Courtesy of Michael Williams
Got a minute? A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams chats about workwear, bad style, and his up-and-coming blog.
Q: You work at your own PR firm by day. What made you take up blogging as a hobby?
A: There are a lot of great women's-style blogs, but men are underrepresented. Everything was either super-straight—about cars, drills, outdoor grilling equipment, or other shit I don't care about—or it was just too gay. I wanted to have a mix. It's for the guy who likes to buy certain labels, but it's not that serious.
Q: What are you into right now?
A: Rolled pants, bow ties . . . What's happening in menswear with all of this tailored and preppy stuff is pretty amazing. Fall is only going to have more of the plaids and classic American looks. D&G's fall collection is so American-looking. To see the Italians being influenced by American menswear is amazing. I'm totally digging it—my style is pretty classic and I'm pretty conservative about what I wear. I hope it lasts for a while so I'll be cool for a little bit longer.
Q: How do you pick what to cover?
A: I can't compete with other sites on covering brands like Robert Geller, and I don't want to regurgitate what's out there—there's so much. So I try not to cover a lot of New York brands. I'm obsessed with workwear, and there's this guy Christophe Loiron in L.A. who does MisterFreedom. He makes all of these antique, vintage reproductions from navy uniforms and coats, but the attention to detail is insane. Southwick is another favorite brand. It's a tailoring company—they make a lot of garments for Brooks Brothers. It's all made in the United States, and I'm a junkie for things that are made domestically.
Q: So why don't you take the catty approach to covering fashion? Like, "Can you believe Josh Hartnett wore that?"
A: It's so much easier to be negative about clothing than it is to say good things. Plus, bad-looking things don't look good on your site. I don't want to look at bad clothing—if you go outside, you can look at that all day long. Ryan Wenzel