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

Looking in on Old & New

Jul 18th, 2011 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

The good people from (capsule) + Randy Goldberg and I kicked off our little impromptu shop Old & New yesterday on New York’s far West Side this weekend. While it was stifling hot, everyone managed to have a good time amongst some great vintage and a few up-and-coming brands. I spent most of the time running around and chatting with folks, I did manage to sneak a couple of shots of the place to give you an idea of what the place is all about. The shop continues on all day today (Monday 7/18) & tomorrow right around the corner from (capsule) and all are welcome.

Dehen 1920 from Portland, OR.

Introducing: Old & New

Jul 15th, 2011 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

This weekend my good pal Randy Goldberg and I are teaming up with the folks from the (capsule) trade-show on an impromptu shop called Old & New. Starting this Sunday we’ve commandeered a raw space on the far West Side and filled it with vintage dealers, a few up-and-coming labels and other respected local makers like Terrapin Stationers. Old & New runs for three days, is open to the public and should prove to be good fun. All of the details below.

An impermanent shop with goods by:

Dehen 1920, Quit.Mad.Stop., Tipton & Co., Orange Crush Exports, Strongarm C&S, Co., Tart, B4 It Was Cool, McSweeney’s Books, Terrapin Stationers.

And an installation of commodities and props from byKenyan.

Open to the public at large.

Three days only:

Sunday, July 17. Noon To Seven.
Monday, July 18. Ten To Seven.
Tuesday, July 19. Ten To Six.

Opening night event, July 17th at Five.

142 11th Avenue
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York City

No sleep till Berlin.

Jul 13th, 2011 | Categories: Berlin, Travel | by Michael Williams

If you haven’t ever been to Berlin (or haven’t been in a some while), then you need to do yourself a favor and visit. The city has gone through such a dramatic transformation and development over the past few years, it is remarkable. The city also has an energy that, to me, is unmatched on the Continent. The food is good, the museums are good, the style is good, and the place is semi-affordable (even with the Dollar exchange pain that we Americans are used to).

I had the pleasure of spending last week in the expansive German city and below are some of the sights from my trip. In addition to what you see here (and a substantial bit of these photos have been appearing on my Instagram @acontinuouslean), I also visited a few shops and will report more on that shortly. If Europe is in your future travel plans, be sure to spend some time in Berlin, you won’t be sorry.

Nigel Cabourn SS12 | Desert Rats

Jul 12th, 2011 | Categories: England, SS12 | by Michael Williams

With all that was going on at Pitti Uomo, I didn’t get a good chance to go over the Nigel Cabourn SS12 collection in much depth. As it turned out, I did get another bite at the apple during the shows in Berlin. The spring collection is inspired by General Bernard Montgomery and the “Desert Rats” of the British 8th Army and their campaign in North Africa during WWII. This can be seen very clearly in the photo of the military inspired suits pictured above. Exaggerated khaki jackets paired with long wide leg shorts were at the center of the Nigel Cabourn collection for the season.

Hats off to Nigel and their team for sticking to their guns (pun intended) and turning out the clothes that they want to make, and not clothes that other people want them to make. The remainder of the SS12 line is all of the great clothing that you’ve come to know and love from the British label. I really liked the plaid Irish Linen jacket that is made of fabric specifically developed by the Cabourn folks. More photos below.

As It Happened | J Class Regatta

Jul 7th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Autos, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern

While Michael was off gallivanting in Europe we headed down to Newport at the behest of Bentley to check out the J Class Regatta. Our whirlwind tour included a day on the water watching the yacht races, dinner and drinks at the historic Castle Hill Inn and some time behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT the next day. The sleek J Class yachts, ranging from 119 – 135 ft., were constructed between 1930 – 1937 to compete in the America’s Cup; this was the first competitive J Class regatta in the U.S. since the ’37 Cup, when Ranger (funded by Harold S. Vanderbilt) successfully defended the trophy against the British challenger Endeavour II.

The Details | Isaia Napoli

Jul 6th, 2011 | Categories: Clothing, Italy, Made in Italy 2011 | by Michael Williams

The post on the Isaia factory in Casalnuovo was extensive in terms of photos, partially because there was much to absorb at the storied Neapolitan tailor, but also because the process is so involved. Making a suit jacket is an intricate endeavor that requires not only great skill, but also equal amounts of finesse. It is a wonderful time-honored process and something magical to witness in person. So to help convey the complexity, I wanted to give you as many perspectives as possible.

One thing that really struck me at Isaia was all of the work that is done by hand, the relative ease at which the processes are performed and the general skillfulness that the workers exude. Even though I shared photos of the factory in general, I thought it would be interesting to drill down a bit into the work done by hand — one of the things that separates Isaia from other makers — and also into the little details that make these suits truly unique.

The lining is attached manually to the sleeve opening. Note the pucker, a sign the sewing was done by hand.

ACL Kodachromes Part XI

Jul 5th, 2011 | Categories: ACL KODACHROME | by Michael Williams

It has been some time since I posted new Kodachrome images from the growing ACL collection. This is due in part to the process taking a very long time from start to finish. The lull is partly because I haven’t found any slides worth buying recently. This batch centers mostly on a family trip around Colorado (the truck there says Hartsel, Colorado) and through to the Hoover dam (not pictured). It is amazing to me how many similar photos people of this era took. The only thing missing from this set (that has been present in all previous sets) is a image of someone fishing. Regardless, this whole set of slides was worth it just to get the above image. Beautiful Americana right there.