Archives for August 2010 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 3

Levi’s Workwear by Filson | The Oregon Fire Lines

Aug 17th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Collaborations, Made in the USA, Oregon | by Michael Williams

The folks at Levi Strauss & Co. teamed up with Filson to release a small capsule collection of collaboration workwear. It’s an intriguing project on a few levels; one being that both companies are storied and rugged American brands. The other lies in the fact that Filson doesn’t just collaborate with anyone. To go along with the co-branded goods (which I think have been very well thought out), Levi’s tapped Vice to make a short film about the people from the Grayback Forestry Company in Medford, Oregon, who battle Forest fires for a living. It is my feeling that the documentary adds an interesting dimension to an already appealing project. Expect a few more interesting collaborations from the LS&CO in the coming months.

Further reading: Levi’s x Filson at A Conversation on Cool and The U.S. Forest Service on ACL





Music for Monday.

Aug 16th, 2010 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

Thought it would be fun to share some of the music that has been kicking around my head recently. I hope you enjoy it. I also hope, partially, that if you think I have terrible taste in music, that this post continues to perpetuate that feeling for you.

CHIEF — Your Direction

JJ — CEO Birhday





VJ Day in Kodachrome | Hawaii August 14, 1945

Aug 14th, 2010 | Categories: Kodachrome, WWII | by Michael Williams

The Left Coast Swing

Aug 13th, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

A programming note: ACL will be broadcasting from the West Coast until next Friday. Posting may be sporadic, so please bear with us.  As always, you can follow the oft-intoxicated live action via Twitter. See you on the other side.

Photo via ElectroSpark




Sir Winston Churchill

Aug 13th, 2010 | Categories: England, History, WWII | by Michael Williams

Hobbies included: drinking, cigar smoking, bricklaying and painting. Sir Winston = a true gentleman.





Fear Not…

Aug 12th, 2010 | Categories: Fall, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

Fall is coming, I assure you. And what could be a better symbol of autumn than these LL Bean Signature boots? Fall is undeniably the best time of year on the East Coast, it’s just good living. I dream about the season and its trappings most of the year. Stay tuned for more on that thought…





Sturdy American Bags from J.W. Hulme

Aug 10th, 2010 | Categories: Bags, Made in the USA, Minnesota | by Michael Williams


One of my favorite bag companies out there is Minnesota’s J.W. Hulme. The company makes classic looking canvas and leather bags, plus a variety of different accessories. It is one of those rare brands that I want one of everything from. I was introduced to the bags years ago, when they supplied carry-alls to Orvis. The two have since gone their separate ways in what I believe to be an amicable split. Either way, it must be water under the bridge at this point. Thankfully J.W. Hulme survived and lives on to supply good looking bags to those who appreciate well made things. Perhaps Orvis and J.W. Hulme can revisit things now that Orvis taking a renewed interest in American make with their U.S. Patent collection. (More on that coming soon.)

The new Sporting Originals canvas bags (the lightly colored ones like the above) are just hitting stores (including select Steven Alan and Barneys stores) now — in case you were wondering. Also, pictured below are some of the company’s SS11 bags (the gray canvas and leather items). It is great to see the brand progress and apparently prosper. There was a recent Wall Street Journal article about how the brand has navigated a tumultuous past few years. It was interesting to see that ACL made it into that piece. It also makes me proud to know change is being made for the positive and people are keeping their jobs. At the end of the day, that is what really matters. Well, that and there are sturdy American-made bags in this world.