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Brands - Collector's Mentality?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mensimageconsultant, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    There are favorite brands among this forum, as one would expect. Like maybe a stamp collector would, do you go out of your way to sample from the popular brands? Mall brands don't count.
     
  2. BOF

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    I don't consciously seek out all of the brands (speaking for jeans only as that's where my money typically goes). I just look for things that are different that I haven't tried before, either in fabric or construction. I go for looser fits, so I started with ALD, then a Samurai, Oni... Basic selvage, LHT, super-slubby...

    However, there are brands that I feel like I should have something of. Levi's because they're the classics (have an STF and a pair of the 646 bells, but would like one of the older models like the 1927), and Nudie because they're the first brand that I found of raw denim (perhaps the new Fast Freddy model, which is appealing because of the organic denim and loose fit, though I've still never bought any of their jeans).
     
  3. djs488

    djs488 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I would consider myself somewhat of a collector. I like looking at my closet and seeing a wide variety of brands and styles, maybe just for the sake of variety.

    I find it easier to rationalize that I am creating my own style if I believe I'm picking what I like from many different sources. If just a few brands dominated my wardrobe I think I would feel "dressed" by those brands and not feel any sense of my own style. Ideally, I would prefer to have as many brands populating my wardrobe as possible while maintaining some cohesiveness in terms of a set style.
     
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    Like the others have said, I like variety in my denim too so i'm always looking out for something i've not got already and this extends to non-selvedge fashion brands as well as raw selvedge brands.

    I don't see the point in buying jeans that are very similar (in fabric for example) unless the cut was very different. Different fabric colours and textures is really what gives raw denim its variety as they'll never be as much choice as fashion denim with its countless 'distressed' washes. I'll often buy for the pocket detail though, for example i plan to own a pair of Ande's and FlatHead in future as i love the pocket stitching.
     
  5. MiniW

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    I guess I still do a bit of sampling from time to time, but for the majority I find it simpler to just stick with the brands you know and get the "must have" pieces from them since you know that they suit you well in terms of style, quality, and fit.

    I don't recommend sticking to just a few brands or designers if you are just getting into fashion, but like most things in life, after you do your exploring, you will likely pick what you think is best and stick to it. There's nothing wrong with that IMO.
     
  6. jet

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    Most of my closet consists of 5 brands with a sprinkling of other designer stuffs for icing.
     
  7. stylesmurf

    stylesmurf Well-Known Member

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    I guess I still do a bit of sampling from time to time, but for the majority I find it simpler to just stick with the brands you know and get the "must have" pieces from them since you know that they suit you well in terms of style, quality, and fit.

    I don't recommend sticking to just a few brands or designers if you are just getting into fashion, but like most things in life, after you do your exploring, you will likely pick what you think is best and stick to it. There's nothing wrong with that IMO.


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  8. erbs

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    Most of my closet consists of 5 brands with a sprinkling of other designer stuffs for icing.
    This, except for denim. I buy alot of jeans because I like them, though, and not because I wear them all. If I didn't enjoy "collecting" Japanese denim, I could easily get by with one pair of Samurais or Real McCoys.
     
  9. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Well-Known Member

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    i have a lot of raf simons and mmm collectible pieces that are too ridiculous to wear and that i sell little by little. i suppose the answer is yes
     
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    I don't own any two jeans from the same brand, as all the brands are pretty unique and I want alot of variety.
     
  11. whodini

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    I think when I first started out I bought from all over the place not only to find my aesthetic but also to become familiar with brands outside of reading them on the forum or seeing them at a store; it's definitely one thing to judge an article of clothing from a couple of photos and another giving the piece a few wears to give it a chance to grow or leave in the dust. Also, it's nice to find out for yourself why some people hype brands that might otherwise not be a part of your aesthetic.

    I've got about six brands that I buy religiously while allowing a piece or two from other random designers to fill in specific gaps, ie, signature pieces or pieces meant to be worn heavily without regard.
     
  12. jet

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    ^well said.

    You start out all over the place then focus.
     
  13. thekunk07

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    i didn't know the mr. furley brand had 6 diffusion lines.

    I think when I first started out I bought from all over the place not only to find my aesthetic but also to become familiar with brands outside of reading them on the forum or seeing them at a store; it's definitely one thing to judge an article of clothing from a couple of photos and another giving the piece a few wears to give it a chance to grow or leave in the dust. Also, it's nice to find out for yourself why some people hype brands that might otherwise not be a part of your aesthetic.

    I've got about six brands that I buy religiously while allowing a piece or two from other random designers to fill in specific gaps, ie, signature pieces or pieces meant to be worn heavily without regard.
     
  14. APK

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    I think when I first started out I bought from all over the place not only to find my aesthetic but also to become familiar with brands outside of reading them on the forum or seeing them at a store; it's definitely one thing to judge an article of clothing from a couple of photos and another giving the piece a few wears to give it a chance to grow or leave in the dust. Also, it's nice to find out for yourself why some people hype brands that might otherwise not be a part of your aesthetic.

    This and Mini's response sum it up nicely. I'm still a bit wet behind the ears to a lot of brands, because I've only actually seen clothing from a slim number of them. Dabbling with a broader range of brands early on may be costly, but it'll help expand your palette and help you zone in on your preferred aesthetic.

    Once you go through that process, I think you're more likely to develop a loyal mentality toward certain brands, not necessarily a collector's mentality.
     
  15. whodini

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    ^well said.

    You start out all over the place then focus.

    Exactly. I don't really see it as a total waste of money, either. If you start off by painting yourself into a corner with one or two brands then you're selling yourself short on figuring out what you're happiest with. You can still get into all sorts of brands and if you're careful enough with your buys none of it will appear out of place. Rye is a good example of both cases: he certainly has a mixed closet that he uses to pull out the occasional odd piece or two but he knows what he's comfortable most in and sticks with it.
     
  16. whodini

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    i didn't know the mr. furley brand had 6 diffusion lines.
    Sears, Mervyn's, JC Penney's, Kohl's, Macy's, and Nordstroms: my bread & butter.
     
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    XenoX101 Well-Known Member

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    I certainly treat some of my clothes as collectors items, babying them incessantly. I remember someone on superfuture mentioning he wanted to buy a Thom Browne t-shirt that was on sale just so that he can say he owned a TB piece, tongue in cheek ofcourse, but I think there is some truth to there being a mentality of wanting to own a piece of a great designer, for the sake of owning it, almost as a respect to the designer.
     
  19. botfc

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    I pretty much never sample (unless it's RL or Levis). I actually stick to the same 4-5 brands and have been for a while. To the point where even if I see an item that I like from a brand I don't know/barely know, I don't buy it until I know more about it (and pretty much never end up doing so). I'm really a brand consumer more than a product consumer...sad but true.
     
  20. Casey

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    I like to have stuff from several different brands just to have some variety in my closet. In the end, the majority of the clothes I own are either grey, black, or blue so it's all sort of in my style regardless of whether it's Theory or H&M.

    I could sit around and say that I wear A.P.C., John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, and whatever because I own stuff from all those designers but I buy them just to have some diversity. In the end, nobody ever really knows what brands I'm wearing and nobody ever asks (which is nice, people used to ask all the time and they'd ask how much I paid for my clothes) because they know they will have never heard of some of the stuff I like ("Who is Paul Smith?").

    Now say I had the money to buy whatever clothes I wanted, I probably would not be the kind of sampler that I am now. I'd probably be wearing more A.P.C. and John Varvatos. It seems like some people here just like to dismiss John Varvatos' stuff because it is so mainstream and made in Hong Kong but I like clothes that are wearable and easy to look at and he does that very well.
     

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