Archives for July 2012 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

The Shoes of Summer | Jack Purcell

Jul 9th, 2012 | Categories: Footwear, Shoes of Summer | by Michael Williams

Canvas sneakers are a way of life. An attitude. For me, they are a refuge from the heat and stress of a summertime city. The classic Jack Purcell are available these days in many variations, two of which are acknowledged by ACL as acceptable: white and navy blue canvas with laces. The classics, pure and simple. I don’t need the slip-on laceless variety. I don’t need crazy colors. I don’t need work boot laces. Less is truly more.

This past week saw us on an adventure in Maine with a brand new pair of Jack Purcells on hand for all of the Gosling’s soaked excitement — It was high tide for summertime. Being near the sea and doing the things you did as a child make you appreciate when things don’t change. It’s amazing when a pair of canvas sneakers can do the exact same thing and take you back. Like I said, they are a way of life…

Five new ones from Oak Street Bootmakers

Jul 5th, 2012 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

News of Maine-made handsewns is hard to ignore. That’s what I realized when the guys at Oak Street Bootmakers told me about the launch of five new designs (above: Peanut Suede Vibram Sole Trail Oxford: $302.), the largest single update in OSB’s short history. Included in this offerings (which you get to see here first) are two new crepe sole styles made from all that good Horween leather that you know and love.

More info on the new releases from Oak Street Bootmakers founder/designer George Vlagos:

We used a honey crepe on the two crepe styles. Almost all crepe, even from US shoe manufacturers comes from overseas. We found a small company in the US (interestingly, whose focus is not shoe soling), and they make these soles for us. Our crepe as you can see from the photos is beefy, but not as chunky as what others are using. These honey crepe soled shoes are by far the most comfortable shoes we have ever made. The crepe literally has bounce to it.

Being Neapolitan | A Lesson in Language & Style at Isaia

Jul 3rd, 2012 | Categories: CC Reagan, Italy, Pitti Uomo June 2012 | by CC Reagan

The first time I met Gianluca Isaia was years ago on a gray, damp day in Milano. He was wearing a heavy wool double-breasted brown and beige herringbone topcoat. His hair was long and he was throwing back caffe’ like a man doing shots of tequila. He had just arrived that morning from New York and the gloomy Milan climate wasn’t sitting well with him (in fact, it doesn’t sit well with any Italian who hails from Rome and below, but that’s for another entry). Yet, despite the jetlag and the rain, Gianluca had a take-it-or-leave-it lightness to him, a wholly Neapolitan attitude equal parts optimism and fatalism. I would later come to understand it informs everything he does, not least of all his distinct approach to dressing.

“Non pazziar’,” he tells me as he shows me through the spring collection during the latest Pitti Uomo. That’s Napolitano for “no joking” (I can’t help it if I found his blue, red and white Prince of Wales suit and signature leather Capri sandals amusing). But I should know better, when it comes to this venerable brand, style is no laughing matter. That’s not to say, though, there isn’t room for a bit of irony.

Western Dispatch: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Jul 2nd, 2012 | Categories: Checking In, David Coggins | by David Coggins

You know what you want from a country retreat: a good view, a big fireplace, comfort without needless luxury. Too few get the equation exactly right, so when you find the one you happily return over the years. That’s the case with the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, which is situated 50 miles north of Ketchum along the Salmon River. The main building was built in 1930 and is on the National Historic Registry, and it’s a classic.

The ranch looks across the dramatic Sawtooth Mountains, and it has exactly what you want. Settle in to a straightforward cabin (with hickory furniture and its own fireplace) and then get down to business. The area is full of terrific hikes (the staff is eager to direct you), whether you want an something intense or low-key the scenery is fantastic. It’s also a reminder of how good life is away from the television (the rooms don’t have any).