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Inside Steven Alan

A Few of Michael’s Favorite Things

  • Michael Williams, the man behind A Continuous Lean, is someone we would choose first to be on our Steven Alan dodgeball team (for his spot-on style of course). Since we couldn’t get the team together, we asked Michael to compile a list (he’s really good at this) of some of his favorite items in the store.

    People who work with me or see me frequently know that I have a pretty consistent uniform of woven shirts, raw selvage jeans and LL Bean Bulcher Mocs. When the temperature drops I need something warmer, enter the Steven Alan flannel shirt. The flannel version is the perfect winter option for a button-down guy like myself. I will just need ten of them…

    The Filson Double Logger tin cloth coat is the Land Rover Defender of jackets. This coat is going to take some time to be broken in, but after a few years of wear and tear this thing is going to be a really nice looking classic that will never go out of style.

    I haven’t felt more out of place than the day I arrived at the baggage claim in Tokyo airport. All of the Japanese people were grabbing their Rimowa-style suitcases off the conveyor belt while I looked on longingly. Right then and there I knew I had to get one. The cases are light (which is an essential feature for me, a die-hard over-packer), easy to wheel, and do they do a great job of keeping things from being crushed.

    A gentleman never wears brown in town, that’s what proper English gentlemen say about shoes. Black is for the city, brown is for the country. I don’t like to follow rules and would love to wear these cordovan shoes from Northamptonshire, England-based Grenson all over New York.

    A good cardigan can be deployed for nearly every possible situation. Movies, check. Work, check. Walk the dog, check. Taking a nap, check. Flying on a plane, check. See what I mean? I could go on forever. This comfy Reverse Seam cashmere cardi is the ultimate marriage of utility and luxury.

    This entry was posted on Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 11:18 am and is filed under Window Shopping. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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4 Responses to “A Few of Michael’s Favorite Things”

  1. [...] From A Continuous Lean: “The folks over at Steven Alan asked me if I would come by their shop and pick out five of my favorite things (a virtual wish list if you will) for their Journal (that’s fancy way of saying blog). Since Steven Alan is one of my favorite stores of all time, I quickly agreed. Things did get a little strange when I started walking out of the TriBeCa location with all of my picks. Apparently they wanted me to pay for the five things. Can you believe that?!? Only kidding. You can see my little list of Steven Alan goodness here.” [...]

  2. Andy says:

    I just happened to enter your store in West Hollywood for the first time last week.
    I never had heard of you.

    But I was completely in love with your high quality, comfortable, unpretentious and beautifully made goods. Particularly, the shetland sweaters which have multiple tones and hues woven into them.

    So refreshing to see a retailer who is not turning out limp and cheap sweaters.

  3. Nice post — thanks for sharing.

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