Archives for February 2010 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2


Feb 15th, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Work has me in Vegas for the better part of the week. I may or may not be posting from the desert. I will definitely be posting some things that I see out there upon my return to civilization. I sure wish Las Vegas still looked like these Kodachromes. See you on the other side.

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Rag & Bone AW10

Feb 14th, 2010 | Categories: Fashion, Fashion Week, New York City | by Michael Williams

The fellas at GQ have really done a great job covering fashion week, so much so that I really don’t feel like I have much to contribute beyond what they are doing. I did however take a little video at the Rag & Bone show this past Friday that turned out pretty nice (if I don’t say so myself). With that said, I think it would be worth seeing here on ACL. I took the video with my Leica D-Lux 4 camera and the music from the show didn’t record very well (as it was so loud), so I added in something on my own. Hope the Rag & Bone people don’t mind. The collection looked really nice and it was a lot of what we have been seeing throughout NYFW. Chunky knits, Fair Isle patterns, layers, camo, sweatpants. See for yourself.

Shopping Houston | Installations Antiques

Feb 14th, 2010 | Categories: Antiques, Houston, Shelter, Shopping | by Michael Williams

When I was in Houston a few months ago one of the places my friend Kate took me to was the fantastic shop Installations Antiques. The store (which is located in an old commercial bakery) is a great mix of American and European antiques, with an emphasis on Belgian goods. One thing I really like about the things on offer at Installations are the modifications that owners Becki and Jur van der Oord (hence the concentration on Belgian antiques) make to some of the found objects — like making a light out of a aluminum aircraft wing. It sounds like a stretch, but Becki and Jur really have excellent taste and it shows. The shop is beautifully merchandised — probably the best merchandised independent store I have ever been to. I bet the folks from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware visit often, so they can knock it off.

Peruse the shop in the photos below, or better yet stop by next time you are in Houston. Might be best to take a truck, at least I wish I did.

Year of the Tiger

Feb 14th, 2010 | Categories: Random | by Michael Williams

An ACL reader sent me an email with this video that he shot of his ’63 Porsche 356 Super with a very recognizable key chain. I’ll be honest it made my day. It also reminded me that life is worth living, not just reading about on the internet. Today is the Chinese New Year (thanks to Marisa for reminding me) and it is the year of the Tiger. Motivational and rather fitting all in one. What do you say we do more living?

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Dartmouth College Winter Carnival c.1954

Feb 14th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Video | by Michael Williams

This weekend the students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire celebrate the 99th annual Winter Carnival. According to Wikipedia, the event was founded way back in 1911 by the Dartmouth Outing Club (which you may remember from an earlier post) to promote winter sports. (Although I think Winter Carnival was just a ploy to get girls to visit the then all boys school.) This little film seems appropriate right now with the winter Olympics in gear and the weather in NYC. Not to mention the style similarities between this video from 1954 and now. Many thanks to reader Chris for sending on the link.

Sports Illustrated Vault I Downhill Ski Racing

Feb 13th, 2010 | Categories: Sports | by ACL Editors


James Jung, a friend of ACL, is an editor at Travel + Leisure and a nightlife blogger for NBC New York’s Niteside. His sports and travel writing has appeared in Slate, SKI Magazine and Outside.


Ski racing has always been my sport. I follow it the same way other guys follow football and baseball. Sure, sounds un-American, but if you grow up in a mountain town with a ski-mad Austrian father, it’s pretty unavoidable. All it took was one winter broadcast of ABC’s Wide World of Sports to expose me to the downhill—ski racing’s marquis event—and I was hooked.

The Vintage Showroom

Feb 11th, 2010 | Categories: London, Vintage | by Michael Williams

Meet The Vintage Showroom. I spent my Wednesday morning here and while my host (co-owner Doug) ran out to get us both a cup of tea (that was nice of him!) I took this little video. I have much more to say and lots of photos that I will share with you very soon. In the meantime, enjoy all of this vintage goodness.