Archives for January 2011 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

As it Happened | River Reflection

Jan 20th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Photography, Travel | by Michael Williams

Schaffhausen, Switzerland | 11:41 am Thursday, January 20th, 2011.

As it Happened | The Rheinfalls

Jan 20th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Photography, Travel | by Michael Williams

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland | 10:29 am Thursday, January 20th, 2011.

Sneak Peek | Red Wing Shoe Co. AW11

Jan 16th, 2011 | Categories: Factory Tour, Footwear, Made in the USA, Minnesota | by Michael Williams

It is that time of year when the real anticipation starts to take hold, anticipation for stuff that doesn’t come out for months. To that end, allow me to introduce to you to some nice looking (“tasty” as my buddy Mr. Aaron Levine would say) boots from the Red Wing North America AW11 collection. Just a little sneak peek of what’s to come.

Red Wing 8881 in Olive Mohave

Red Wing 8881 in Olive Mohave

Red Wing 8881 in Olive Mohave

We Now Pause for Station Identification

Jan 12th, 2011 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

A moment of housekeeping. There are many ways* to enjoy A Continuous Lean.:

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Winter of ’42 in Maine

Jan 12th, 2011 | Categories: LIFE, Maine | by Michael Williams

Hey kid, second to the front, nice boots.

A Man With True Grit

Jan 11th, 2011 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Books, Movies | by Michael Williams

Better late than never…
Three word movie review: Go see it.

Charles Portis did something that few of us have the stones to do. He gave up a well paying job as a journalist and left the city to move to a cabin and write the great American novel.

A few months back when I heard the news of the Coen brothers remake of True Grit, it was exciting. Mostly because — unlike the 1969 version starring John Wayne — the new True Grit would very closely follow the original Portis story. In fact, Ethan and Joel Coen instructed Matt Damon not to watch the original film, they told him to read the book. And the book is truly great.

I can identify with what Portis did by giving up his job and life in the city by moving back home (to Arkansas) to follow his true passion. It is at least a feeling I can appreciate. It takes a lot of guts and the fact of the matter, change is almost always difficult.

Both True Grit and Charles Portis’ first novel Norwood both became popular movies. John Wayne ended up winning an Oscar for his role as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, which is the same thing I can see happening to Jeff Bridges, who is magnificent in the role. But the real star here is the story. If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you do so. Going to see the new True Grit after having read the book made it all that much more enjoyable. The Coens executed the film perfectly, in my opinion. Even Jason Bourne, er, Matt Damon was surprisingly great. I say surprisingly because, prior to this, I couldn’t see Damon as much of a Western guy. But Matt Damon is terrific, as is the whole cast.

All that said, none of it could come close to being as great as the book. I suggest you own it and read it.

All About the Details | TO KI TO SS11

Jan 7th, 2011 | Categories: Menswear, Outerwear, Tokyo | by Michael Williams

As is the custom in Japan, my best friend Rob and I took our shoes off when we entered Tokihito Yoshida’s studio in the beautiful Daikanyama section of Tokyo. It was a little disarming for me to be meeting with someone in my socks, a feeling that certainly wasn’t the intention of Tokihito. He is soft spoken, courteous and welcoming. There was a language barrier at play as well. He doesn’t speak much English and I don’t speak much Japanese, luckily we had a translator. Oh, and we can talk through the clothing he designs.

Tokihito is probably best known (though I think he still flies largely under the radar) for his wildly successful (and completely badass) Barbour Beacon collection. Outside of that, Tokihito and his own line TO KI TO don’t have much of a presence outside of Japan, something that needs to change. Tokihito has some serious design skills and is deserving of all of the good words that can be sent his way. When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t be afraid to say he is one of the best designers in the world. I’ve never seen a better straight-up outwear designer. Bold statements be damned, the man is good. The details and shapes are equal parts logical and totally unexpected.