Here's a good look at part of why I love Patagonia as a brand. I realize that the ethos of fixing stuff rather than replacing has a limited reach into the world of men's fashion, but for outdoors gear, it should be the way folks go. The first link is the overview about their Worn Wear idea, and the second is a link to a guide to repairing and maintaining different types of outdoors clothing and gear.
I find it is mostly shirts that are slashed because while they can be valuable, they usually are not that valuable.
Can anyone explain to me the hype behind Patagonia? Is there only certain type I am looking for? Doesn't look that expensive new. I keep passing on it as I don't understand it and don't have a need to wear it myself.
Read above post/links.
Its not overly expensive new (some items can get pricey) but when a major marketing campaign/mission statement behind your company resolves around repairing and reusing your items, people search it out. Especially US made items and ones with bright/vibrant color schemes/patterns.