Magazine article The Fader

An American Man; the Ageless Taste of Michael Williams and a Continuous Lean

Magazine article The Fader

An American Man; the Ageless Taste of Michael Williams and a Continuous Lean

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* Michael Williams knows what he is talking about. The Ohio native's website A Continuous Lean--whose name derives from a nautical term for a list--is a catchall for all things men's style. The site gives equal play to tweed, metal trays, fighter planes, ties and staplers. In the year and a half he has been running the site, Williams, who co-owns a fashion PR firm, has quickly turned his holistic view of style into an authoritative stance on how to live classically. He gave us a breakdown of what now makes a man.

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ON THE DEATH OF METROSEXUALITY

The two words that I never want to use are fashion--the F word--and metrosexual. But I think that is dead and gone. That is so rejected by guys our age who are into fashion, into clothes, into barber shops or into these things, objects. This is guys being comfortable liking things. It's not about fashion, it's about having a certain aesthetic, and if apparel is a part of that, it's just another component of that style--I'm into these bands, this restaurant--it all works together. This is the evolution. It's like your girlfriend embarrassing you because you like clothes, like, "He's a metrosexual!" Can you just shut the fuck up? I just like clothes, is that bad? Everyone wants to make it effeminate for guys to like style, and this is guys finally being like, Just shut up, we like stuff and, I'm sorry, I like Steven Alan shirts.

ON BUYING AMERICAN

I want to dispel the notion that I'm just interested in American stuff. …

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