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Friday Challenge - Connection

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Hello all,

Sorry for the late post. The challenge for this round is going to be "connection," that is an article of clothing/accessory that connects with you in some way more than just pure aesthetics. The outlines for this challenge are fairly loose; "connection" can mean anything that resonates with you, a certain memory, a place, person, time in your life, philosophy, etc. It doesn't need to be something super deep, either - we'll leave it relatively wide open, just write a few words of backstory on the item. A full outfit or portrait picture is preferred. I realize a few people may have a smaller accessory that means something to them, but it would be nice to have something more than just a picture of the item.

I don't have much for other peoples' inspirations, but as an example here's an old picture of mine from 2019 wearing an indigo sashiko sport coat from Freemans Sporting Club Japan (RIP) that my wife bought for me while we were in Japan 2016. At the time, sashiko fabric was very rare in the US. A year or two later, I walked into Unionmade SF with it on and one of the guys there stopped me and asked me where I got it. I still really like it to this day, even if I'd style it slightly differently now, and I think about our trip whenever I wear it.

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We'll run the challenge for 2 weeks ending March 25. Looking forward to seeing your entries!
 
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Hello all,

Sorry for the late post. The challenge for this round is going to be "connection," that is an article of clothing/accessory that connects with you in some way more than just pure aesthetics. The outlines for this challenge are fairly loose; "connection" can mean anything that resonates with you, a certain memory, a place, person, time in your life, philosophy, etc. It doesn't need to be something super deep, either - we'll leave it relatively wide open, just write a few words of backstory on the item. A full outfit or portrait picture is preferred. I realize a few people may have a smaller accessory that means something to them, but it would be nice to have something more than just a picture of the item.

I don't have much for other peoples' inspirations, but as an example here's an old picture of mine from 2019 wearing an indigo sashiko sport coat from Freemans Sporting Club Japan (RIP) that my wife bought for me while we were in Japan 2016. At the time, sashiko fabric was very rare in the US. A year or two later, I walked into Unionmade SF with it on and one of the guys there stopped me and asked me where I got it. I still really like it to this day, even if I'd style it slightly differently now, and I think about our trip whenever I wear it.

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We'll run the challenge for 2 weeks ending March 25. Looking forward to seeing your entries!
Very interesting challenge! This is definitely a challenge everyone can "connect" with on some level. Great idea. 💡
 

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Hello all,

Sorry for the late post. The challenge for this round is going to be "connection," that is an article of clothing/accessory that connects with you in some way more than just pure aesthetics. The outlines for this challenge are fairly loose; "connection" can mean anything that resonates with you, a certain memory, a place, person, time in your life, philosophy, etc. It doesn't need to be something super deep, either - we'll leave it relatively wide open, just write a few words of backstory on the item. A full outfit or portrait picture is preferred. I realize a few people may have a smaller accessory that means something to them, but it would be nice to have something more than just a picture of the item.

I don't have much for other peoples' inspirations, but as an example here's an old picture of mine from 2019 wearing an indigo sashiko sport coat from Freemans Sporting Club Japan (RIP) that my wife bought for me while we were in Japan 2016. At the time, sashiko fabric was very rare in the US. A year or two later, I walked into Unionmade SF with it on and one of the guys there stopped me and asked me where I got it. I still really like it to this day, even if I'd style it slightly differently now, and I think about our trip whenever I wear it.

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We'll run the challenge for 2 weeks ending March 25. Looking forward to seeing your entries!
Question: Just one item?
 

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Here is a suggestion: A single item or multiple items that connect you with a person or group, such as a watch handed down by your dad, a pin that ties you to a sports team or other groups (I have a pin that combines a Day of Remembrance poppy with the Arsenal FC shield),
 

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Here is a suggestion: A single item or multiple items that connect you with a person or group, such as a watch handed down by your dad, a pin that ties you to a sports team or other groups (I have a pin that combines a Day of Remembrance poppy with the Arsenal FC shield),

Off topic question, if I may. Are you a transplanted Brit (as am I)? Cant think of any other reason a chap from Chicago would be so heavily invested in the Gunners. ;)
 

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Off topic question, if I may. Are you a transplanted Brit (as am I)? Cant think of any other reason a chap from Chicago would be so heavily invested in the Gunners. ;)

An old colleague of mine got me interested in the Premiership in general and Arsenal in particular, and it’s been a passion of mine ever since.

