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The Contentedness thread

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

  1. KingJulien

    KingJulien Senior member

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    What?
     
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  2. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Great thread. I was thinking about this last night.

    I get a ton of wear out of the following:


    • Dior MIJ 17.5cm indigo raw denim -- obviously looks better over time, tons of compliments
    • Dior deep burgundy peacoat. Cut very slim (44) and not having wide arms makes all the difference in a more contemporary look. Also, attracts tons of compliments (100% from women)
    • Balenciaga sneakers -- Black white and gray colorway. Lots of interesting materials including patent leather and what looks to be a fibrous gray...thing. I almost balked because they're so different, but I end up rocking them out all the time and it's another thing that I almost always receive comments about
    • Lanvin light burgundy cardigan -- I immediately become Mr. Dapper when wearing this. It's my first real quality cashmere cardigan, and I almost balked at the price but end up wearing it as much as Kurt Cobain wore his cardigans so great investment all around


    Let's not think about the list of things that were complete wastes of money.
     
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  3. lineate

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    You've mischaracterised me slightly, but that's fine, I didn't really give you much to go with.

    Allow me to clarify myself ...

    What I was getting at is that I'm happy with wardrobe because I'm happy with the aestheitc that I've settled in to.

    Ever since I was very young I've had an interest in clothing that has only deepend over the years. And ever since I emerged from my awkward chubby child phase, I started playing with my look. Like most people, this was heavily influenced by my musical tastes. I spent my early teens in a heavily DIY wardrobe inspired by punk/goth/anything loud and abrasive. Late teens, university was more a more chilled out, vaguely indie look, which gave way to a more matured version by the time I finished uni and went into the working world.

    I went through a brief phase where I got hung up on the SZ look - but thankfully I realised that dressing like a cyberpunk LARPer just wasn't for me. And thank fuck I never bought any CCP and could get rid of the little Rick I "invested in" (minus one l/s tee that I still like ... after cropping 6" off the bottom).

    I'm officially in my late 20s now and in the last 2-3 years my style has gone very minimalist. It's the natural end-point of where I've been going. My need to stand out, to define myself, has subsided. I don't listen to bad music anymore. I don't wear bad clothes anymore.

    I still wear a lot of the same things I used to - just better versions. Instead of pointy chelsea boots or bandy lace-ups, I have more subdued boots and handmade derbys. Instead of look-at-me leathers or I-found-this-in-a-dumpster-behind-Atlier coats I have a really simple leather high-neck bomber and a cashmere chesterfield. I swaped black skinnies for black slim-fits. I have 5 or so identical white poplin shirts, some worn-out Oxfords and have my UNIQLO suits nipped-in by my fucking excellent tailor.

    I told a friend the other day that I love COS because they make clothes for people with OCD that can't afford Jil or Raf at the minute.

    That's pretty much where I'm at.

    There are other things I'd rather splash my cash on than a Raf dip-dye sweatshirt. Especially when I can grab one that's honestly just as good at COS. UNIQLO gear is surprisingly well made - felt suiting, cashmere, poplin shirts - and it suits me well.

    I've got a good job, my girl's got a good job. We're getting married in a month. My priorities are changing. My soon to be wife and I want to travel more. We want to buy a flat in London. We want to fill it with beautiful things. I'd rather eat dinner in a 5-star restaruant in my £80 UNIQLO cashmere than buy a Jil jumper (except god-DAMN do I regret not buying the green dino-jumper).

    Does that make me boring? I don't know, maybe. I don't really give a fuck. I've got my look, I love my gear, I'm happy, I'm sticking with it.

    That's contentedness to me.
     
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  4. L.R.

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    I've been looking for a quality slim cut burgundy peacoat for years. Have not yet found that perfect note of material, cut, and price.
     
  5. thewho13

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    Guys, despite the meth-lab scrubbiness of my apartment, I feel like the ultimate musculo-skeletal testosterone machine with my super classy espresso-maker. The rusted metal of the pot, gnarled crusts of mystery food on the stovetop, crushed boxes of cheap 30s littering the floor, and discolored tobacco-stained patina of the drywall combine to create a sense of "Hey look at me—I'm a man with his cares to the wind and so can you, you weak excuse of human flesh." This is the ultimate in bachelorhood.

