Originally Posted by timpoblete
Talked with Angelo back in 2008 about the Field Parka that was 85% Wool / 15% Nylon:
The material for the Field Parka is 85%wool 15%nylon and the nylon is put in for strength. Also the weave is not really tight but that is the beauty of it. If you want it to maintain it the way it is, I would just recommend to be careful with it but I wouldn’t. The beauty of all garments is to live in it, to let it be part of your life. If something is held to be precious you will it always be conscious of it and for me, nothing is really worth that. Please do not quote me on this, I am going to sound like a fool but I am just being honest in all reality.
By the way, I've still got that FW08 field parka in use (pic below). It's a loose weave, so I was originally concerned with it pilling, but it's has held up for 7 years.
This. Happened to a few of my garment as well. One jacket, precisely because the weave is fairly loose, developed a hole. I tried to fix it with fabric glue, which was... a poor idea, but I may patch it with some other, tonal cloth, soon. It's ironic that we celebrate all of these patchwork fabrics, but so many are unable to embrace the ethos that gave rise to these garments at the same time. Re. perfect clothes that last forever:
1) Such things do not exist.
2) If you want the closest thng to it, get real technical gear. I have a pair of poly hiking pants that have been worn, hard, as hiking pants, then as lounge pants, for over a decade. The seams have broken and the material has ripped only where there was a long of stress, and they were easily home repaired. The weave is extremely tight, abrasion resistance, tear resistance, and the material itself is very lightweight, about 200-250 gsm. If you want stuff that looks rather cool and modern, outfits like Outlier and Mission workshop, and Nanamica, make such things. People are the technical millls work very hard to make excellent technical fabrics. If you really care about made in New York, go with Outlier. I think that Missions Workshop has things cut and sewn in San Francisco, and Nanamica things are typically made in Japan.
If you like the ethos of Engineered Garments, embrace the ethos. Wear it. When it gets worn out, patch it. At some point, it will be both awesome and unwearable, and be definitely "your" garment. Is it going to have resale value? No. Well, maybe in 50 years when it could be picked up by a designer for their inspiration board. Certainly, it will be more interesting than most second hand clothing, unless it's a rare piece from an iconic designer, in mint condition, like a vintage YSL gown. That's unlikely to be anything you (or I) have.