I'm reminded of my 'youth' (OK, late teens) when I was beginning to pay attention to clothing beyond flannel shirts & jeans. I was looking at my father's (fairly) impressive, albeit conservative, tie collection - lots of BB, Roots, Georgetown U. Shop, w/ a smattering of Hermes, PS, etc. I noticed a couple of real 'dogs' and asked him how they made their way into his closet, and more importantly, why were they still there? His answer taught me a lesson in love, acceptance and humility that remains with me to this day:
"Those are all of the ties that you kids have given me over the years - I could never bear to part with them".