Archives for April 2009 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

ACL & TMR in Details

Apr 17th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

ACL’s inspiration driven offshoot, The Material Review, got a little write up in the May issue of Details. Many thanks and respect is due to the folks at Details who have been super supportive of ACL over the past year. I really appreciate everything they have done for me and my sites. The industrial page that Details assembled is fantastic. Exciting to see American furnishings featured (Ohio represent!). It would be nice if I were writing this from a tanker desk, but it is good to want things I suppose.



Americana in Maine

Apr 17th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Maine | by Michael Williams

I’ve been meaning to post these photos from my top secret mission to Maine a little while back. The state has so much to offer even visiting for just two days and we met a lot of interesting people and saw some top notch Americana along the way. I was living the dream drinking the High Life, eating lobster and talkin’ shop. Check out my photos below.


Obsession | Backyard Bill

Apr 16th, 2009 | Categories: Obsessions, Style | by Michael Williams

Only the best things can be said about photographer William Gentle and his website Backyard Bill. The site is described as “stylish folks in their own clothes,” and features striking portraiture of good looking people with excellent personal style. It’s The Sartorialist without all the fashion editors and bokeh. It’s The Selby, but just about the clothes. Color me obsessed. Backyard Bill


LIFE Archive | Brooklyn Navy Yard

Apr 15th, 2009 | Categories: Brooklyn, LIFE, Work Wear, WWII | by Michael Williams

When it comes to the Life photo archive I seem to be stuck in the year 1942. The mining always begins at random places and seems to inevitably end up around WWII. The Brooklyn Navy Yard has long been a fascination of mine, and these pictures of war-time industry help to scratch that itch. One day when ACL is a massive corporation (with interests in everything from ladies undergarments to heavy equipment; just like the Japanese!) the world headquarters will hopefully be at the navy yard in good ole Kings County, Brooklyn USA.


Wants & Desires | Utility Canvas Bag

Apr 14th, 2009 | Categories: Bags, Made in the USA, Style | by Michael Williams

It is well know that I am a sucker for canvas bags, especially ones that are made here in the United States. Enter upstate New York’s Utility Canvas, who designed and produced the beauty pictured below. The bad news is, the company doesn’t offer this model anymore. Luckily the new men’s e-shop C’H'C’M (which stands for Clinton Hill Classic Menswear) still has a few for sale at $98. The shop is a new venture from English-born Brooklyn resident Sweetu Patel, who has a keen eye for quality and craftsmanship. C’H'C’M’ also sells some of my favorite brands like Mackintosh and S.N.S. Herning. During our correspondence, Mr. Patel informed me that he has some great new brands coming for next season, so make sure to check back. Shop C’H'M’C’


Field Trip | The Post O'Alls Factory

Apr 13th, 2009 | Categories: Japan, Made in the USA, Style, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

To relax, some people play golf or some people go sailing; I like to visit factories. Maybe it was all those Mister Rogers “how it’s made” segments I watched as a child. Or it could just be my insatiable curiosity about what goes into things. Provenance and all that sort of good stuff. POST OVERALLS started making its own line of work wear back in 1993, well before anyone ever thought about reproducing authentic American goods like chore coats, dark denim jeans and chambray shirts. Long before people were arguing about dressing blue-collar on the internets. Respect and credit is due to Post for paving the way for all of the work wear brands that are out there today.

Items from the POST O’ALLS autumn / winter 2009 collection.


Weekend Video | The Last Waltz

Apr 11th, 2009 | Categories: Music, Video | by Michael Williams

The Band has been on heavy rotation as of late. Two of my good friends (Mark and Ben) have been listening to them a lot too. In fact, Ben blogged about the Canadian / American group not too long ago. In ’76 the folk rock ensemble assembled an all star line-up for what was meant to be their final performance together. The concert would become an epic 1978 rockumentary — directed by this guy Martin Scorsese — called The Last Waltz. Some of my favorite performances are below.

Is there really anyone cooler than Levon Helm? Below is my favorite shot from the film, when the camera zooms in on Helm playing drums and signing The Weight. Pure magic.

Also, could this be the coolest mesh hat ever seen? The brim looks shorter than normal and the blue fabric almost looks like wool. I can’t believe I am saying a trucker hat is cool, but these photos pretty much sell it. Again, it helps that Levon is the man.