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    But parodic introduction aside, and on an actually serious note, I figured I'd catalogue a few items I've purchased this past year that have brought me no small joy:

    This jacket is absolutely beautiful—I wish I had a better camera to capture it. The fit is perfect, and a constant reminder that I should never, ever do anything to piss off anyone in the worldwide cabal of Skilled Tailors. Additionally, this scarf (just some random mid-level length of viscose from some random store in the Marais) is the best. The pattern is really nice, but what I love is how it is at once light and breathable while its length allows it to be bunched up for additional warmth. It also reminds me of the days when I thought that I could make wearing a tallit look badass. (I've come a long way.)

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    This next one requires no explanation, yet in any case it deserves a fucking epic in its honor. I couldn't (and in any case wouldn't) go through that process, but I figure that I could give a bit of background on how this fella came into my world. Without going into too much detail, it's kind of unbelievable to me that I even bought this jacket in the first place. This summer I'd begun dating someone really incredible, and after falling for her way, way too quickly (and way too much), I wasn't at all prepared for when things went south. After it was over, I was pretty much a wreck for a solid 3-4 weeks—during that time I convinced myself that buying some stupid fucking object would make me feel better. And since I'd been pining for a black MDR for a while, and since it came up on B&S at a ridiculous price (I still can't believe no one else jumped on it before I did), this jacket entered my sights. Which isn't to say that buying it made everything good and alright and better (DISCLAIMER: ToJ cannot claim to relieve symptoms, or root problems, of depression, loss, grieving, being single, etc.)—but, uh, I'd be lying if I said that throwing such a badass leather over my shoulders didn't make me feel momentarily invincible and cool and not uselessly heartbroken.

    Drew makes incredible jackets, or so I'd always heard. This is some random jock's MDR that went through at least one other user on SF; even though it's not mtm for me, the fit is very forgiving. I'd chalk that up to incredibly impressive materials and styling—it's usually really hard to make something look so good if fit isn't spot on. Which isn't to say that this doesn't fit well (it does), but that there are so many articles of clothing (of both lower- and upper-tier levels of quality) that just do not impress when there's even a minute deviation from "spot-on."

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    Lastly, another two-fer. I've already described my love for the jacket above, but it always makes me smile when I recall that it was originally the pants that I had picked out to go with the jacket that really got me excited. The texture is pretty interesting for your standard cotton pant—they've got just a bit of nep to 'em, which is probably due to how S2A produces the speckled pattern on the fabric. "But they're trousers, so maybe they should be hemmed, right?"—Fuck that. I like how they look as they are; there's something nice and louche (vocab credit to Synth) about the stacks, especially when worn with the right footwear... which brings me to the second part of this fit: CPs. They're comfortable, sturdy, and all around beautiful (and beautifully understated). Many people here have 'em so I won't need to go into detail. Suffice to say they're always the best sneakers in any room that I enter. And though I've nothing against ostentation in another individual's personal style, it's not for me; I like that these guys won't draw too much attention. They look extremely nice without screaming it too loudly, and this jives really well with me.

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    (Just realized the CPs are in pretty much every photo. I suppose I really do like them.) :satisfied:

    Oh, and I love slutty t's now. I've recently gotten into the best shape I've ever been in (goodbye cigarettes; hello hockey and yoga), so I get to wear 'em with great aplomb. :tounge:
     
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  6. brad-t

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    The Toj "Uncontrol Rider" started out as a joke made by the designer of clothing brand Toj, Drew Keith.

    When he refers to my "grail leather", he means this Schorl model I was lusting after:

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    However, it was out of season and impossible to find. I had posted a lot in the official Toj thread, obnoxiously about hypothetical buys, but in the end both Drew and I knew that his typical offerings were perhaps too conservative for me. Back then, anyway – now is another story. In the end, the joke became serious, and we started discussing the options for the jacket.

