An Established Destination for Men’s Style.

A Continuous Lean is a first wave men’s style blog (founded in 2007) turned newsletter written by Michael Williams. Through my stories I hope to help people cut through the noise of the menswear world by highlighting the small brands that make long-lasting goods. I’m intrigued by old and often overlooked companies that make things in traditional ways. The goal is to buy less, but buy better.

The photo above is a Kodachrome slide that’s part of my collection of images that came from yard and estate sales.

What is the ACL Newsletter is About.

General topics of conversation: 1. men’s style, 2. heritage & craftsmanship, 3. retail, and 4. odds & ends like cycling, ideas, culture, wine, golf, and gear. I will typically publish stories twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. As good conversations come up I will publish an interview podcast. On Mondays, I send out a weekly chat with writer David Coggins from The Contender. My goal for the site is to publish when there are good things to talk about rather than dilute just to publish more often.

Speaking of Buying for Value.

Interested in more than just ACL? There’s also Central Division where you can receive all of the stories from ACL, complete access to The Contender, plus our weekly podcast and all of our archives. You can find that bundle here.

Editorial and Sponsorships.

Nothing included in any newsletter is paid placement and I am not compensated by any brands for coverage or inclusion in any way. I do have outside clients who pay me, but I would never include them in the newsletter because I work on their behalf — it’s a separate thing and it will stay that way. If they can’t understand that then we probably shouldn’t be working with each other. So don’t worry about that. A note related to affiliate commissions on recommended products: I don’t get them. I don’t factor affiliates into the editorial considerations, period. So know that if I am recommending something it’s because I really, actually like it. Feel free to click without cookies following you around for the rest of your life. My goal is to make the user experience the best it can be. No bullsh/t and no a**holes.

These are Crazy Days.

If you are a student, lost your job or just can’t afford to pay for the newsletter, email me and I will give you a free subscription no questions asked.

One Last Thing.

You can find ACL on Instagram and Twitter. There’s also a shop for long-time fans and true believers. You can find that here.