Archives for July 2012 | A Continuous Lean.

A Place of Harmony | Newport Folk Festival

Jul 31st, 2012 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

Imagine a music festival that is not massively packed and not obsessed with making as much money as possible. Seems impossible in 2012, but it’s not. The Newport Folk Festival is the last bastion of enjoyable music festivals in the United States. The crowd is courteous, the staff amenable and the stages accessible. You can bring a chair and a cooler without being subject to a full body cavity search. You can move between stages easily and enjoy the entire line-up if you wish. And the setting in Fort Adams in Newport offers a good setting to see live music and picturesque views of the harbor. Mix in some boozy fun in town and the weekend could be the best of summer.

MMJ’s Jim James performs at the Quad Stage.





Shopping Amagansett | Love Adorned East End

Jul 25th, 2012 | Categories: Retail | by Michael Williams

Everything you need that you never knew you needed. That’s the easy way to describe the shop Love Adorned in Amagansett Square. The Hamptons outpost is an offshoot of the Elizabeth Street store by the same name, which is the off shoot of the popular tattoo parlor New York Adorned. It sounds more confusing than it really is. The hardest part of Love Adorned East End is dealing with the LIE on a Friday afternoon.

Another way to describe the summer-centric Love Adorned in Amagansett would be to say it is a sort of tribal Labour and Wait. That’s a strong compliment considering Labour and Wait is one of my top five favorite stores in the world.





As it Happened | East Ended

Jul 22nd, 2012 | Categories: As it happened | by Michael Williams

This weekend was spent on a mission to get out of Dodge. With the heat being what it has been this Summer, its been a good year to get out the city as much as possible. Luckily, I’ve been able to escape to the beach most weekends. The setting for the past few enjoyable days has been the leafy and well-heeled enclaves of the East End.

Put simply, I’m not a regular in either Montauk or the Hamptons, but I did manage to see some interesting stuff. Saturday in particular, we popped over to the East Hampton Antique Show and spent some time off the beach perusing the offerings of about fifty dealers from all over the East Coast. Obviously there weren’t any super deals to be found, but it was nice to get some inspiration for what to look for on eBay or other flea markets. I even spotted an Ovadia on the grass out there. All in all, not a bad way to enjoy a few sunny summer days.





Parma & Co. | Taking Prosciutto Very Seriously.

Jul 20th, 2012 | Categories: Drinking, Food, Italy, Milan | by Michael Williams

Wine, prosciutto, parmesan cheese, bread and a little pasta with basil and tomatoes. That is really all one could want for on a sunny afternoon in Italy.  There’s a salumeria called Parma & Co. that happens to be the perfect place to enjoy the tastes and pace of Brera, one of Milan’s most enjoyable neighborhoods. Brera is quaint and historic with a lot of great restaurants and shops. It’s more low key than some of Milan’s more happening neighborhoods, and is my favorite place to hang out while in Italy’s most stylish city.

The food at Parma & Co. is simple and delicious, very typical of Italy. The must have is the Prosciutto di Parma — the restaurant claims to have won some type of Italian cured meat award, something I don’t doubt actually exists. Regardless of its prosciutto bona fides, your author can confirm that Parma & Co. definitely worthy of a detour, some of your hard earned money and an opportunity at an enjoyable Italian lunch.





Humble and Outstanding | Barena SS13

Jul 17th, 2012 | Categories: Italy, Menswear, Pitti Uomo June 2012 | by Michael Williams

Seeing photos of the Barena collection doesn’t really do it any justice. It’s best enjoyed in person. At Pitti I consistently walk away from the Barena booth saying to myself: “Barena is my favorite thing at the show”.  That is not hyperbole, I really mean it. Barena encapsulates the Italian art of looking smartly dressed and remaining utterly casual. It’s something that is often overlooked or under appreciated on these American shores. It really is a good concept though; look as dressed up as possible and feel as dressed down as possible. Who could not like that?





Good Things to be Found at Cape Porpoise Outfitters

Jul 12th, 2012 | Categories: Antiques, Maine, Retail | by Michael Williams

Cape Porpoise Outfitters is a new antiques store that is obsessed with all things military, nautical, Ivy League, booze, classic cars, books, watches, and all sorts of other great vintage oddities. Situated in an 18th century barn, CPO is the product of friend (and ACL contributor) Mr. Jared Paul Stern, who is as prolific collector of vintage “stuff” as anyone I know. It’s not just any kind of stuff, this is a shop for guys that want an interesting and edited mix. CPO is a very obvious reflection of JPS’ overall interests — be it nautical paintings, antique furniture or surplus racks for M-16s. That’s right, surplus racks for assault rifles — what home doesn’t need those?

Over the years I’ve done the antiques-drive from Wells, Maine on Route 1 many times stopping at the dozens of vintage, junk and antiques stores to varying degrees of success. Admittedly, CPO takes some of the hunt out of things, but all of the fun remains. Needless to say if you read this blog, you will like Cape Porpoise Outfitters. So if you happen to find yourself in Southern Maine, a diversion to CPO is worth it. While you are in town, stop by and see the nice ladies at the Cape Porpoise Kitchen and have a bite to eat, you won’t be disappointed.





Escape to Maine.

Jul 10th, 2012 | Categories: Escape to, Maine, Uncategorized | by Michael Williams

Last week Maine. This week I’m in NYC. Maine was better.

Lobster. Saltboxes. Becky’s. Springers in the sea. Dark & Stormys. Mabel’s Lobster Claw. Nice folks. Ice cream. Portland. Canoe trips. Harbor views. Wine. Good books. Salt water. Plank chairs. Baxter beers. Goose Rocks beach. Petite Jacqueline. The Tides. Lighthouses. Escape to Maine.