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Central Division

Central Division

By David Coggins & Michael Williams
Central Division is a newsletter and podcast from David Coggins and Michael Williams about travel, men’s clothing, wine, and, yes, golf and fly fishing.
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Episode 020: The Midwesterners
We celebrate a big win for Michael’s beloved Cleveland Browns, salute the Middle West and hometown affiliations. Then we talk about escapism, travel and dreams of Argentina. Subscribe for full episodes at Centraldivision.Substack.com
17:04
January 12, 2021
Episode 019: Origin Stories
This week we think about new years, good beginnings and bad resolutions. Then, what you’ve all been waiting for, the Michael Williams origin story. How a kid from Cleveland showed up in the big town, made his way into the PR game and did it his way. It’s a great story and explains a lot about the man himself. This episode was my idea, Michael was reluctant to do it and doesn’t enjoy this flattery. Just so we’re clear about that.  -David Subscribe at centraldivision.substack.com
13:22
January 6, 2021
Episode 018: Reflecting on the Strangest Year
We talk about the strangest year—what we missed, what we learned, how we changed. How did we handle isolation? Why did we start newsletters? What we’re looking forward to in 2021. Thanks for listening all year.
15:21
January 6, 2021
Episode 017: Endings and Beginnings
It’s the end of the year, and this week we discuss things that are coming to a close and things that about to begin. That means the 21 Club, Brooks Brothers, MW’s clearance sale of his possessions and other Christmas considerations. Have a good holiday! Subscribe at centraldivision.substack.com
14:15
January 6, 2021
Episode 016: Miles Fisher
This week we talk with Miles Fisher. Miles is a talented and unique friend, a hyphenate like no other. He’s an entrepreneur, an actor, a podcast host, a viral video star. Somehow his success in these endeavors—and the fact that he appeared on Mad Men—does not diminish his charm. We’re thrilled to have him on the show to talk about what he’s up to and all of the great menswear that he’s selling off. Subscribe at centraldivision.substack.com
13:12
January 6, 2021
Episode 015: The Giving Season
This week we discuss what we like to give, what we like to receive and what makes a good present. We talk about everything from coveted subscriptions to engraved stationery and a bottle of wine that will always be welcome. Hope you like it! Subscribe at centraldivision.substack.com
14:53
January 6, 2021
Episode 014: Randy Goldberg and the Pop Up Flea
This week, we are visited by our great friend, Randy Goldberg. You know him from Bombas but here we talk about the wonderful journey of the Pop Up Flea, which Randy and Michael founded in 2009. It started with their friends in a small event space in SoHo and ultimately involved some of the best-known brands and traveled worldwide. It’s a look back on retail, menswear, events, New York from the wise men behind A Continuous Goldberg. Subscribe at centraldivision.substack.com
59:20
January 6, 2021
Episode 013: Rules & Regulations
We talk about rules we follow, rules we bend and rules we break. We also consider what guidelines serve us well.
12:27
November 23, 2020
Episode 012: Moving Day
Michael moves house, so we talk about the pleasures and burdens of possessions. Collections, clothing, photographs, books, art, clothes, furniture, antiques—does this list excite you or make you nervous? Probably both. We discuss why we acquire things and how hard it is to let them go.
11:26
November 23, 2020
Episode 011: The Masters
It’s an episode unlike any other. Yes, it’s the Masters. Coggins isn’t a golf fan and he’s obsessed it. Williams is a vanity 6-handicap, so naturally he loves it. The Masters is about tradition and vision, pimento and marketing, and, of course, Verne Lundquist. We talk about our pilgrimages to Augusta National and late-night visits to the Waffle House. This week, it’s all in play.
11:04
November 23, 2020
Episode 010: Aaron Levine
This is Central Division — a collaboration between The Contender and A Continuous Lean, and the subscription provides access to the full archive or both sites. Central Division welcomes our first guest. You know him, you love him, it’s everybody’s favorite, it’s Aaron Levine. He oversees what’s what at Abercrombie & Fitch. We’ve known him for a long time and are happy to talk to him in typical low-key Levine fashion.
14:51
November 2, 2020
Episode 009: Just A Phase
This is Central Division — a collaboration between The Contender and A Continuous Lean, and the subscription provides access to the full archive or both sites. Our weekly conversation at Central Division we discuss the joys (and hangovers) of drinking.
11:34
October 27, 2020
Episode 008: Everyday Drinking
This is Central Division — a collaboration between The Contender and A Continuous Lean, and the subscription provides access to the full archive or both sites. Our weekly conversation at Central Division we discuss the joys (and hangovers) of drinking. 
12:15
October 19, 2020
Episode 007: Consumer Reports Edition
This is Central Division — a collaboration between The Contender and A Continuous Lean, and the subscription provides access to the full archive or both sites. This week, David and Michael discuss what we buy and why. We explore the motivation behind everything from long-term strategies, impulse investments and the dangers of the Barneys warehouse sale.
48:31
October 12, 2020
Episode 006: Urgent Questions Answered
This week David and Michael take listener questions. Topics include, menswear, media, getting dressed for WFH and other related things.  Central Division, a relatively safe space on the internets for Michael Williams and David Coggins. This is where we’ll have a weekly conversation about some of our favorite things. If you know us then you know that means travel, men’s clothing, drinking, and, yes, golf and fly fishing. We also like good Italian wine but have questionable taste in beer. So Central Division is where you’ll find our newsletters and podcast in one place.
10:22
October 5, 2020
This is Central Division
Hey now! Welcome to Central Division, a relatively safe space on the internets for Michael Williams and David Coggins. This is where we’ll have a weekly conversation about some of our favorite things. If you know us then you know that means travel, men’s clothing, drinking, and, yes, golf and fly fishing. We also like good Italian wine but have questionable taste in beer. So Central Division is where you’ll find our newsletters and podcast in one place. It’s a big world out there, but welcome to our small corner of it. We’re glad you’re here. Welcome to the game.
10:18
September 23, 2020