a little strange when I started walking out of the TriBeCa location with all of my picks. Apparently they wanted me to pay for the five things. Can you believe that?!? Only kidding. You can see my little list of Steven Alan goodness here.