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The Contentedness thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by hendrix, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. RegisDB9

    RegisDB9 Well-Known Member

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    Thought I'd give this thread a try with some stuff that I love that are at arms reach

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    From the first time I posted I noticed that I was probably one of the few that enjoyed this type of sandal. I find what are called "sandals" around here to be open sneakers, but nonetheless these have had the sands of many islands under them and I don't think a vacation would be complete without them.

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    These is pretty much my not selling ever collection of shoes I travel with, I have some other boots and high-tops mostly Maison Martin Margiela, but these are my favorites so far.

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    I imagine if I had to have some odor coming from me, this would be it. Stocked up on a couple Flacons just in case Creed pulls the plug. I've tested the most expensive and the Walgreens brand, but Virgin Island Water was the best for me.

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    I have purged my sunglasses collection down to my absolute favorites and these right here are my flag ship Cutler and Gross 0425. I first saw them on D. Greene in Quantum of Solace, loved them ever since.

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    As far as clothing there are way too many pieces I love, but just from a quick view in the closet, The Margiela Jeans I have beat to shit are my absolute favorite. I don't even know why I got into raw denim, after a few washes these feel like linen. The SS Mohair has some good stories attached to it, I don't really like SS, but this sweater is one of my most comfortable and popular with the ladies :smarmy:. The cream Margiela viscose sweater is by far the best sweater that I have. Pretty much all I like in one piece...simple, clean cut, interesting fabric, doesn't need to be layered. Sometimes I ask myself why I have so much clothing when I'm usually bumming around on a beach with just swim trunks on most of the time anyway.

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    Because I have this 1950's Pre-Cuban Revolution Havan Nights thing romanticized because of my grandfather I love watches timepieces from this era. Right now I am on the verge of purchasing a vintage IWC very much like the one in the pic. A wise man once told me that if I expected to buy this kind of watch as a piece that kept accurate time/wear for everyday use, I was mistaken and would have better results with the $5 watch being sold on the street corner. These watches are conversation pieces, a piece of history. I really liked that and thats how I wear them. Plus I hate the look of oversized watches that are popular today, way too flash for me.


    I could write a lot more with some nicer pics, but thats just not my way
     
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  2. Fairbanks

    Fairbanks Active Member

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    Thanks for getting us back on track Regis. I wish I could rock your casual/luxurious style.


    I have been hoping Synthese would fulfill his duty and add more of the inspiration he promised, but your contribution has given me the strength to carry on.

    PS: When I try to add a thumb or read the thumbs of others, I just get bumped to the top of the page. How do I fix this?
     
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  3. hendrix

    hendrix Well-Known Member

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    We do not want to end up like this (or any number of other posters in that thread):

     
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  4. Dapp

    Dapp Well-Known Member

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    Mother of god...
     
  5. meso

    meso Well-Known Member

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    Time to call Hoarders.
     
  6. El Argentino

    El Argentino Well-Known Member

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  7. kashmir

    kashmir Well-Known Member

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    i see your point. prolly only a dozen from that collection that are absolutely loved or carry emotional attachment. i'd take less item with more attachment rather than the opposite.
     
  8. fireflygrave

    fireflygrave Well-Known Member

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    that shit is fucked, that's so much money right there, and so many of the shoes are the same or barely different. makes me sad, guy could have a much more interesting and spare collection for what he probably invested in all that.
     
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  9. KingJulien

    KingJulien Well-Known Member

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    They only look all the same because you're not interested in MC shoes (neither am I). That said, it's still gross over-consumption.
     
  10. Teger

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    that's true, but lets say you pick up 10 pairs a year for 10 - 15 years. shit builds up. not defending that, but still...
     
  11. kindofyoung

    kindofyoung Well-Known Member

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    if you buy 1 new pair of shoes almost every month you're definitely over-consuming [​IMG]
     
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  12. El Argentino

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    :nodding:
     
  13. KingJulien

    KingJulien Well-Known Member

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    Then again I think a lot of us can relate to buying one thing a month. I'm more of the opinion that if you do accumulate that much crap, sell some of it off and let someone else enjoy it.
     
