Archives for September 2013 | A Continuous Lean.

Rowing The Mighty Hudson

Sep 30th, 2013 | Categories: New York City, Randy Goldberg, Video | by Randy Goldberg

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As you may or may not know, Pop Up Flea London (PUFLDN) touches down in St. James on the weekend of October 11th. Same great Pop Up Flea taste, different island. In the process of planning the first ever international Pop Up Flea, we’ve come to know several characters, hustlers and ne’er-do-wells who have been cushioning our arrival in London.

One such character is James Bowthorpe: artist, builder, editor of The Rig Out, and official Master Of Interiors for PUFLDN. Over the last two years, while we’ve been thinking about heading to London, James has been working on a project here in New York. It’s called the Hudson River Project.

In James’s words:

At the core of Hudson River Project is a simple idea: Build a boat out of Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – Lake Tear of the Clouds, high in the Adirondack Mountains – and row the boat back to Manhattan.





Where We’re Going and Where We’ve Been.

Sep 30th, 2013 | Categories: Shoes, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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Since its launch in 2009, Unionmade has, for so many brands, become the go-to menswear shop in the U.S. Founded by Carl Chiara and Todd Barket in 2009, the shop has emerged as one of menswear’s best in terms of both style and selection. Any chance I am in San Francisco and I get to shop there, I always relish the opportunity to discover something new, or to marvel at the vast amounts of things that I want to buy.

Unionmade’s classic point of view was what must have been what led Converse to focus its attention on the California shop as one of the best destinations to find the classic canvas Jack Purcell sneakers. There are so many elements of Unionmade that fit perfectly with Jack Purcell. They both represent the natural style-evolution of the American man. Both are interested in classic and enduring things as a basis for a versatile modern wardrobe. And both Jack Purcell and Unionmade are focused on style that lasts long into the future.





As it Happened | Stockholm

Sep 28th, 2013 | Categories: As it happened | by Michael Williams

Patagonia: Going its Own Way.

Sep 27th, 2013 | Categories: California, Menswear | by Michael Williams

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A few months ago I took a trip to visit Patagonia to get a look at the Ventura-based brand’s new Legacy Collection capsule. I also got a chance to see a lot of awesome archival Patagonia stuff, which was worth the trip right there. But what I really learned that day (which I spoke a bit about in my previous post about the company), was how thought-provoking it was to see the Patagonia culture first hand.  Being there and learning about the company’s values pushed me to think long and hard about my own values and to think about how a company can find success through two simple ideas: 1. Be committed to your values (act accordingly) and 2. Doing things differently can be the key to success.

These aren’t the only keys to Patagonia’s success, but they are the things that stand out to me. While I went to Ventura specifically to look at a clothing collection, I left with much more than just photos of the archival products (though that stuff is great as you can see below). I walked away with my mind racing, thinking about how to live my life, how to run a business and how to generally be happy. This year I have also spent time at Nike, Dreamworks, Google and various other large and small companies — all the while thinking about the role a company’s culture can impact personal success and overall happiness. Having worked for myself for the past 9 years I’ve pushed hard to build a successful professional life. At the same time, I’ve worked hard to take the time to actually enjoy my life and be happy. This was possible sometimes, and at other times it was completely impossible. But all of this energy directed at finding happiness and success at work and outside of work made be a strong believer in the importance of a positive culture.

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The (Natural) Evolution of Baracuta.

Sep 25th, 2013 | Categories: Menswear, Outerwear | by Michael Williams

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There’s an inherent risk in trying to infuse life into an old brand with a lot of history. This is exactly the challenge for the team at Italy’s WP Lavori as they attempt to pump some life into the crusty English outwear brand Baracuta. The classic coat maker and it’s famous “Harrington” jacket have played a role in the style of almost every British generation and cultural movement since they were introduced in an industrialized pre-war Manchester. Eventually, the skilled Bologna-based WP group took control of the brand and have set out to update and modernize the collection. With so many good projects under its belt –Woolrich Woolen Mills, the original Barbour Beacon range and everything ever done with ToKiTo— I’d say WP is up to the task.

While the brand was acquired a few seasons ago, it wasn’t until this SS14 season that we started to see some action in the collection. The G9 got color blocked, garment dyed and militarized bringing some change to an iconic jacket that was previously frozen in time. All of these new versions are being introduced, but the originals have remained intact. So if you are one of those people who hates change, then you don’t have to worry.

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Wants & Desires | Eidos Spring Summer 2014

Sep 20th, 2013 | Categories: Made in Italy, Menswear | by Michael Williams

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Launched this fall, Eidos is a recent addition to the Isaia family. The collection represents much of the Italian style that has ascended Isaia to cult status among those with an appreciation for fine tailoring. Though similar to its older sibling, the collection is focused more on a younger guy. Not to say that the target is young per se, Eidos is for those that love what Isaia offers in terms of style, but hasn’t necessarily graduated to that level quite yet.

The good news is, Eidos is priced below main-line Isaia and there’s not huge a sacrifice of quality. The collection is made entirely in Italy at another of company’s factories that is located between Naples and Rome. The higher-priced Isaia collection is made entirely at company’s original manufacture (which played host to me a while back) just outside of Naples. Regardless of where they are made, both offer great tailoring that is made with a high level of attention to detail.

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Hit the Books: The Warby Parker Fall Collection.

Sep 12th, 2013 | Categories: Eyewear, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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If you’re into style, then you’re likely a “fall is the best time of the year” type of person. Autumn is the best season for dressing up and the weather allows the perfect opportunity to layer on all of the great clothes you have spent the entire summer thinking about. Though it’s not all fun and games, fall is when you have to hit the books and get back down to work. With the cool weather, football games and changing of the season, fall is all about adding in that extra sweater, the jacket and all of the other important aesthetic accoutrements. Gone are the days of the minimalist summer where all you need is a tee shirt and shorts.

Warby Parker’s collection is the perfect compliment for the transition from summer to fall. The cult New York-based eye-wear has just released a 1960s inspired range of glasses that loves of classic style are sure to get behind. What could literally be more fitting for the time when we all need to get back to the books. These are exactly the types of frames that I want to pair with my tweed, shetland sweaters, waxed canvas jackets, duck boots and the rest of my fall closet so I can get back down to work and look good doing it.

My selections from the fall 2013 Warby Parker collection:

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Ripley in Oak Barrel.

 

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Ames sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise.

 

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Duckworth in Oak Barrel.