Styleforum - What should a young man buy that will last him a lifetime?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stilig, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    With respect, the umbrella may last 30-40 years but the thread holding it together may dry rot long before then. I would agree on 10-15 years at best.
     
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  2. Gdot

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    Few articles of clothing will truly last a lifetime of regular wear. However, some things are quite durable. In addition to a watch as mentioned above a few good pair of classic simple cufflinks will always serve well. As will a quality money clip. Sterling silver belt buckles can serve for a long time.

    Shoes are another long lived item. I have a pair of rubber soled suede loafers that close to thirty years old and still kicking. Over the years I've downgraded them from lunches at the country club with the parents to casual weekend shoes that can go from running errands to wading in a creek and still keep on going.

    Anything in wool will be durable - although if worn frequently or stored improperfly will eventually give way to either wear or moths. I still have the jacket to the suit my father wore when he and my mother married. It's gone in and out of style over the years but for a 60 year old garment is still in great shape. Alas the moths took the trousers out of comission decades ago.

    Nothing lasts forever but my general rule of thumb is - the costly the investment any item is the better off you are to buy the item in a simple, classic form. Save the 'self expression' and fashio
     


  3. dddrees

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    Every man deserves at least one good watch and I don't mean a quartz.


    If taken care of a good watch can last a lifetime fairly easily..
     
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  4. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    ...couldn't understand the title...didn't read the post.
     
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  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Meh. Personally I just never wear a watch. Nor do I understand the desire to pay thousands for something that doesn't function as well as a quartz watch. But it that's what you want, by all means. Personally if I were going to spend a few thousand I'd rather get a really nice briefcase and then have money left over for a nice pair of shoes or two.
     


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    I'm not starting a fight, but my oldest SAB is at least 40 years old and still going strong with no loose threads.
     


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    and just what character will this be developing?
     


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    This is an argument I hear all the time, but sometimes things are better because they aren't prefect..It's about the craftsmanship and the esthetic. Why buy a sports car when there are much more fuel efficient methods of transport? Whenever someone questions my watch and why I paid so much for it I simply let them look at it closely. A see-though case back tells the whole story.
     


  11. dddrees

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    Well said.
     


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    A duffel bag by kakadu traders out of Australia.

    if you like denim, that is :)

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  13. D M B

    D M B Well-Known Member

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    How about a well made pocket knife. I don't mean some tactical folding knife with a pocket clip. I'm talking a small, classy gentleman's pen knife. Years later you can give it to a grandson.
     


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    In the early 70s I gave my father a Datejust. He wore it for the rest of his life. I had it re-worked and gave it to my son for high school graduation. Although he is deeply bonded to his iPhone, he is seldom without his Rolex. Feels a little like “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” I guess i will have to get one.

    My son also wears a pea coat. I wore it when I was younger and my father before that. It was given to him by the U S Navy in WWII.
     


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