Archives for May 2010 | A Continuous Lean.

Wants & Desires | British Military Rolex

May 28th, 2010 | Categories: Wants & Desires, Watches | by Michael Williams

Equal parts want and desire. This nice looking Oyster Perpetual, Submariner will be up for auction at Antiquorum on June 10th (lot #63) in New York. Estimates place the sale price to likely be between $20,000 – $30,000. Now, before everyone gets all crazy about the price, I just want to say that this is a “money-is-no-object” type of want. An itch that for me will go unscratched barring an ACL sale to [INSERT NAME OF GIANT MEDIA COMPANY] or a successful strike at the lotto. A regular sub would do the trick perfectly, but it would be more fun to say that your watch was originally sold to the Royal Navy.

ACL Endorses | The William Brown Project

May 28th, 2010 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Americana | by Michael Williams

Bacon, guns, waxed canvas, Rolexes. Anything a modern man may need — The William Brown Project has it.

And it is not everyday that you find it all in one place. I had a chance to chat with the site’s creator Matthrew Hranek, who when not working as a farmer or photographer (he’s shot for everyone from L.L. Bean to GQ), documents his upstate and downstate adventures for all to enjoy.  I was curious about the The William Brown Project back story, and the motivation that went into creating such a well edited and inspirational corner of the internets. “The William Brown project started simply as a diary of sorts, a document of events, places, objects, finds and obsessions. A big part of the blog is about what takes place in upstate New York at WM. BROWN FARM. There, animals are raised and hunted. Things made, foraged and found. The William Brown project is my life’s edit.”

And what a life it is. The William Brown Project guides you through one man’s life. It details everything from hunting (like his May 1st turkey hunt),  to shopping (at ACL favs Labour & Wait and Imogene + Willie), cooking, note-taking (on Smythson and Pield Notes pads), dining, going to butcher camp (amazing!) and living between the city and the country. All of this just makes me think that if this is so much fun to read and see on a blog, it must be that much more rewarding to experience first hand. Read it, save it, live it. [The William Brown Project]


ACL Kodachromes Part V

May 26th, 2010 | Categories: ACL KODACHROME, Americana | by Michael Williams

Spoils of Brimfield | Fire-King

May 25th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Brimfield | by Michael Williams

Shopping Brimfield gives me the same sort of consumer apprehension that I get in Tokyo, I see so much great stuff I can’t pull the trigger. I’m afraid that I will spend my money before I come across something really amazing. With this in mind, I only made a few acquisitions at the show. However, I did pick up something that I have been meaning to buy for a long time — two Fire-King coffee cups and saucers in the classic green colorway. When introduced in the 1940s Fire-King was a cheap brand of sturdy dinnerware sold in gas stations, grocery stores and even given away in promotions by flour brands and the like.

The Champions League Final.

May 21st, 2010 | Categories: David Coggins, Sport | by David Coggins

The Champions League—celebrated here in the past—is the tournament for the best club teams in Europe. The final, Saturday at the Bernabeu in Madrid, pits two classic sides against each other: the German stalwarts Bayern Munich against tenacious Inter Milan.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben

Duluth Pack at Brimfield | How Much Would You Spend?

May 21st, 2010 | Categories: Bags, Brimfield | by Michael Williams

Something of a debate we had going at Brimfield — how much would you pay for this vintage No.3 Duluth Pack canvas bag? The company still makes a very similar bag (if not the same) which is available online. But vintage can be more fun than new and this bag looks to be in especially good shape. Plus, this nice old bag also predates that circular logo-badge that the new bags have, which is a good thing. So the question is, how much would you pay for this bag at a flea market, cash and carry?


May 18th, 2010 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • The new album from The Black Keys titled Brothers drops today — own it. [The Black Keys] [Official site]
  • Personal histories in list form. The Morning News talks to-dos with Liza Kirwin. [Franz Kline's booze receipt pictured] [The Morning News]
  • Andrew Zuckerman’s Manhattan tailor. [THE ANTHROPOLOGiST]
  • Tickets to the National Museum of the Pacific War give you access for 48hrs and most visitors need all of that time. [WSJ]
  • Seriously delicious. The S’Mores pie from First Prize Pies. [The Moment] [First Prize Pies]