Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by hendrix, Jun 7, 2012.
I am... I wonder if the jeans are diors
no, they are the ever-elusive OL '90s wash
I wasn't because I believe I've read he was into Zen? So I thought that having that connection to Japan maybe he followed Japanese fashion or perhaps just picked one up from the rack somewhere and liked it.
However your question prompted me to do a quick google search and it seems that story runs deeper, he even became friends with Miyake.
I have a couple items.
To start, Vans Authentics. I get a new off-white pair every year (normally in spring), beat the hell out of them, wear boots and such during the winter, and then do it all again. And I love my pairs to death—they're fairly wide, accommodating of my insoles (I have bad knees), and look really good when super beat-up IMO. I always have a hard time throwing out a bear that's threadbare, filthy, and smell awful... but then I grow to love my new pair just the same.
Here's a pic at one transition time earlier this year: (the pair on the right had bottoms that were almost completely worn through at the heel and ball).
The other: I normally just wear Hanes boxer briefs. Comfy, inexpensive, etc. But a few months ago I splurged on a pair of Armor Lux boxers and absolutely love them. So comfy, so casual... I bring out the garbage and pick up the mail in them... a splurge I have felt zero regret for. I don't think I would like them as much if I wore similar pairs every day, but I can't afford that anyway. They are my lucky underpants.
(I just put a picture of my crotch on the internet... hi mom)
I got these Bass suede bucks on ebay in June 2010 for $3.99 plus $8.99 shipping. For $13, I have gotten an absolutely ridiculous amount of wear out of these. Over two years later, they are pretty worn but still going strong. They never had any tread on the soles to begin with, so they slip like crazy in any amount of wetness. They are strictly a summer shoe, but in LA, that's most of the year. Over the past two years, I have worn these with jeans, chinos, and even suits (albeit casually). One time, early on, I tried to wear them sockless and they cut up my feet really badly, so I never did that again. But they have broken in so well that they are now among my most comfortable shoes. They're in that perfect range where they are just a little more "dressed up" than sneakers without being too serious -- or serious at all, really.
I don't know if I will replace them with another pair. They are probably too round, too clunky, and too low-quality to follow me past into my "styleforum intermediate" phase. But if and when they fail, they will leave a gap in my wardrobe that will necessitate some kind of replacement. Until that day, I'm pretty content with these. I've certainly gotten my money's worth.
In Portland, July 2010, and downtown LA, June 2012
By now, anyone who reads these forums knows I am a big fan and regular customer of Epaulet. Mike puts out some awesome stuff; crazy plaid pants (of which I have two pair), cozy flannel shirts, and really good Carmina and Alden shoe makeups. But my favorite Epaulet item is totally mundane -- it's this blue OCBD.
The thing is that this particular one just nails it. The fabric is the perfect amount of beefy-ness that you want from an oxford while still being totally soft and comfortable to wear. The collar is perfect in its stance and roll.
I've worn this all over as it's always a go-to shirt to bring on vacations. I've worn it with jeans, I've worn it with a navy blazer, and I've worn it with a suit. I wore it in Costa Rica to go ziplining and it started pouring rain just as we went out. I got absolutely drenched. It got a bunch of dirt and stains on it from the safety gear and whatever else, but most of those have washed out after subsequent wearings.
It's the perfect shirt to wear on a boat:
The collar rolls just how it should:
It looks good on my floor:
and of course, it's the perfect shirt to wear along with plaid pants in a sketchy motel room:
...and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that whenever it finally wears out, I will order another one just like it.
But I suspect that day is pretty far away still.
Wait. There's no sheep in that pic....
I got three things. First of all my Engineered Garments bedford. I bought this sometime around the start of the year and it's been on my back almost every day since, weather permitting. Hikes, camping, drunken encounters with Boulder racoons, metal concerts in strange bars, techno shows in strange basements, nights spent breaking into abandoned greenhouses and running across city roofs, snow, rain, hail, fire, alcohol, planes, buses, trains, a lot of dumpster diving and other weird shit... It's aged awesomely and looks just as good dirty and crumpled up in a corner as it does on a hanger. When it does finally fall to pieces it will be sent out to sea and burned with a tribute of lesser jawnz, so Odin himself may drape it over his shoulders on the cold, inevitable eve of Ragnarök. But before that happens I'll patch the shit out of it and draw silly pictures on the inside pockets.
Some people complained that the bottom flares a bit much but I kind of like it. It makes for an interesting silhouette, plus it can look pretty solid with wider and weirder pants that would make the gods of Brand Synergy smite me down. I bet it'd look awesome with a... wrap skirt (?????) But the color is great, the fabric is great, the construction is great great great great great everything about this jacket is great hopefully my ancestors will fight over it/see it as a sacred relic (????????????)
Fabric detail, color came out weird. One downside is that the thing attracts dust and cat hair like none other.
