Archives for February 2011 | A Continuous Lean.

Barn Burner

Feb 28th, 2011 | Categories: Philadelphia, Vintage | by Michael Williams

The folks at Three Potato Four had a barn sale this weekend and a few friends and I decided to take the trip down to Philadelphia for the day to check things out. Husband and wife team Stu and Janet Morales started Three Potato Four as an online only shop in 2007. They opened their physical store last August and started doing the barn sales this past January. The “barn” is an awesome old brick building that used to be the dye room in an old wool mill. The internal structure looks to be composed of both brick and some weathered old wood with a bunch of windows at the top. The windows provide for a lot of great natural light, the kind of natural light that those of us that live in Manhattan don’t often get to enjoy. The contents of the barn consist of a bunch of old awesome stuff that must have been culled from farms and old factories and junk drawers all over the U.S.


Feb 28th, 2011 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • An impossibly cool take on fighter Jack Dempsy’s style. [Details]
  • Hunter S. Thompson, another satisfied customer. NSFW [YouTube]
  • Nice looking British military watch for sale. [TimeZone] [Pictured]
  • I hope you all have had a chance to meet Mr Porter. [Mr Porter]
  • A look inside the Red Wing factory. #saltoftheearth [Red Wing Shoe Co.]*
*Red Wing is a client of Paul + Williams. #fulldisclosure

Into the Abyss

Feb 27th, 2011 | Categories: Random | by Michael Williams

“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”

Clearly, Bud Fox didn’t take Lou Mannheim’s advice back in 1987. We’ve been monitoring the current Charlie Sheen meltdown very closely. Our interest in Wild Thing’s current adventures started with pornstar Kacey Jordan’s amazing tell-all interview on Howard Stern (part I, part II, part III, part IV & part V / depending on where you work, those are likely NSFW). The best part of the Kacey Jordan Howard Stern chat is definitely the bit when Charlie writes her a $30,000 check (made out to Cash no less) for her services. Riveting stuff here people. And then came the very quotable phone call to Alex Jones, which while completely perplexing and ridiculous, is utterly amazing for its comedic value. It is also utterly sad to see a person as talented as Sheen self destruct publicly yet again.

How to Use Camouflage

Feb 26th, 2011 | Categories: Military, Video, WWII | by Michael Williams

It is important for the modern man to understand the proper usage of camouflage. And remember, a bivouac area spotted, is a bivouac area lost.

Maine Made Moccasins from Wassookeag

Feb 24th, 2011 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Maine | by Michael Williams

Honest handsewn shoes for an honest price, that’s the way it is done at Wassookeag. The tiny company sells a selection of moccasins that are made by hand — one at a time — by proprietor Mark Wintle in the central Maine town of Dexter. “I have only officially been handsewing my own moccasins for about six months now,” he said. “However, I have been under the direct tutelage of my father who has been handsewing shoes for over 40 years and has been making moccasins for about 25 years.”

With the growing popularity of hand sewn American-made shoes, it seems like now is as good as time as ever to get into the shoe making business. “I recently quit my high tech career, moved back to Maine — where I grew up — to start my own business, making moccasins,” says Wintle. “I thoroughly enjoy working for myself and working beside my father every day.”

A Thousand Days of JFK

Feb 24th, 2011 | Categories: Books, History, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern

It’s a busy season for Kennedy nostalgia, what with the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, the debut of the JFK Library’s digital archive, and the scrapping of an ill-conceived biopic. Of course some people were looking forward to the flick in the hopes of some stylish scenes, historical accuracy be damned. Amid all the hoopla however it’s been overlooked that a bona fide JFK film just came out – albeit tucked in the back of a book. We’re talking about Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by Richard Reeves with photos by Cecil W. Stoughton, which comes complete with a DVD of never-before-seen film footage.

The Drinking Man’s New Orleans.

Feb 23rd, 2011 | Categories: David Coggins, Drinking | by David Coggins

You think you’re braced for New Orleans’ lax approach toward human frailty, but you’re probably not.  Like an upper classman with a fake ID, the city encourages you to drink with little concern for the consequences.  Many of us don’t need much persuasion in the first place.  You already know the classics: The Ramos Gin Fizz, the Sazerac, the Pimm’s Cup, and, lower down the list (much lower), the Hurricane.

At the indispensable Tujague’s, the astute barman Paul devised something called the Green Rice.  All he would reveal before we tried it was that the liquor was gin, which of course was no problem.  It tasted slightly of citrus, and had an incredibly clean finish, without being bitter.  The reason?  Rice vinegar.  Sometimes it takes vision to invent a new level of vice.