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MICHAEL WILLIAMS

MichaelWilliams
  • OCCUPATION

    Founder/Editor, A Continuous Lean; Founding Partner, Paul + Williams

  • HOMETOWN

    Cleveland, Ohio

  • CURRENT RESIDENCE

    Financial District, NYC

Cleveland native Michael Williams founded ACL to serve as a discovery agent for those with an appreciation of quality, style and provenance. Williams also founded and heads up marketing & communications firm Paul + Williams with partner Ali Paul.

What would the title of your auto-biography be?
Michael Williams Has a Cold.

What can’t you travel without and why?
My camera (Fujifilm X100). I’m pretty crazy about taking pictures these days. I’d say that up until 4 years ago I probably took 40 photos in my whole life. In the past four years I’ve probably taken 40,000.

Where is your favorite travel destination?
Without a doubt, Tokyo. Japan is far and away my favorite place to visit. It is such an amazing place on so many levels.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
I’d like to get towed around any city on earth with Ernest Hemingway.

What or who has inspired you recently and why?
The artist Harland Miller. That guy is amazing.