Archives for January 2011 | A Continuous Lean.

Tellason for ACL & Co.

Jan 30th, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., ACL SHOP, Collaborations, Denim | by Michael Williams

As far as special products go, it was a natural for me to collaborate with Tellason on a special pair of jeans for the ACL Shop. We share similar perspectives when it comes to denim and more importantly we both possess a commitment to American manufacturing, especially when it comes to jeans.

I first met Tony Patella and Pete Searson, the founders of the brand, two years ago through a mutual friend. Tony and Pete have worked in the business for some time, but were just getting started with Tellason when our paths crossed. I was impressed with what they were doing with Tellason. It was around that same time that I interviewed Tony to help introduce Tellason to the ACL faithful.

Different but the same…

Jan 30th, 2011 | Categories: Music, Random | by Michael Williams

First this…

Then this…

Mr. Bowen’s Kodachromes

Jan 28th, 2011 | Categories: Brooklyn, History, Kodachrome | by Michael Williams

On December 16th, 1960 a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation collided midair over Brooklyn with a United Airlines Douglas DC-8. The T.W.A. flight — a slow moving propeller plane — was heading from Columbus, Ohio en route to LaGuardia. The other plane, a much more advanced jetliner, was destined for Idlewild airport (JFK) with 77 passengers from Chicago. Had he not been running late and missed the flight, passenger #78 on United 826 would have been Sir Edmund Hillary. All together, the crash killed 134 people, being one of the worst air disasters at the time. It is a fascinating story that was highlighted extremely well on the NY Times City Room blog.

The Gentleman’s Directory

Jan 28th, 2011 | Categories: David Coggins, New York City | by David Coggins

The internet gives us access to so much graphic misbehavior at a given moment that it’s noteworthy to discover that a small book still has the capacity to shock.  The volume in question, described yesterday in the NY Times, is an 1870 guidebook of the ins and outs of Manhattan’s brothels.  The Gentleman’s Directory is an indispensable tome for those who required knowing details about the houses of ill repute in our good borough.  It couldn’t be more discreet—yet there’s an implicit appreciation of worldly topics that should be known but not discussed.

The Directory makes special mention of Harry Hill’s on Houston where ‘an hour cannot be spent more pleasantly’ while Greene Street is dismissed ‘a complete sink of iniquity.’

Portofino by way of Switzerland

Jan 26th, 2011 | Categories: Geneva, Watches | by Michael Williams

IWC Portofino Dual Time.

It was about this time last year that I wrote about the then new IWC Portuguese collection that was just presented at the super luxe watch fair SIHH in Switzerland. I have been an admirer of IWC since I first discovered the brand as a young lad, and the IWC story is pretty amazing to me. The company was founded by an American named Florentine Ariosto Jones in Switzerland in 1868 with the idea to take American manufacturing techniques (a la Mr. Henry Ford) and combine them with skilled Swiss labor. Hence the name International Watch Company. And at the time that Jones started the company — if you can believe it – the skilled labor in Switzerland was considered inexpensive. 143 years later, IWC is still producing some of the world’s finest timepieces.

AW11 at Capsule Paris

Jan 23rd, 2011 | Categories: Menswear, Paris, Tradeshows | by Michael Williams

Taylor Supply

While I wasn’t able to attend any of the shows in New York last week, I did manage to stop by the Capsule Show to see some AW11 gear while I am here in Paris. It was good to see some familiar faces so far from home. AW11 doesn’t seem to be much of a departure from what has been happening in the past few seasons, but I still liked what I saw from a bunch of brands at the show.

Taylor Supply continued its good work producing a well made and wearable collection. Jack Spade’s AW11 offerings looked solid with a ton of knits that I wanted to run off with. Gitman Bros. Vintage was having fun with a bunch of crazy prints — including two that you may recognize from your favorite Japonais restaurant. Garbstore had a group of seriously nice pieces on hand that were made in England. Truly beautiful stuff. That Ian Paley sure does make nice clothes. Jamie from London Undercover showed me all of his AW11 umbrellas, bags, scarves and other accessories. When I first met him last year I knew he was capable of great things, something I think is more obvious after seeing all of his stuff in Paris. Don’t sleep on London Undercover.

I’ll be back at it today checking out the rest of brands. So au revoir for now.

As it Happened | Maison E. GOYARD

Jan 21st, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Paris | by Michael Williams

352 Rue St Honoré, Paris France | 3:14 pm Friday, January 21st, 2011.