Archives for April 2013 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

Wants & Desires | Best Made Co. Waxed Cruiser

Apr 18th, 2013 | Categories: Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams


You have to hand it to the Best Made Co.

Not only have they received spectacular amounts of press and attention for their signature axes, basically everything the company touches (the brand’s website, the axes and even the graphic prints) look stunningly well designed. Not to stop there, Best Made continues to bring the hits when it comes to develop and launching new products. The newest such release —the Light Waxed Cruiser— is a handsome jacket which is perfect for spring. And it’s well priced at $348, considering it is made in the U.S.


Shopping Honolulu | Leather Soul Downtown

Apr 17th, 2013 | Categories: Hawaii, Shopping | by Michael Williams


With its natural beauty and laid back lifestyle, many people consider Hawaii to be heaven on earth. It is paradise to me though, largely because of the fact that Hawaii is home to Leather Soul and its two amazing shops.

In the capital city of Honolulu, amongst the tourists, bankers, government workers and other assorted business men —many of them seriously wearing Hawaiian shirts to the office, which is apparently totally acceptable business attire — sits Leather Soul Downtown, the newest offshoot of what I think to be the best shoe store in America. The only thing wrong with this new(ish) shop is the fact that it is still too many thousands of miles away from where I live.

The offerings at LSDT are a bit more conservative than what is on hand at the original shop (which I affectionately call “the mothership” or “ground zero for handsome footwear and other assorted greatness”), but they are not by any means less angeringly awesome. Tricker’s, Alden, Quoddy, John Lobb, Edward Green, J.M. Weston, New Balance, Saint Crispin’s — they’re all there. Plus, Globe Trotter and Rimowa. It’s probably for the best that your wallet was stolen while you were enjoying the Hawaiian beach life.




Apr 17th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams



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Apr 15th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams


A rare perspective of Lower Manhattan.

  • An American classic: The Remington 1100 turns 50. [Field & Stream]
  • The story of the family business in Ohio that invented Purell [The New Yorker]
  • The invention of teenagers. [LIFE]
  • All black Eames everything. Lord have mercy. [Cool Hunting]
  • Making six Manhattans in sixty seconds. Rye on the rocks for me. [Saveur via Grub Street]

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Yellowstone and the Adventures of the American West.

Apr 13th, 2013 | Categories: Americana, History, Photography | by Michael Williams


The U.S. Geological Survey has a nice collection of photos from the national parks of the American West, including a bunch of images from the various surveys of Yellowstone National Park from late 1800s that eventually led to the land being protected forever by the government. These early black and white photographs capture the beautiful natural landscape of an area that has gone on to become one of the most celebrated and a widely visited places in America.




Apr 12th, 2013 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams

  • Good stuff in San Francisco and the making of 3sixteen jeans. [3sixteen] [Pictured]
  • Sixty five years of the Land Rover Series I. [The Standard Edition]
  • Everything you need to know about the Charleston culinary scene. [The New York Times]
  • Wherein I discuss style and the importance of khakis. [Gear Patrol]
  • The golden era of Brooks Brothers oxford shirts [Put This On]

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The Need for Tweed.

Apr 10th, 2013 | Categories: Menswear, Video | by Michael Williams

I feel the need, the need for Tweed.

Films of people in the Outer Hebrides making Harris Tweed never get old. I’ve actually considered going to Harris or to the Isle of Lewis to see tweed being made first hand, but have not ever actually made the journey because it’s just so far damn away. Luckily filmmaker Sal Taylor made the trip and documented the place and the people who make this great fabric.

The Harris Tweed Authority (protector of the Orb!) has interestingly taken to the digital channels to actively market and promote Harris Tweed. They’ve launched the Need for Tweed Tumblr and an amusing Instagram account which only posts different patterns of the famed Scottish fabric. The kids must really like this stuff. And since Tweed has been so fully socially networked, all it really needs at this point is its own official day. Opps too late, Tweed Day was last week. You can’t make this stuff up.