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

Filson Japan Sans Proxy

Apr 20th, 2011 | Categories: Bags, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

The folks at Urban Outfitters in Philly landed another mini-exclusive by scoring a few dozen of the Filson Japan red label goods, available in the U.S. for the first time. These made in the USA canvas and leather bags are being offered in two styles — tote ($150) and zippered tote ($175) — and three special colors (red, white and blue — naturally) and have a nice red Filson label on the exterior. With the khaki Filson bags being so ubiquitous, these are a nice alternative. If you can get your hands on one that is.

New York’s Finest: Miller’s Oath.

Apr 19th, 2011 | Categories: Clothing, David Coggins, Made in the USA, New York City | by David Coggins

At a certain point in your life you accept the fact that you need a tailor—a real tailor, who makes a suit specifically for you. It’s going to cost more than $3000, and you respect (perhaps grudgingly) the fact that that quite serious amount of money is going to a craftsman who’s learned his trade over decades; it’s going to buy cloth woven in the finest mills; it’s going to a cutter who’s refined his pattern to create a refined silhouette. Your money is not going to underwrite a luxury goods behemoth, it’s not going to anybody who appears in his own ads—it’s not going to anybody who has ads. You seek a local tailor.

That equation is simple, but difficult to achieve. That’s why New Yorkers are lucky to have Miller’s Oath in our fair city. Kirk Miller, formerly of Paul Stuart and Thom Browne, ran Barker Black with his brother, Derrick. Over the years he’s met suppliers, tailors, and methodically plotted his own venture. He opened Miller’s Oath, late last year in a handsome narrow storefront on Greenwich Street—around the corner from the beloved Ear Inn. And the results couldn’t be better.

Day Trip to Calais 1967

Apr 18th, 2011 | Categories: England, France, Video | by Michael Williams


Apr 18th, 2011 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • Guy Trebay’s insiders guide to Milan. [The New York Times]
  • Mesmerizing video of the making of a Marc Newson for Ikepod hourglass [Nowness]
  • Images from the Civil War in 3D [LOC on Flickr] [Pictured]
  • Blue jeans and a white button-down. Lunch with Natsumi from Lark [Sokokashiko]
  • Calling cards are undergoing a bit of a revival. We like it. [The Wall Street Journal]

Maps & Intel | Los Angeles Shopping Update

Apr 16th, 2011 | Categories: Los Angeles, Maps & Intel, Shopping | by Michael Williams

We just posted an update to the L.A. shopping map (that lives on the Maps & Intel page) to include some new openings (like Unionmade L.A.) and some old favorites that should have been on there long ago. Any suggestions, drop them in the comments and we will take them under consideration. Next on our list to update, New York shopping. More on that soon.

View Men’s Shopping in Los Angeles by ACL in a larger map

A Final Plunge at the Harvard Club

Apr 13th, 2011 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, New York City, TNSIL | by Jared Paul Stern

May 1940. Germany has just invaded France. Neville Chamberlain resigns as British Prime Minister. The country is poised on the brink of war. The burning question – how are they coping at the Harvard Club?! Something like that must have been behind Life’s decision to dispatch photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to 27 West 44th St. in New York, just as the Germans captured Paris causing the U.S. Navy to augment its ranks – including several able-bodied Harvard men.

Others however were content to whittle away the hours in the stately confines of the Harvard Club, centered on a three-story red brick neo-Georgian building by McKim, Mead & White constructed in 1894. Within its richly-paneled walls was everything a gentleman could require: good food, plentiful cocktails, a vast library, a barber, a smoking room, an indoor swimming pool, squash courts and a fully-stocked wine cellar, all far from the fields of battle.

Eating Austin | Frito Pie

Apr 12th, 2011 | Categories: Austin, Food | by Michael Williams

While in Austin a few weeks back we popped into Lamberts for a quick bite and a break from the chaos that is SXSW. The intention was to saddle up to the bar and dine on some of the tasty food that Lamberts has become known for. While tempted by the aromas of the slow smoked meats, we instead veered slightly off course and selected the Frito Pie, a decision that will reverberate for years to come in the form of cravings for a dish in a far away city.