a few years ago there was an article in GQ where the writer discussed how he remembered his father. his fathers clothing, wht he smoked and drank, and a few cherished objects that belonged to his father. he discribed how every time he thought of his father he pictured him dressed in a certain way, and he associated certain objects with him. the writer went on to discribe how he hoped people, and his children in particular, would think of him, in terms of material objects (that is, aside from how they would relate to his charactor and other traits). this had a huge influence on me, mostly because my wife was about to have our first child. my memories of my father (a good man) see him in an engineers shirt (white, short sleeved, 2 pockets) with loaded pockets, chinos and cheap black loafers; smelling of coffee, cigerettes and peanut butter and driving an old van. I thought seriously about the small group of objects that I would want my son to associate with me, the style of dress, the smells. My toddler son is now very aware of my things and my clothes. where I once thought about what women would think when I looked at clothing and objects, now I think about how he will remember them in 30 years (strangly enough). Although I am avoiding the trap of thinking that he will want my things, I do want him to have a certain feeling for my sense of style. my own style is dictated by a few things - my access to different markets, my desire for simplicity, my constraints of providing for a family, an old school style sense. my shoes are all heavy black handmade boxcalf oxfords, my (bespoke) suits are all dark wool, I wear braces and my socks, underwear and everyday (bespoke) shirts are all identical. My (very few) ties are all thick silk in dark blue with a stripe, dot or crest. I use a single creed scent (chosen specifically because I know it will be available for the rest of my life). I am typically never without a cell phone/pda, a handkerchief, a set of worry beads, a simple money clip and card case with one credit card and a fountain pen. anybody want to share how they may be remembered in terms of personal style/objects in their pockets?
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9/30/04 at 10:35am