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

Bona Fide | Levi’s Workwear by Billy Reid

Aug 24th, 2010 | Categories: Menswear | by Michael Williams

Straight from the September issue of GQ is the Billy Reid for Levi’s capsule collection. In case you forgot, Billy won GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer in America competition (deservedly so, I might add) and in doing so teamed up with a little denim outfit out of San Francisco to create the Levi’s Workwear by Billy Reid. The limited offering is set to go on sale (at select Bloomingdale’s stores and Billy Reid retail shops, plus Billy Reid online) next month — if you have your eye on anything. I actually got a sneak peek at this stuff when I was down in Alabama and really liked what I saw. So far each GQ x Levi’s collaboration (Engineered Garments and Robert Geller being the previous two) have turned out well. It looks like the streak continues and Billy remains the undisputed King of the South. [Levi's Workwear by Billy Reid at]

Edmund & Tenzing.

Aug 22nd, 2010 | Categories: History, Stay Humble | by Michael Williams

On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit Mount Everest. The accomplishment and photos still inspire awe in men and boys to this day. Stay humble.

Top 5 ACL Comment Clusterfucks

Aug 21st, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Pretty self explanatory. With a spirit of amusement and lightheartedness I present to you the all time top five ACL comment clusterfucks. These are the super special threads when ACL commenters have distinguished themselves with their vigor and ruthlessness. Not specifically represented in the top five are any/all of the posts concerning anything I have made, written, sold or championed over the nearly three years of doing this site. I can’t think of a post where anyone has let me get away with liking anything. Thanks for keeping me humble! Enjoy!

#1 — Aaron Levine Street Style

#2 — $109 Notebook

#3 — ACL Redesign

#4 — Rogues Gallery SS09

#5 — Raleigh Denim

A note about comments. I close the comment threads for posts older than sixty days, so you will notice most of these are closed. I do this because people love to come back to and old post and act crazy. It took me about two years to figure out that the comments in old posts need to close after a while.

Fear Not…

Aug 21st, 2010 | Categories: Fall, Ohio | by Michael Williams

Fall is coming, I assure you. With fall comes college football; and with college football comes happiness. Oh, and for me, college football also comes with beer and Barbour coats. Those are all beautiful things — especially when combined.

It is during this time every year that I am again inspired by the great Ohioian Woody Hayes to stay humble.

Revisiting the Oyster Bar.

Aug 20th, 2010 | Categories: Food, New York City | by Michael Williams

Grand Central Station is one of the only New York City tourist destinations that I can stomach, and I mean that literally. Tucked away in one of the giant building’s cavernous hallways is a piece of quintessential New York — the Oyster Bar. It’s a great place to kill time drinking beer while waiting for Metro North. Oyster Bar is also a great place for a solo lunch. When I want to escape for a half an hour I sit at the bar, drink a nice cold draft beer and put the hurt on some oysters or a lobster roll. L-I-V-I-N.

More photos here.

Men’s Journal Guide to Jeans

Aug 18th, 2010 | Categories: Denim, Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

The gents at Men’s Journal tapped me to write a nice, big, front-of-book denim package for their September issue. If there is anything I love to write about it is denim, and this story was a lot of fun. May I suggest you go analog and pick up a copy, it’s on newsstands now.

Stay Khaki My Friends

Aug 18th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, History, WWII | by Michael Williams