Number two: Rebuilt By Needles Fatigue Jacket. I'd not entirely sure if I'm "content" or just "surprised it didn't suck." No, I'm content, though I didn't really expect to have it stick around. I don't even wear it that much, but every time I do I'm blown away. The jacket is made from pieces of recycled army pants and assembled randomly. I went to Nepenthes a week ago and saw the same version of the jacket, and though the pattern was the same all the details are different. It's an angrily impractical garment. Both pockets have gaping holes in them, the one pocket that can actually hold anything is sewn into the shoulder, there's danging pieces of rope/drawstring/whatever, buttonholes with no buttons, unexpected pleating and a hundred thousand creases that you think will be pockets but are really just there to mock you and make you look dumb in front of your friends. That said it's a crazy piece with quality quality construction, incredible details and a hundred different shades of olive drab
I'm a very tactile person. I love touching fabric, I think one of the reasons all the Nepenthes/Needles/EG pieces are so interesting to me is the fact that they beg to be touched. The materials are fairly basic but very nice, the details are insane, as someone who is learning to make clothing the construction is inspiring. I don't wear this jacket that much but when I do I am always entertained. Nice clothing is common, at least if you know where to look, but entertaining clothing is a lot harder to find. Maybe entertaining isn't the right word etc etc but it's tactile, it's smart, it's strange.
Shit that sits around in the pockets maybe a drawstring???
Shoulder "I Swear to God Officer That Isn't Mine" Pocket
That thingy along the back is full of buttonholes kinda cool
And boots! Got these off ebay for a pittance and while I know they're paratrooper boots I don't know if they've been in any wars. Would be pretty cool if some guy wore these while jumping out of a plane, but whoever wore them did a great job of breaking them in. They've started to disintegrate and I'm not sure if I want to take care of them or let them completely fall apart. They'd look alright all duct taped up. But they have character, they're entertaining. They're kind of a reminder that I could have hustled and waited and seethed and eventually spent big money on a pair of Guidis or Augustas or whatever (not that I'm not lusting after some Devoas or anything...) and I probably would have been just as satisfied. Used clothes have that quality. I'd like to see more conversation here devoted to used goods, really used goods. It puts stuff in perspective and makes you a lot more satisfied with what you wear, more aware of the processes that made the things you wear, the stories behind what you wear. Kind of like this thread.
EDIT: came out a lot longer than I thought
i'm still made at myself i didn't get one of those needles jackets. just too cool.
also, i apparently don't lead an exciting enough life to have cool stories for this thread
Did you email Nepenthes? I thought I saw a couple smalls/extra smalls there, might have been mistaken.
Also I totally understand what you mean about buying multiple bedfords in different colors/fabrics.
And you don't need to have cool stories. I just do stupid shit. I mean, I think it's interesting enough to hear people talk about a piece in depth, even if its something as simple as an oxford. You can't get that through the WAYWT thread.
Sometimes I think the best pieces are the ones you discover totally by accident. I ordered a pair of geller seconds lounge shorts for 60 bucks from Roden Gray on a whim a few weeks ago. They arrived and looked nothing like the model on me - huge, baggy, kinda drop crotch. Totally not my normal style. I think in another time I would have sent them back or sold them, but they were so fucking soft and stretchy, and 60 bucks is like a rough night at a club... one of those moments where you decide to keep something because you want to even though you think you don't really have much use for what you're buying. I kinda wore them to bum around the house for a couple weeks.
Anyway, I went to a huge music festival this weekend, everyone was wearing basketball shorts (or nothing) anyway, so I said fuck it and put on my comfy shorts. Pretty much haven't taken them off since except for work. Super lightweight and cool, hella soft, huge pockets your phone isn't going to bounce out of, total freedom of movement. Absolutely not my 'style' and never made a conscious decision to make them my style, but somehow now they're a part of that.
I'd get more but I don't really know that I need more than one awesome pair of ninja shorts, I guess I'm pretty content?
Not as cool of a story as the others, but here's mine:
Clarks DB. I’ve had these boots for nearly 4 years. I wore them religiously for the first 3 years or so. I still wear them every now and then. They were the first pair of shoes I bought when I got into men’s wear or business casual I suppose back in the Fall of ‘08 as I was wrapping up my undergraduate career. I’ve worn them on two continents. I’ve worn them with everything from jeans, chinos, shorts, to suits. I’ve worn them to several interviews that would eventually make way to afford shoes of higher quality. They're coming to the end of their life cycle, but I don't want to trash them.
I feel that way about the W+H sweat shorts I bought when they went on sale. I normally don't dress that casually but I wanted to splurge on something super luxurious to bum around the apartment and they are the most amazing, comfortable thing to wear, plus they got a rare thumbs-up from the lady. I tore a little hole in them and my awesome tailor fixed it so they're still going strong, probably the best "wear time to price" ratio of anything in my closet. Also, every time I wear them, I think about Karl Lagerfeld saying “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants" and I laugh.
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