Archives for February 2010 | A Continuous Lean.

Chan Marshall Revisited

Feb 28th, 2010 | Categories: Music, Random | by Michael Williams

Just because. Photos by Mr. David Black. Respect.

Archival Khaki in San Francisco

Feb 27th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, History, San Francisco | by Michael Williams

I don’t want to say that this fell through the cracks, but a few months ago I was in San Francisco for a quick business trip and I took the opportunity to visit Ms. Lynn Downey at the Levi Strauss & Co. archive. You may remember my initial meeting with Lynn when I interviewed her during a research trip to New York. (Read that interview here.) “Next time you are in San Francisco you should come by and see the archive.” Lynn told me casually at the end of our meeting in New York. Little did she know I fully intended on taking her up on that offer.


Feb 25th, 2010 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • Amsterdam’s Tenue de Nîmes discuss Nigel Cabourn’s SS10 collection with the man himself [Tenue de Nîmes] [Pictured]
  • Men’s Journal goes winter camping retro-style in the spirit of Minnesota outdoorsman Calvin Rutstrum [Men's Journal]
  • Raleigh 3-speeds and USA made Levi’s LVC — I might have to move to Nashville just to patron that place [Imogene + Willie]
  • Speaking of MN, Complex went to visit Red Wing shoes. Check it out. [Complex]
  • Get to know American Whiskey (twist my rubber arm) [GQ]


Feb 25th, 2010 | Categories: Wants & Desires, WWII | by Michael Williams

You’re looking at a pair of non-issue U.S. Army Ranger pants that feature one of the first ever military issue camouflage patterns. This pattern is commonly referred to as HBT (Herringbone Twill) CAMO, and was most widely issued at the request of General Douglas MacArthur to Marines in the Pacific theater of WWII, sometime after the Battle of Tarawa. The two-sided motif (lighter color camo for spring and darker for fall) also briefly saw action in the European theater, but was scrapped because of its similarity to a German camouflage.

A Closer Look at The Vintage Showroom

Feb 24th, 2010 | Categories: London, Vintage | by Michael Williams

A selection of photos from The Vintage Showroom in London. The company operates by appointment only, as it is mainly used by designers for “inspiration” and whatnot. If you live in NYC (and are a designer) or a vintage obsessive, The Vintage Showroom operates much like Melet Mercantile or Strong Arm Clothing Supply. Also, if you live in Boston you should know Bobby from Boston, which is more of a public store front than these others. Being that the The Vintage Showroom mainly serves industry people, the prices are not cheap. The prices are also what they are because the proprietors spend a lot of time and money sourcing the stuff. There is also a store front that is open to the public near Covent Garden if you want to check that out.

Shopping London | Barbour Heritage

Feb 22nd, 2010 | Categories: London, Retail, Shopping | by Michael Williams

File this under: Stores that need to be opened in New York.

Just off Carnaby Street in London’s Soho — an area loved by denim brands — sits a newish Barbour Heritage shop. In fact, the Levi’s Cinch store that I wrote about not too long ago is right up the block (as we say in New York). The Barbour store focuses on some of the more unique offerings, from the To Ki To jackets to a slew of International jackets in a variety of fabrics. A Barbour coat is one things that is priced better in London than the States — even after the exchange. I ended up with the khaki colored To Ki To bicycle jacket that I have been lusting after for some time. (Second photo, bottom right.) Spring here we come.

Woolrich John, Rich & Bros.

Feb 18th, 2010 | Categories: Las Vegas, Outerwear | by Michael Williams

If you aren’t totally clear on the brand structure, there’s Woolrich, then Woolrich Woolen Mills and finally Woolrich John, Rich & Bros. The first is the main U.S. brand, the later two are the product of the geniuses of Italy’s WP. If you aren’t familiar with WP, they are the Italian distributor for Barbour, the global distributor of Woolrich and the owner of various other brands including shirt maker B.D. Baggies.