Thank You

On a dare, I began all plaidout a year ago today, and now on a daily basis, someone will ask, “So, are you, like, contractually obligated to, like, wear plaid?”

A regrettable name but one that’s stuck, all plaidout has been a blessing among blessings in my life. Over the course of the last year, I have developed some of the more important, more meaningful relationships in my life, many due in large part to this little web log. I’d like to take a minute to thank some of the people without whom this truly would be all played out.
In the summer of 2005, I moved from a small apartment in Queens into a smaller apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with two friends from college, Nick Kindelsperger and Blake Royer. While I was busily toiling away at a conservatory program in Midtown, they were schlepping to temp jobs here, there, and everywhere with a single purpose: make enough money to support a burgeoning food blog created in the smallest imaginable kitchen in New York City. I marveled at their enthusiasm, their ingenuity, and their indomitable spirit. The lessons learned from watching The Paupered Chef, their blog, grow into the inimitable source it’s become were a major inspiration. In fact, it was a conversation with Blake and a mutual friend, Matt Dellinger, which planted the seeds that became all plaidout.

As the idea marinated, I became enamored with men’s clothing blogs of all stripes, but one, more than any other, A Continuous Lean, consistently piqued an interest; Mr. Michael Williams continually shines the light on people, places, and things I’ve always loved or always should have loved. To riff on something Nick Maggio of the awe-inspiring A Time To Get once said of Michael, “without him, none of us would be here.” So, thank you, Michael.

Another Michael, Mr. Michael Macko, revered in menswear circles not only for his incredible talents as a taste-maker, but also for his reputation as one of the most approachable men in this business, was kind enough to set aside some time over a lunch with me where he allowed me to bend his ear, spit-balling my ideas for stories as he listened intently and offered advice and guidance where possible. In fact, it was immediately following that lunch when I reached out to Mary Rose MacKinnon, Laurie Brooks, and Mac McKeever of L.L. Bean, who would go on to help me share the story of their Bean Boot and Boat-and-Tote factory. My first trip to Maine would not have been as special without the support of Foster Huntington, Jay Carroll, and the Shorey family, owners of Quoddy. That trip sent all plaidout on its way.

None of this would have been possible without Michelle Sydney, the best editor I’ve ever had; Cary Randolph Fuller, the best correspondent/editor/dreamgirl a guy could ask for; Joe Gannon and Michael Withrow, the best business-partners-in-the-making; Alex Beh, the best in the business, period, guy; Raan and Shea Parton of Apolis Activism; Chris Olberding of Gitman Vintage; Ryan Huber and Sam Parker of Context Clothing; James Wilson of Secret Forts; Brandon Capps of Drinkin’ & Dronin’; Janie Bryant of Mad Men; Emil and Sandy Corsillo of The Hill-Side and Hickoree’s Hard Goods; Chris and Kirk Bray of Billykirk; Patrick Torres-Wright of Mosley Tribes; Derek Galkin and Steven Tiller of SeaVees; Walker Lamond of Rules for My Unborn Son; Cory Ohlendorf of Valet Magazine; Ryan Willms of INVENTORY; Stephen Watson of Hamilton 1883; Hollister and Porter Hovey; Joanna Goddard; Ryan Plett; Jake Davis; Jenny Yamaguchi; Rob Parham; Mike Pietrus; Mary Randolph Norton; David Coggins; Jim Stewart; my very patient parents; my brother Ben and sister-in-law Sarah; and last, but certainly not least, Sarah Reilly, the first person to encourage me in this business. This is all her fault, folks.

And of course, I owe the deepest, most sincere thanks to You, my readers. The outpouring of supportive e-mail and comments at the end of posts are all very humbling. I cannot thank you enough, but I hope with the continued development of all plaidout you will allow me to try. I look forward to sharing a bunch of exciting new things I have waiting just ’round the bend. Thanks for your patience as I continue to develop as a writer, as a garmento, as a man.

– Max

19 Comments

  1. Rob
    December 8, 2009

    And I thank you, good sir! Looking forward to many more fascinating stories.

  2. Walker
    December 8, 2009

    mazal tov!

  3. Laurie Brooks
    December 8, 2009

    Max – I can’t believe it’s been one year. I still remember my first tweet from you :). Congrats on a fantastic blog. I’m honored to be listed in such good company. Here’s to much success and adventure in your future.
    Laurie Brooks
    L.L.Bean PR

  4. Daniel Small
    December 8, 2009

    Congrats ! Your blog is one among the top few that inspired me to start my own.

    Loved the Maine pieces.

  5. Mathyou
    December 8, 2009

    Wow. You’ve covered a lot of ground in a year Max. This is by far my favorite lifestyle blog on the interweb.

  6. U.Maier
    December 9, 2009

    Dear Max,

    congratulations !
    Yours is one of my favourite blogs
    Keep up the good work.
    b rgds from Frankfurt/Germany
    Uwe

  7. CRF
    December 9, 2009

    No, thank YOU, Max.

  8. ACL
    December 9, 2009

    Well done sir! A year of blogging is like 10 years of regular living. Congrats!

    MW

  9. Chris
    December 9, 2009

    Rock on Max! Glad to be part of your ascent into this amazing blogosphere.

  10. Amy
    December 9, 2009

    Congrats Max – nice work. I enjoy checking in…

  11. AFocusedImagination
    December 10, 2009

    Congratulations on all the success. I really enjoy your fresh content and great writing…you really have a gift with the pen. Like Daniel said above, your blog is one of the main influences in motivating me to start my own as well.

    All the best with your future endeavors,
    Chaise

  12. Andrei K
    December 12, 2009

    keep the good work, Max!

    visiting frequently from Romania

  13. Nick Probst
    December 13, 2009

    I want to have your child.

  14. Lindsay
    December 17, 2009

    hey max- congrats on your blog’s birthday. we’ve certainly enjoyed it.

  15. Patrick Torres-Wright
    December 22, 2009

    Max,

    You are a good man, and you look great in the O’Malley, keep up the good work. Really honored to make your thank you list, in turn I also say thank you.

  16. Rich
    January 2, 2010

    No, thank you! Thank you for All Plaidout.

  17. AthensStyle
    January 5, 2010

    Congrats on your achievement, but most importantly on the content of your posts. Although I check more than 100 blogs related to men’s fashion and style, its only some selected ones that I do read. All Plaid Out is one of them. Keep up the good work!

  18. M. Wastler
    January 5, 2010

    Thank you so much, AS. Content is my king. I bow before it daily… well, lately, weekly.

  19. M. Wastler
    January 5, 2010

    Too kind, Rich. Thanks for checkin’ in!

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