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Wants & Desires | J.W. Hulme Company

Nov 2nd, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Made in the USA, Minnesota, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

Not as omnipresent as Filson bags but just as authentic, J.W. Hulme has been making high quality leather and canvas in Minnesota for over 100 years. The company is probably best known for selling its waspy wares to outdoorsy outfitter Orvis in the late 80s and 90s. Eventually, the relationship with Orvis came to an end, but J.W. Hulme continues to supply nice looking and well made goods in their unique style. It goes without saying that the goods don’t come cheap and that there are companies out there making similar products, but with J.W. Hulme you are paying for high end materials and fabrication. These bags require more of an investment up-front, but I have to think they will literally last a lifetime. If I were you I would start breaking one in now, your son will thank you.

American Heritage Leather Duffle


Canvas Briefcase


Wants & Desires | BDDW Stone Barns

Oct 27th, 2009 | Categories: Sean Sullivan, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams


Ahhh the urge to escape. It has crossed every New Yorker’s mind at least once…in the past week. The daydream of finding a little place upstate where you can live out your days watching the dogs run around the freshly mowed front yard. The Volvo doesn’t have to be moved before 9am and the neighbors all know your name, first and last. Well now you can not only have those two dogs and permanent suspension of alternate side parking, but could probably house every one of your friends while you’re at it. BDDW, a New York based furniture company, is packing up their Hudson River Valley headquarters and heading down to good ol’ Philadelphia, Pa. A move that leaves 147 acres of wooded relaxation up on the auction block. The property includes a 1500 square foot house, two gigantic stone horse barns and the aforementioned acreage. The asking price for the dream? A cool $1.9m. Having access to that clock tower alone is worth the price of admission in my mind. Bed & breakfast anyone? I already have the plans drawn up. —SEAN SULLIVAN

Wants & Desires | Shopping Orvis

Sep 18th, 2009 | Categories: Uncategorized, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

Since we are riffing on the arrival of autumn weather, what store could be better to highlight than the perennial fall favorite, Orvis. The hook and bullet shop has a pretty awesome line-up for fall including some tasty Alden boots, loads of Barbour and all of the waspy staples that one would ever need. When I worked in Midtown (Manhattan), I would sneak away and waste all sorts of time at the Orvis outpost on Fifth Avenue. I love the idea of being in a massive city and looking at fly fishing accoutrements and other assorted man-gear. Some of my favorite items below.

Alden Aviator boot


Barbour Border Jacket in navy


Wants & Desires | J. Press Ties

Jun 1st, 2009 | Categories: Style, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

The perfect accoutrement for summer suits are the raw silk and Indian Madras ties from the reliable Ivy League clothier J. Press. A quick look in my closet would reveal roughly 150 J. Press ties collected over the years, more than all of the other brands combined. One thing I love about these little pieces of fabric is the fact that they will never go out of style. That’s a concept I championed when I worked with the company, design with no obsolescence. So if it’s classic style you desire, break out the khaki cotton suits and get to work — or go to work — in one of these ties.


Wants & Desires | America, Fuck Yeah

May 26th, 2009 | Categories: Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

As you all well know, the esteemed Mister Mort is always a natty dresser. Last week we met up to go see some vintage airplanes on Long Island and Mister Mort showed up in the most amazing hat from Supreme’s SS09 collection. I have been on the look out for a good mesh back hat (if you can believe it), ever since a few months ago when I was reminded of the great looking blue hat that Mr. Levon Helm rocked in The Last Waltz. Tongue in cheek patriotism at its finest (in the title) and below.


Wants & Desires | Cramp Leather Goods

Apr 29th, 2009 | Categories: Japan, Style, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

There was a little gem in the back (front?) of the new issue of Free & Easy, Cramp leather goods. (That link worked last night but not today — fyi.) Cool stuff,  strange name. Lately Free & Easy seemed to be getting more bizarre by the minute, making you feel like you had taken acid and were mowing a lawn of dandelions on a John Deere tractor. Luckily the good folks who put out my favorite non-English magazine were able to shake off the psychedelic haze for the May home issue. The Cramp canvas and leather shoulder bag, plus the other items pictured below, are some great looking accessories. Definitely something I need to keep an eye out for on my next trip to Japan.


Wants & Desires | Commuter Bike

Apr 6th, 2009 | Categories: Bicycles, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

I’ve been after a commuter bike for a while now. Something that I will ride to work (on the days the dog stays home; sorry dog) and generally use to just get around New York. Maybe I’m just jealous of all the fun they are having in Copenhagen? I already have two bicycles at the moment, but I really think one should own as many bikes as one can effectively store at home. Seeing how my building has a bicycle room, I’m pretty much free to go as far as my wallet will take me. Tonight the better part of three hours was spent making this wish-list-of-sorts for a commuter bike. I should point out that this list is by no means recession friendly. Most of the rigs included (especially that super tasty Vanilla), are going to cost you both arm and leg. But that is why this post is titled Wants & Desires and not Needs & Requires.

Fast Boy Cycles