Originally Posted by Metlin
Indeed. Even before that, you had guys like AHarris yachtie, Lucky Strike and the like (although this was during my lurker days -- about 4 years ago).
I miss the more serious discussions and even the pedagogical attitude that was prevalent on the forum.
I agree. I'm not exactly certain where that dialogue has gone. The other forums are in poor or worse shape.
I wouldn't be surprised if this all indicates not only diminished interest on behalf of individual posters, but also that our chosen subject itself is perhaps not as inexhaustibly fascinating as it once seemed. A few years ago it was revelatory to find online forums populated with other men interested in seriously geeking out about clothing; battalions of previously isolated and/or closeted dandies had lifetimes of notes to compare. A few years and many millions of dollars later, however, many of us realize we've all now read the same books and all contemptuously peruse all the same blogs; consequently, we're increasingly impatient with each other's endless repackaging of a precious few "primary sources" (e.g Apparel Arts plates) and slavish subscriptions to various cults (e.g. "drape," all things Rubinacci/Ambrosi, etc.). In short, we're all on to each other.
Especially within the highly proscribed circles of sartorial propriety we've drawn around ourselves in MC, there's just not enough aesthetic dialectic to keep the best of us coming back year after year.
Maybe one answer is to tear down the artificial wall between MC and SW&D. Those would be conversations I'd find interesting.