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Random Fashion Thoughts (Part 3: Style farmer strikes back) - our general discussion thread

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I'm no fan of Kondo but, to be fair to her, she's isn't advocating getting rid of stuff for the sake of getting rid of stuff. She is really arguing that we should be more conscious of the stuff we have and consider how it makes us feel. If you really hare happy with your stuff, then that's totally fine. To my mind, the biggest problem with Kondo is exactly this obsession with individual relationships to things, and that she seems to imagine that stuff magically disappears once you get rid of it and it leaves your house. It's a critique of individual lifestyles within consumer capitalism, and doesn't really take into account the wider situation of consumer capitalism. Ultimately, both her approach and the GQ editorial are really both arguing about deckchair arrangement on the Titanic.
 

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RE: GQ

I used to buy the UK version now and then, and like people said, it seemed mostly ads and the fits/stylings were boring and geared towards the twentysomething aspirational male. "Fetch me monocle, I wanna look rich", etc... Also, of late it has been full of US political shit, always with a condescending "those wacky colonials" vibe, if I'd want to read "OMG Trump farted, breaking news!1!" stuff, I'd get a twitter account. Esquire UK suffers from the same, although to a lesser degree.

GAP men press is good since it's just runway pics, but my local book store stopped carrying it. Vogue Hommes is also ok.
 

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yeah but the deck chairs are more efficient this way

charles p pierce has the shrillest writing voice i've tried reading his stuff from various points on the political spectrum not sure who his audience is?
 

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I don't know why, but I read that as the "trillest writing voice".
So I looked the dude up.
And I can believe this guy is pretty Trill IRL.

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I think GQ has been publishing really good editorials in the last couple of years. Their GQ Style thing is consistently excellent, although I feel like some of that has been folded into the broader publication (esp since Will Welch is now the editor). A couple of years ago, or maybe last year, they published Sean Hotchkiss' very raw story about how he dealt with the death of his father, how that manifested into a clothing addiction, and how he's gotten into a more minimalist lifestyle. This recent article is the opposite, and tbh prob more in line with my feelings on the matter (Rachel Tashjian had something in Garage recently that was similar, but on packing, and it basically said "I love stuff").

I think they've been creating really good, honest content. There's always going to be those throwaway posts -- "Ten Pants You Need Right Now" -- but, like, even their rundown of fragrances a week or two ago was pretty good. And the more fleshed out editorials are really, really good.

Someone interviewed Jim Nelson just before he left GQ and he said that he tried to just create editorials he wanted to read. I know that's really cliche, but I think he was being earnest. My interests are a lot more aligned with Welch. I don't know if he's going to be able to get other people aboard with his very fashion forward view of men's clothing, but I do think the editorial process there is honest.
I've never given GQ an honest chance and always figured it was filler for advertising money. Maybe I'll actually check it out, based on that endorsement. I can certainly relate to the article, regardless of what I think the motivation behind it is.

I've always had more stuff than I "need" and it makes me feel good. I absolutely own more things than necessary (especially in clothing, music gear, books) and I have no intention of changing that. The idea of trimming down my belongings fills me with dread tbh.
GQ axed a good chunk of their staff last quarter - most of digital, print editorial too, I believe - so I think you can expect the magazine to go back to pretty pictures and filler.

I told Visa today that I threw out their bill cause it doesn't spark joy.
Spark sad.
 

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@kiya - a man I've known personally now for 13 years, same as he's known Jack Dorsey, has gotten the Four Pins twitter account reinstated: https://www.gq.com/story/when-ur-most-swagless-homie-gets-their-account-back - I guess in no small part because @dieworkwear brought it to light. Nice job, guys.

Now, @kiya - could you please get Jack Dorsey into some leather jackets that better suit his style of dressing in separates? I could see him in some Nine Lives. And even if he decides to stick with that "artisanal" route, maybe get him to try on some CCP - the overlock looks just like a cool, western inspired jacket, and the scarstitch is basically a modern take on a 30s style jacket.
 

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@kiya - a man I've known personally now for 13 years, same as he's known Jack Dorsey, has gotten the Four Pins twitter account reinstated: https://www.gq.com/story/when-ur-most-swagless-homie-gets-their-account-back - I guess in no small part because @dieworkwear brought it to light. Nice job, guys.

Now, @kiya - could you please get Jack Dorsey into some leather jackets that better suit his style of dressing in separates? I could see him in some Nine Lives. And even if he decides to stick with that "artisanal" route, maybe get him to try on some CCP - the overlock looks just like a cool, western inspired jacket, and the scarstitch is basically a modern take on a 30s style jacket.
Jack actually has a few leather jackets but they're all Rick Owens. He wears mostly Rick on days he doesn't go into the office and for days has to spend in the Square or Twitter building he's wearing just random basic non-branded stuff.
 

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Jack actually has a few leather jackets but they're all Rick Owens. He wears mostly Rick on days he doesn't go into the office and for days has to spend in the Square or Twitter building he's wearing just random basic non-branded stuff.
Yeah, but those Rick jackets look sorta weird with his non-Rick stuff. Get him into something that makes more sense as a "normal guy who dresses well" way. Frankly, he probably should have gotten that 3Sixteen Roughout jacket. That could be dressed Rick-ish, but could also look good with regular black jeans and a tee.
 

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View attachment 1104991

Oh, what the heck, man: some Mr Porter brand called Alex Mills made a copy of the Bedford jacket, minus a pocket. Rip stop cotton and everything:

https://lookastic.com/men/green-blazer/shop/alex-mill-slim-fit-ripstop-cotton-blazer-184368
Bro, the Engineered Garments Bedford is interesting, with some great details, but it's hardly an innovative design. And the lapels on that don't even look that bedford. Alex Mills is also carried at Union Made, Stag and Provisions, etc... the designer used to be at Steven Alan, so that there are a lot of workwear references is hardly surprising.
 

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Ermenegildo Zegna runway shows are always pretty stacked but is anyone actually buying that stuff? Prices are on a next level and I never really see it outside of the odd magazine editorial.

Or does Zegna make so much money from the wool and suit game that the runway can be done just for fun?
 

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Nice pr piece masquerading as an article here on a “slow” brand. Looks like someone did a key word search before writing this up.

I also like how purportedly sustainable fashion is being pitched to people who “travel the world.” Pretty sure your first airplane trip sets your carbon footprint for the year, if not longer.

Oh well. Back to enjoying things.

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