Archives for January 2009 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 3

Unsolicited Thoughts | Black Tie

Jan 19th, 2009 | Categories: Style, Unsolicited Thoughts | by Michael Williams

Unsolicited thoughts is a recurring column on the standards of men’s clothing by ACL’s friend and adherent rule follower Mr. David Coggins.

Dear Sir,

Approaching Inauguration here are a few thoughts on the tuxedo.

A tuxedo is the pinnacle of formality, it exemplifies class and style. It hasn’t been improved upon over time because it cannot be improved upon. That’s to say: regardless of your everyday sartorial prerogatives you should own one and own it proudly. If that idea scandalizes you, then consider withdrawing from civilization.

Sinatra arriving to the Inaugural ball, January 20, 1961.


Superior Labor | Engineer 2Way Tote Bag

Jan 19th, 2009 | Categories: Bags, Japan | by Michael Williams

The canvas bags from the Japanese maker Superior Labor seem to consistently rise to the top. This Enginner 2Way tote from Utility Coop is especially nice. How could you argue with a “Product by Handmade Superiority.”


Weekend Video | The High Life

Jan 18th, 2009 | Categories: Drinking, Video | by Michael Williams

I can’t get enough of these Errol Morris Miller High Life commercials.

On a football related note, I can’t decide who I want to lose more today, the Ravens or the Steelers. Probably the Steelers (take that RPH). Either way I will be indulging in the High Life.

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First Look | Aether

Jan 16th, 2009 | Categories: Los Angeles, Style | by Michael Williams

One good thing about living in the greater Los Angeles area is the easy access to sun, surf, mountains and powder. This accessibility makes LA much more of an outdoors focused place than my Manhattan home base. With outdoor adventures comes the need for appropriate gear. Enter LA based Aether, a new line of stylish yet technical men’s apparel from two film producer friends, Palmer West and Jonas Smith. The new collection — which will be in stores for the first time this spring— aims to fill the void left by the outdoor companies that put out very little cool looking performance apparel.


Ripped from the Comments

Jan 15th, 2009 | Categories: Ripped from the Comments | by Michael Williams

You might have noticed that recently, for reasons unknown to me, there has been a marked increase in comments on this site. The post on Rogues Gallery generated quite a few remarks from all sorts of different readers. Nothing like the photo Aaron Levine, but a healthy debate. Yesterday an ACL reader named Marc D. left one of the most well thought out and insightful pieces of commentary (on that same Rogues Gallery thread) I have seen here to date. I think that the comment is worth a closer look.

I find this comment thread really amusing, it’s funny to listen to an outsider’s perspective on a geographic region.

Being a native Mainer, it’s not uncommon to listen to an ‘outsider’ (god I hate that word but what else can I say?) describe my state in the same terms they would describe a cave (cold, dreary, dark..etc.).  It’s the equivalent of perpetuating any of the countless stereotypes about NYC. Without sounding like the Maine board of tourism, it’s really just an average, low key place like any other, just a little colder.

While a fashion designer will sometimes invoke their surrounding for inspiration, it is the countless other influences (music, movies, books, etc.) that ultimately shape the line. Saying that Rogues is a reflection of Maine is like inferring that Isaac Mizrahi must live inside of a rainbow.  Rogues appears to be influenced more by the literary world (Jack London, Stephen King, etc.) and historical artifact of any kind than lobstering, logging, and lobster rolls at the Crab Shack in Kennebunkport. I mean one of the previous seasons saw General Custer as a print, and I’m pretty sure the Battle of Little Big Horn didn’t happen in Bangor.

In all, it’s fashion, regardless of how you feel about it there’s no denying that Alex has done a successful job of assembling all of his influences from Ralph, Abercrombie, and L.L.Bean into a clear, cohesive, relevant, and fresh perspective on menswear.

Kyle, your connection to the RG guys aside and while I love your passion for our great state, abh1wordpress is right.  But in your defense, it’s a fashion line, whether is derives it’s inspiration from workwear or not it’s FASHION.

PS – Faith, if you’ve actually read this far, Rogues does have a women’s offering but I haven’t seen it available outside of the Portland, ME store.

PPS – In regards to the plummetting lobster prices:  Around the holidays there was a huge push locally for people to eat lobster for Christmas dinner rather than the usual ham.  Have any of you in “The City” ever had a lobsterbake for Christmas?  I don’t think so. ;-)

One last thing:  using the word ‘authentic’ to describe fashion gets under my skin. There is nothing authentic about fashion, everyone copies everyone.  Unless you are the original like the Bass Weejun or the L.L.Bean Hunting Shoe (which are both Maine inventions I might add), you are not authentic.”

Flickr Find | Miniature Fakery

Jan 14th, 2009 | Categories: Flickr Find | by Michael Williams

While I’m generally very turned off by HDR images, I have been obsessed as of late with tilt-shift miniature faking. The effect makes normal images look like perfectly composed models. Some beautiful examples below.


Alexander Olch | How to Tie a Bow Tie

Jan 13th, 2009 | Categories: Service, Style, Video | by Michael Williams

This could be the definitive source for how to tie a bow tie. Complex tapped men’s accessories designer, film maker and Paul + Williams’ client Alexander Olch to preach the bow tie instructional gospel.

Click the image to watch the video.