Archives for November 2009 | A Continuous Lean.

Three Degrees of Separation

Nov 30th, 2009 | Categories: Art, Blogs | by Michael Williams


This past sunday was full of coincidences, three degrees that led to this post. My Sundays generally start and end at the same place, CBS. The day begins with with  bow tie afficinado Charles Osgood’s Sunday Morning and ends with the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. I relish both programs for their unique stories and the two shows are some of the few that I regularly make a point to watch. On Sunday Morning yesterday there was a story about Eric Daigh, the third place winner in Grand Rapid’s wonderful program ArtPrize. Daigh’s work is centered on making beautiful large scale pictures (a la Chuck Close) out of thousands and thousands of push pins.

Happy Thanksgiving | Convenience is the Enemy

Nov 26th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Here’s to good food and a great day with your friends and family. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, I sure do appreciate it. Just like last year, video via James Fox / 10Engines.

It’s a Wrap | Pop-Up Flea Part II

Nov 24th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

It has taken me this long to get back in the saddle and post a recap of the second Pop-Up Flea. It was really exciting to see everyone come through and to see people excited about picking up some new gear. A big thanks to my partner in the endeavor Mr. Randy Goldberg for all of his hard work.

I also want to thank all of the vendors for participating. Gitman Bros. Vintage, Hickoree’s Hard Goods, Billykirk, J.Crew, Jack Spade, Alexander West, Farinelli’s, Epaulet, Alexander Olch, Ohio Knitting Mills, Tanner Goods, Tellason, Michael Andrews Bespoke, C’H'C’M, Schott NYC, Sit and Read Furniture, No Mas, Digby & Iona and Amass.

Finally, appreciate all of the coverage for the event. Check out: Racked, Selectism, Cool Hunting, Uncrate, Design Obvserver, Put This On, Valet, All Plaid Out, Secret Forts (twice), What I Saw Today, New York Magazine and others (sorry if I missed people).

With the dust settled on another successful event, I will say that Mr. Goldberg and I are taking a serious look at a new city for Pop-Up Flea III in the coming spring. Can you guess?




The US Forest Service.

Nov 19th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Photography, Vintage, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

UNIONMADE | San Francisco Style Americana

Nov 17th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Men's Stores, San Francisco | by Michael Williams


Let me first say it is good that new shops are opening. There was a point in this whole economic mess that no new brands were launching and no new stores were opening, it was depressing. Now, while just getting a new store is good, getting a new store like UNIONMADE is great. The men’s shop which was founded by Pennsylvania native Todd Barket, opened this past weekend on Sanchez Street in San Francisco and is an exercise in excellence. Barket spent 18 years at GAP working in various capacities including visual merchandising and marketing, and the man clearly understands retail. I think the worst part about this place is that it is so far away from me.

Pop Up Flea | The Lineup

Nov 16th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams


Announcing the lineup for the second ever Pop Up Flea. Everything kicks off this Friday afternoon at 3pm and runs throughout the weekend. The complete dates and times are below. See you there.

Friday, November 20th, 3pm-9pm
Saturday November 21st, 11am-7pm and Sunday the 22nd 11am-6pm.

201 Mulberry Street, Between Spring and Kenmare
New York City

Get Handsome.


Nov 16th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Photography | by Michael Williams






Hester Street in New York City