The Momentum of Failure
Monday, March 15th, 2010
The average lifespan for a blog is four months. I don’t exactly know when I started to follow The Momentum of Failure, but it was only a few months before I started posting comments and thus ignited a dialogue with the man behind the blog, Will. I think what originally got me interested in his site were his unusual posts on such items as bacon products (lip balm, soap, jerky, vodka, etc.), though the always-entertaining back-and-forth banter with Will from my site, eau-my.com, got me hooked.
The Momentum of Failure provides readers with insight to Will’s style; less modern, more chic, each of his posts is more or less based on functional, everyday wear. Following shopping outings in Denver, Will puts most of his fabulous finds on sale in the Garage Sale section of his site. Another interactive feature? Every Tuesday, he hosts a panel of “Pretty Girls”; readers write in to seek advice from the ladies on a variety of issues, though most have to do with dating. Will has truly created a unique source for guys, and—as a result—his blog is bound to have longevity.
C40. Tell me a little about your blog.
W. The Momentum of Failure is a peek into my lifestyle, my soul, my ever-changing moods via products and brands I use and support. It’s not always going to be pretty, but it’s always worth a read.
C40. What designers do you find to be most inspiring and why?
W. Honestly, I don’t care too much for “designer” designers. I find the simpler, classic styles more suited to my tastes. I have a healthy collection of items from J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, Sperry, Clarks, Red Wings, L.L. Bean, Johnston & Murphy, etc. One thing this blog has tuned me in to, though, are those smaller companies making it in big ways that I otherwise would not have known about. I’ve made solid connections with a lot of great brands and designers thanks to just doing what I love.
C40. What’s your definition of style?
W. It’s simple; in my opinion, I think style can be summed up in one word: confidence. I’m not going to be donning any Ed Hardy, flamboyant garb any time soon, but—if you can, and you like it—go for it. It won’t stop me from making fun of you, but—so long as you can take it, and be confident in your (atrocious) choice of gear—do it. Style, to me, is timeless and avoids far-swinging fads; but, that’s me. Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead in anything metallic or that lights up.
C40. What’s your favorite quote and what does it mean to you?
W. “Figure out what makes you happy, and find out a way to make money doing it.” My father told me this when I was young, and I hold to the belief that this is the meaning of life. I don’t regard money as the key to happiness, but—if you are able to do what you want to do day in and day out, and are able to do it for a living—why wouldn’t you?
C40. Name one of your secrets.
W. Ah, getting personal; nice touch. A secret of mine? I sleep with a stuffed animal. It’s not shocking, nor does it tarnish my reputation, but I don’t believe anybody knows about it…until now. But, dammit if that giant plush panda isn’t the best bedmate I’ve had in quite some time. That, and I know every line to the first “The Fast & The Furious” movie, and have a slight man-crush on Paul Walker. I’m pretty sure everyone knows that, though.
C40. What are some of your other passions?
W. I have a four-year-old black lab named KD who is the light of my life. I am also very much a family man—not that I have one of my own, but I would bend over backwards for my folks, my brothers and my sister. I like to travel, I thoroughly love cooking and I have a penchant for some fine beef jerky. Though I’ve been single for a good long while now (not by choice so much), I love the fine art of courting a beautiful lady; nothing’s more exciting than the conclusion of a good first date.
C40. What item of clothing do you wish that more men wore of and why?
W. A year ago, I would have said the bow tie—now, though, it’s much more commonplace. I wish more men would dress appropriately. Beyond black tie, I mean, I would like to see more people ditching the baggy, ill-shaped shirts and pants and opting for a proper fit in all aspects of clothing. We’re trying to run a society, people, and your jam shorts and drop-crotches are severely stunting our growth.
C40. What’s your favorite online store?
C40. What emerging fashion designers are you watching?
W. I’m not so much into designers, as I said. I am continually impressed and excited, though, by what my favorite brands are coming out with.
C40. Who are you currently stalking on Twitter and why?
W. I wouldn’t say I’m so much stalking Rachel Bilson, but if she were to reply to one of my Tweets, I could die happy—though, not sure I know which is her real Twitter account…
Images via Will Price
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