Archives for April 2013 | A Continuous Lean.

Garrett Leight Icons: Arthur Miller & The Harding

Apr 30th, 2013 | Categories: Accessories, Menswear | by Michael Williams


The good people of Garrett Leight recently produced a campaign video that focuses on The Harding, one of the California opticians most popular styles. The frame design and the accompanying video was inspired by the stylish playwright Arthur Miller, a man who possessed stellar taste in both eye-wear and women. As a company, Garrett Leight has been doing good things of late. It seems to be a bit of an anomaly in the eye-wear world as one of the few little guys around. The frames themselves have always been intriguing to me, especially the U.S. made collaboration glasses it did with my good friend Mark McNairy.

A while back I happened to be in LA the same week the company’s shop on La Brea opened and I really like how the brand is expressed at retail. It all feels very unique and I have to say that to me it feels like almost everything Garrett Leight touches is impressively done. I had a chance to catch up with Garrett himself and talk to him about Arthur Miller, their shared appreciation of handsome glasses and this new series of short campaign videos. The full conversation is after the jump.

ACL: What was the inspiration behind these spots?

Garrett Leight: Funny enough, I am actually answering this last because it took me a while to think about it. But the true answer is Steve Jobs. That book and further research after reading that book changed me. Yes I’m a designer, but more than that I want to change the world. And even if its just through creating an eyewear brand for now, its important that people know how passionate I am about our designs, our quality, and our business in general. Our whole team is very inspired, so this is just the beginning in terms of showing what kind of people inspire us, specifically in regards to frame design in this case. Furthermore, I was a journalism major, so I love using my words, and I just feel like a video in some ways is more powerful than the photography in our look books, especially with today’s average attention span.


Apr 29th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

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  • Rent an Airstream and then tow it across the American West. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Apparently a lot of people buy bespoke boxer shorts. [Bloomberg]
  • Logistics! Inside one of Amazon’s massive fulfillment centers. [It's Nice That]
  • It’s strange to say, but the world needs more hand writing. [Handwriting by Dunhill]
  • Weekend bags for all possible adventures. [Kempt]
  • Selections for employment with the TVA at Stiner’s store c.1933. [Shorpy] [Pictured]

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As it Happened | Barbour Beacon

Apr 25th, 2013 | Categories: As it happened | by Michael Williams


April 24, 2013 16:01 GMT | Herd Groyne Lighthouse | River Tyne, South Shields, England

Fix Don’t Replace | The Barbour Repair Shop

Apr 24th, 2013 | Categories: Fix Don't Replace, Made in England, Menswear | by Michael Williams



The Barbour repair shop is tucked away in a comparatively small room at the back of the main factory in South Shields, England. It’s a relatively calm space when you consider the frenetic energy that fills the factory floor not too far away. Upon entry, you immediately notice the racks and racks of well-worn old Barbour jackets that have been sent in for repair. In some cases it’s just a minor fix or re-waxing, in other cases are life or death and major surgery is required. The casual observer would say: “Why go to all the trouble just to save some old ratty coat?’ While those of us who know better would instruct the men and women of the Barbour repair shop to “please do all you can to save her”.

While a guest of Barbour at the factory, the ladies in the repair shop noticed the two torn pockets on my 10-year-old Bedale (don’t walk your dog on a leash with your hands in your pockets) and offered to fix my jacket on the spot. Before you know it, my jacket was on a table getting the snaps cut off with pliers and open heart surgery was underway. They promised me everything would be back in action in a few hours.


Checking In | The Club at Kukui`ula

Apr 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Checking In | by Michael Williams


There are two types of places on this earth: The Club at Kukui`ula and everything else.

This is the place to go with a group of friends when you want to truly experience the good life. Located on the lush island of Kauaʻi, “The Club” as I endearingly call it, is the place to go for the perfect vacation. Situated on the south shore of the island not far from Poipu, there are 15 Club Cottages (with options for 3-4 bedroom villas) that give the renter rights to all of the membership privileges that Kukui`ula has to offer. This is significant because the club is private and the only way you can get access is by renting one of these cottages or by owning property in the development. This is also significant because Kukui`ula is as nice of a resort as I have ever been too.



Apr 18th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

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  • Freeman’s Sporting Club takes Tokyo. [FSC] [Pictured]
  • The business of Sriracha. [Los Angeles Times]
  • “Trouble Will Find Me” [The National] [Music]
  • America’s next great consumer product: weed. Devin Friedman investigates. [GQ]
  • Andy Spade gets some skin in the sleepwear game. [Sleepy Jones]

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50 Years After the First Ascent.

Apr 18th, 2013 | Categories: Adventure, History | by Michael Williams


Eddie Bauer —the original expedition outfitter of American Everest explorers— recently sent a team of mountaineers to return to the deadly peak’s West Ridge to commemorate the historic anniversary of the 1963 climb of Jim Whittaker who is credited as the first American to summit the world’s tallest peak.

The short video below helps tell the story of the first Americans to stand on the summit. Eddie Bauer also created this beautiful web feature that highlights the adventure that Whittaker and his comrades shared, along with the gear that took both the 1963 team and the 2013 teams to the top.