    We started with this photoshop mock-up made by me:

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    It's fairly remarkable how similar the end result is to this mock-up ...

    The basis of this jacket was the already-existing "Minimalist Double Rider". The alterations I made were:


    And ... well, the ball just sort of started rolling. In the end, Drew purchased a complete anaconda hide for the project. Because of the excess material, he was able to really add it everywhere.

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    And antique Japanese conchos:

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    My style has changed a lot since I first received it ...

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    ... but it's incredible enough to stand on its own, no matter how much I change.

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    It's hard to talk about this jacket without mentioning the incredible level of quality. While my jacket was significantly more expensive due to the custom details, Drew's leather jackets float around $800, which is incredible when you compare it to mid and high-end designer alternatives. When the iPhone 4 came out, people talked about the high density "retina display" ruining their eyes for other, lesser displays. The lamb leather Drew uses is the retina display of leathers.

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    He once remarked that he found a Tom Ford leather jacket that was roughly $10,000 using the same leather. It's soft in the way a nice blanket is soft, giving in to the touch, but it also carries with it the characteristic roughness of an animal's hide. The grain of the flesh is still visible. As the jacket is worn, it stretches and folds, and it becomes better with each day.

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    It's possible that I'll never know how Drew truly feels about this piece. It certainly goes against the vision of his brand, which is all about fairly classic items being re-interpreted with a contemporary sense and high quality materials. He's remarked before about custom jobs that he was not entirely pleased with. However, he also told me that he and his team spent a bit of time admiring this piece before mailing it off to me. Regardless of stylistic preferences, the Uncontrol Rider is an incredible achievement based solely on its materials alone. Plus, it comes with a story worth telling.

    I hope Drew knows just how fondly I feel about the whole endeavour, and I hope he's happy with it too, despite me being a fairly annoying prick through the process – a feeling many Toj customers probably feel in hindsight. He's an incredible man who built a brand out of nothing but a passion for making cool things. Surely, the future is promising for him.

    As for me, I hope to carry this jacket with me for a long time.
     
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  7. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Front page that shit

    oops, gotta go nominate
     
  8. engar

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    Outstanding jacket!
     
  9. lineate

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    Stunning jacket, lovely story. It's easy to see why you love it so much.
     
  10. El Argentino

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    I'm not normally on board w/ a lot of Uncontrol/BradT's style choices, but that jacket is amazing.
     
  11. fishbones

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    After starting to be more interested in Ervell, picking up the pieces I have here on StyleForum have confirmed why I enjoy what he designs and creates.
    My closet has taken such a bare look, since my style has changed so drastically (albeit more minimal!),
    but finally with pieces that are of quality and great fit for me.

    The recent Ervell Knit Baseball Jacket that I purchased will be getting so much mileage this A/W season, and the knits as well.
    Although my interests in style are more-so rooted in the Japanese overall aesthetic, I still enjoy it yet don't really immerse myself as much as I used to.

    I enjoy to keep things simple and personal and I believe that's what I'll continue to do.
     
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  12. L.R.

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    Brad-T, are you from Montreal?
     
  13. brad-t

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    Yes. Did you see me? :eek:
     
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    I can't believe SZers called that 'faux croc'
     
  16. brad-t

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    I found those comments funny, especially since this was fairly well regarded:

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    :eek:

    But Drew was right that I shouldn't have posted it there in the first place. It's irrelevant anyway. Many people have been able to appreciate how great this piece is. And of course, I get to wear it every day. That's good enough!
     
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  17. Synthese

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    I didn't really understand drew's aversion to that. Not only is it your jacket, but it's pretty glam-goth, and iirc your fit was pretty glam-goth also. That's like half of what that forum is. I remember being fairly surprised it didn't get some love over there. Maybe if you had worn ccp horse cock skin 3-legged trousers and boots dipped in boots.
     
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  18. brad-t

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    Yeah, I had posted it there because I thought it might be appreciated a bit. That's the last time I will post any outfit there haha
     
  19. Teger

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    that's because SZ fucking sucks
     
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  20. L.R.

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    I did haha. Small world.
     

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