  14. brad-t

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    one thing, not one multiple of the same thing we already have
     
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  15. kindofyoung

    kindofyoung Well-Known Member

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    yeah this
     
  16. hendrix

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    Pretty much. He should just choose his favourite, say, 30 and that's be more than enough for the rest of his life.
    Even if the shoes were only $200 each, he could have maybe 15 pairs of the nicest bespoke shoes in the world for that money. He would like them more, and he wouldn't get sucked into these stupid purchases just because they're there.



    I'm interested in MC shoes and they look the same to me.


    You've gotta know when to stop though.

    10 pairs a year is a lot.

    Maybe when a rich person first gets into clothes they can pick up 10 pairs a year. After that I can't imagine more than 2-3. And then once you get to 20...really, what more do you need?
     
  17. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial

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    On the way home today, there was a young man walking across the square in front of me who must have had muscular dystrophy or another degenerative disability. He tripped and fell on the cobblestones, and the bags he was carrying were scattered everywhere. Most people ignored it, but a few, myself included, ran about scooping up the plastic before it could blow away. He assured us all that he was fine, and I found myself walking in the same direction that he was. He lives close by; out the gate and down the road a ways, so I introduced myself and asked if I could help him with his bags after checking again if he was alright. He had fallen pretty hard. He said No, that he just felt a bit of a dick, and that he was a little embarrassed by the children's bow-and-arrow that he was carrying - the one that had been scattered across the cobblestones. We chatted on our way down the road until we got to my building, where we said our goodbyes. He had a very firm handshake.

    I had to stop and sit on the stairs on the way up to my apartment, in the dark, and stare out the window. There are moments that, by their nature, take you by surprise, and for some reason I was left feeling as if I'd been punched in the gut. So I sat there, staring at nothing, trying to feel something, anything, for the young man who fell on the cobblestones, for the man who sleeps by the train station at night, and all I could manage was the same numb hollowness that has settled resolutely in the pit of my stomach for the last few years.

    When he hit the ground, he was still for a moment or two. Then, very slowly, he pushed himself off the stones.

    It is never easy to pick yourself up.

    This has no relation to fashion, to denim, or even to consumption, but I felt I had to share the story, and it couldn't really fall under any other aegis in our little streetwear microverse. There are some moments that are so inescapably human, so shocking in the forcefulness with which they remind you of your own mortality, that you either let them run away from you and you try your best to never remember them, or you force yourself to set aside some time for contemplation. I have a wardrobe - a wardrobe I have posted about in this thread, even - worth thousands of dollars; the grand sum of a hobby I enjoy and the product of a good deal of hard work and not a little bit of money. I would have given all of it away if I could only have spared that boy what must have been a moment of absolutely excruciating pain. Without a second thought.

    Since arriving in the UK, I've almost been hit by two buses, read about several murders, and seen someone get run over by a bicyclist. Today, not only did he pick himself up of the cobblestones with an entire square of people staring at him, but he laughed at himself afterwards. I have never been so proud to be human.

    That is worth remembering. That is worth living for. I will never forget that pause - that instant of utter stillness, when I saw someone lying on the ground who might have been moments away from giving up. We have to remember what we're fighting for. We have to remember how fortunate we are. We have to remember how easy it is to change a person's life, whether you're the toothless old lady handing a boy back his children's archery set, or whether you're just the jerk-off American who thinks that sometimes, with a kind word or two, you can save an entire day. Because maybe you can. It's always worth a shot.
     
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  18. djt00

    djt00 Well-Known Member

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    what's the point, really? they look the same and are meant to last like forever. I wouldn't want to own more than about 10 pairs of shoes at the same time.
     
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  19. jeromecd

    jeromecd Well-Known Member

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    Great post synth. Sometimes I think contentedness means not minding even if you had to give it all away.
     
  20. WhoKnewI

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    ^^I've been thinking about this a lot recently. I recently picked up a copy of the burning house and started thinking which of my things I'd want to save if there was in fact a fire (although i probably wouldn't bother if there was an actual fire, but it is an interesting exercise). If most of my possessions burned, I wouldn't miss them. I'd be upset because it took me a while to acquire all of them, but other than that it wouldn't really matter. If it wasn't such a hassle to sell my things, I'd probably get rid of a good 60% of my clothes and keep some shoes/boots, button downs, 2 pairs of jeans, a weeks worth of white v necks, some sweaters and a few winter coats/jakcets.
     

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