Arsenal has a massive following in the States. So much so that some Brits think that all US footy fans follow the Gunners.

Here is are photos of me and my fellow Chicago Gooners. We an official supporters group that includes a number of English expats such as yourself; we even have a plaque with our name at the Emirates. Our local is The Globe Pub on Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, and we have great turnouts on match day. After each league victory, we take a group photo in the gangway next to the bar.

My license tag is proof of my obsession. 😉😂 I got my bride into Arsenal, which she might regret for the rest of her life. 😀

Sorry for the long response. Now back to our regularly-scheduled programming.
 

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I like to dress minimalist most of the times. I always loved jeans. I know Lee’s are not very appreciated in the USA these days, but it’s not the case here, as they are considered as the second historical brand after Levi’s. i bought those Lee Riders in Japan. They are part of the Lee Archives collection (Lee’s equivalent to LVC), made in Japan, and a repro of the 1952s model (worn by James Dean in several movies).
They connect me to Japan, and to my son, as I found one for him in Japan when he was still a baby. BTW he is 11 now, and he took the picture.

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LVC 1950s sweatshirt, Lee Riders 1952, Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi

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I like to dress minimalist most of the times. I always loved jeans. I know Lee’s are not very appreciated in the USA these days, but it’s not the case here, as they are considered as the second historical brand after Levi’s. i bought those Lee Riders in Japan. They are part of the Lee Archives collection (Lee’s equivalent to LVC), made in Japan, and a repro of the 1952s model (worn by James Dean in several movies).
They connect me to Japan, and to my son, as I found one for him in Japan when he was still a baby. BTW he is 11 now, and he took the picture.

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That’s so cool man, thank you for sharing! BTW I also admire Lee and wish they had made a bigger splash in the US during the heritage trend of the last decade. I prefer the 101J to the ubiquitous Type III as well.
 

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These cords (and this necklace) belonged to my father. I never really thought of him as a stylish guy before he passed, but exploring his wardrobe afterwards, I found a few items that I found interesting. Particularly... he was taller and bigger than me, so I didn't think much of his clothing would fit, but I wanted to try a higher rise and a more relaxed fit, and... Almost like a miracle, one pair of jeans and one pair of cords fit me just right for the effect I had in mind. These black cords have been really fun for me to play with, super comfortable, and an interesting reminder of my dad.

As a bonus, the overcoat was my Grandpa's. Again, he was taller and larger than me... So it's relaxed and long. Score.

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d4nimal

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These cords (and this necklace) belonged to my father. I never really thought of him as a stylish guy before he passed, but exploring his wardrobe afterwards, I found a few items that I found interesting. Particularly... he was taller and bigger than me, so I didn't think much of his clothing would fit, but I wanted to try a higher rise and a more relaxed fit, and... Almost like a miracle, one pair of jeans and one pair of cords fit me just right for the effect I had in mind. These black cords have been really fun for me to play with, super comfortable, and an interesting reminder of my dad.

As a bonus, the overcoat was my Grandpa's. Again, he was taller and larger than me... So it's relaxed and long. Score.

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I’m really digging both of those on you. Thanks for sharing.
 

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The first set of cufflinks were a gift from beloved late wife who passed away three years ago (I wore them today because yesterday would have been her birthday). The second pair of Elsa Peretti-designed cufflinks are from Tiffany’s and are a gift from my new bride. I wore the third pair, which are part of a black tie set, to my wedding to my bride back in December. Last, but not least, the third set have my initials engraved and are a gift from my dad.



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I like to dress minimalist most of the times. I always loved jeans. I know Lee’s are not very appreciated in the USA these days, but it’s not the case here, as they are considered as the second historical brand after Levi’s. i bought those Lee Riders in Japan. They are part of the Lee Archives collection (Lee’s equivalent to LVC), made in Japan, and a repro of the 1952s model (worn by James Dean in several movies).
They connect me to Japan, and to my son, as I found one for him in Japan when he was still a baby. BTW he is 11 now, and he took the picture.

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love tai chis
 

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