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Should have sent them to Gilroy to get some garlic ice cream

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If I wanted to be a modern-day samurai (in a good way), I would be all over Craig Green.

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I've been considering some of the Margiela x Mykita Raw sunglasses, been very lazy about getting my hands on a pair. Does anyone own a pair? As I understand they are "raw" because they are taken out in certain point of the build process and are unpolished/kind of a damaged look



Also the painted Margiela trainers might be my first pair of trainers in a long time. Really want to do some kind of light suit and laceless trainers this summer
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I was talking with the Chair of the Fine Arts Department here, partly because we are friends, but also because I am making a belt for her sterling silver buckle, and she comments on how she likes my jeans. Sensing that she is someone with whom it is safe to nerd out on clothing, I nonchalantly tell her that the denim is from Japan and made of cotton and sugar cane fibers. She replies, "Oh, from that place in San Francisco... Self Edge? Yeah, I've been there..."



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I was talking with the Chair of the Fine Arts Department here, partly because we are friends, but also because I am making a belt for her sterling silver buckle, and she comments on how she likes my jeans. Sensing that she is someone with whom it is safe to nerd out on clothing, I nonchalantly tell her that the denim is from Japan and made of cotton and sugar cane fibers. She replies, "Oh, from that place in San Francisco... Self Edge? Yeah, I've been there..."

She then ripped off her mask and it was Margaret Howell?
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Random Fashion Story
A couple tourists from Australia asked me for directions yesterday. I talked to them for a bit and at some point they told me they were excited to go outlet shopping to get some Ralph Lauren and Nike for their kids. They asked if driving 2 hours to the outlet shops was a good idea. In a cutaway montage, I pictured some sad white hoodie with a pony being sewn in a sweatshop halfway around the world, then some container ship trudging it across the Pacific, then a semi hauling it with a bunch of other schmatta on the CA freeways, then the 747 which just flew 18 hours from Sydney, then these two driving to godknowswhere inland to buy the thing for 29.99 -- just to schlep home again to their kid. I paused a moment and said, "maybe you should consider Napa. I think they have outlet shops up there. And you can try some California wine while you're at it."

From the outside perspective of someone that doesn't live in the Bay Area but has made several trips there over the last six months (just flew in again today), the consumerism of the place is starting to feel uncomfortably crass. My last trip was a few weeks ago and I forgot/was too lazy to launder socks and underwear for the trip, so when I got in I tried to stop by the closest Uniqlo to my hotel to pick some up - which was unfortunately the one at the Great Mall in Milpitas. That place was fucking packed. I didn't see a single parking space anywhere and there were dozens (if not hundreds) of cars circling the mall. I drove off in disgust and settled for some Hanes cheapies at the Target near my hotel. The next weekend I made a trip up to SF to do some shopping in The Castro, Hayes Valley and Downtown and honestly I'm half-convinced that the high-end market in SF is hugely dependent upon tourists with cash to burn (particularly Japanese tourists).
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From the outside perspective of someone that doesn't live in the Bay Area but has made several trips there over the last six months (just flew in again today), the consumerism of the place is starting to feel uncomfortably crass. My last trip was a few weeks ago and I forgot/was too lazy to launder socks and underwear for the trip, so when I got in I tried to stop by the closest Uniqlo to my hotel to pick some up - which was unfortunately the one at the Great Mall in Milpitas. That place was fucking packed. I didn't see a single parking space anywhere and there were dozens (if not hundreds) of cars circling the mall. I drove off in disgust and settled for some Hanes cheapies at the Target near my hotel. The next weekend I made a trip up to SF to do some shopping in The Castro, Hayes Valley and Downtown and honestly I'm half-convinced that the high-end market in SF is hugely dependent upon tourists with cash to burn (particularly Japanese tourists).

 

Was there a time when the Bay Area wasn't about consumerism or do you feel like this is truly a recent development?  I've visited SF multiple times and love the city and the region but didn't grow up there so I don't really have a frame of reference.  I'm interested to hear what you guys who live there think.

 

On the other hand, I tend to feel like being 'Murkin and exercising your 'Murkin Freedumbs is predicated on general consumerism nowadays, so maybe it's not just the Bay Area?  I just got back from a two week vacation in Taiwan and the lifestyle difference between here and there is palpable, so it's been on my mind.

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Was there a time when the Bay Area wasn't about consumerism or do you feel like this is truly a recent development?  I've visited SF multiple times and love the city and the region but didn't grow up there so I don't really have a frame of reference.  I'm interested to hear what you guys who have spent significant time there think.

 

On the other hand, I tend to feel like being 'Murkin and exercising your 'Murkin Freedumbs is predicated on general consumerism nowadays, so maybe it's not just the Bay Area?  I just got back from a two week vacation in Taiwan and the lifestyle difference between here and there is palpable, so it's been on my mind.

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Ugh weird edit error - double post sorry.

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She then ripped off her mask and it was Margaret Howell?
If only!!
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I'm interested in what you mean by Taiwan being different. The culture is probably somewhat less focused on shopping as a communal leisure activity, with food playing that role, but they still have tons of giant malls that don't exactly look empty (and they're pretty awesome, in a Singapore head-spinny kind of way)

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I'm interested in what you mean by Taiwan being different. The culture is probably somewhat less focused on shopping as a communal leisure activity, with food playing that role, but they still have tons of giant malls that don't exactly look empty (and they're pretty awesome, in a Singapore head-spinny kind of way)

 

In the sense that yes, they have some very nice malls but I didn't feel like there was much of a style scene that would be familiar to SF users.  There's one area near the Taipei Main Terminal that had some nice, small boutiques selling stuff like Rick, Demeulemeester, Japanese specialty denim and the like, but I didn't get the sense that it's as prevalent in the way people talk about Tokyo, for example.

 

I do agree that the food seems to be one of the loci of Taiwanese life.  Dozens and dozens of small restaurants selling myriad types of food.  Most of it quite good and superior to the sugary, fatty and processed bullshit we get here in America.

 

I enjoyed my time there and it's a great place, though.  A fantastic place to explore Chinese culture.

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Was there a time when the Bay Area wasn't about consumerism or do you feel like this is truly a recent development?  I've visited SF multiple times and love the city and the region but didn't grow up there so I don't really have a frame of reference.  I'm interested to hear what you guys who live there think.

On the other hand, I tend to feel like being 'Murkin and exercising your 'Murkin Freedumbs is predicated on general consumerism nowadays, so maybe it's not just the Bay Area?  I just got back from a two week vacation in Taiwan and the lifestyle difference between here and there is palpable, so it's been on my mind.

I'd love to hear an opinion from someone who has lived here long term, too. My armchair analysis is that the massive population influx and explosion of the tech sector has a lot to do with it. It definitely feels overpopulated out here, just something as simple as trying to grab a quick bite for lunch feels like much more of an ordeal than it does when I'm back home in Denver (which has also seen a rapid population influx lately and is beginning to get crowded).
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Huh. Have we reached critical mass? Is it time for a Denver meet-up?

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Haven't been on here in a while, which I think is part of why I've more or less reverted to a uniform of black jeans/white tee/black hoodie/white sneakers. Once you get away from the enabling peer group, it's really easy to lose interest in something that's so cash-intensive.

As a side note, the main reason I logged on was because I got a package in the mail from Korea, which prompted me to wonder what the heck ever happened to ToJ, and if I should actually expect to ever receive a jacket in the mail. A+ thread, would not read again.
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