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The Contentedness thread

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

  1. WBaker

    WBaker Senior Member

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    If you give a mouse a cookie or: how I got over the impulse buy and learn to love the hunt

    This kids first Margiela side zip was back around 08 or 09 from Aloha Rag. Black calf, covered zip, nice medium thickness soles. I opened the white box and like dominoes 101 new outfits fell into place. I felt like id never need another pair of shoes again, id just find and buy these same black side zips till someone, one by one, zipped me up in my coffin. Ive never once gotten a single compliment, comment, or remark on my black side zips and that's why they're perfect. My gut reaction if someone compliments something i'm wearing is that it's because it was sticking out like a sore thumb and they don't feel comfortable enough to say "your new pinky ring forces me to reassess you".

    Everything was simple and satisfyingly naive till I saw this taunting image:
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    The devil comes in mysterious forms, and for me it was a silly zippy shoe. Ive gone on to pick up four or five more each one purchased under the guise of being the last; yet I still want those pony hairs, far left second row, because just one more will be the answer. Right? Right!?!?!
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    Not pictured: First tries and sure things that never fit because Margiela likes to punish assumptions with their sizing.

    Since were on a roll, this pic (maybe a few before it) was a Pandora's Box of contentedness:
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    Credit @thatoneguy (I believe)

    I thought it would be my new cool super scarf, but then I took a fit pic of it on. So it got thrown on a sofa, but his friends looked pretty naked. (Not included 207 YahooJapan searches later.)
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    Fan of this thread, happy to take a stab at it
     
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  2. WBaker

    WBaker Senior Member

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    X-Post to Geller Thread.

    On reflection I feel like this post might better fit the initial intent of this thread. Take two!

    WBaker:
    @kiya major props to self edge LA for treating my favorite Geller stuff better than I ever did.

    I finally wore a hole in the knee of my FW11 Flight Pants after years of wearing them to the airport, or to bed, or to bed at the airport. I knew I wanted to patch them up, but I wanted to do it right, so I start calling around about Tencel and Cupro by the yard. I had no idea what I was doing. Yard minimums meant I might as well make my own flight suit if I gonna patch the pants.

    Then I remembered getting some jeans fixed at Self Edge way back when and how they called to check on a detail during the process and I loved that so goddamn much because I hate picking up stuff from the tailor only to find they made things worse. I can not give a shit about my things all on my own, I dont need a strip mall tailor to help me with that.

    I went and picked these up and no one had to tell me that some lovely person sat for good long while and did them up right. The patch is this great ribbed cotton in this perfect rhombus shape. Props to whoever did this for me. Ill buy you lunch PM me.

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    They also did such detailed work on a Geller x Levi shirt that I wear gardening/cooking so it was in ribbons. They matched the Spanish blue threads that run inside of the button placket. Cool.
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  3. g transistor

    g transistor Distinguished Member

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    I love those flight pants. Best iteration. I wore mine so often and patched them so much that it just stopped working. Finally had to retire them after a couple of years. Sad day.
     


  4. CityHunter

    CityHunter Distinguished Member

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    I have a problem with holding on to "coveted/archived" pieces that I don't wear anymore - and they just fill up my closet, gathering dust. Does anyone else have this problem? How can I be cured?

    So, I have some pieces that may be consider "coveted"...not necessarily by me, in the general sense within the mens' fashion ecosystem. Namely, pieces that are very difficult to find nowadays like Number (N)ine, Cloak, older Undercover and CDG, etc, to staples like a Margiela 5-Zip. My caveman brain makes me feel special by having these items - "no one has this but me!" (obviously untrue...but like, it's at least very rare) and it gives me a sense of elitism that is only recognized/appreciated when I'm by myself, posing in the mirror. I don't wear these "coveted" items, I just enjoy the fact that I own them. I need to get out of this rut. I'm sure some of you have dealt with this...tips? How were you able to separate from your rare items?

    ps. I'm very sentimental
     


  5. Parker

    Parker Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I think you have to just "pull off the Band-Aid". Unless you have lots of space at your house and it doesn't bother you to store clothing, my advice is let it go. Sell, consign, donate, give to a friend. Like probably many others, I've had -- and still have -- fun chasing down "grails" only to wear them once or twice and moving them to the back of the closet for a year or two. At some point, it's just feels like baggage. Sometimes it's nice to have less stuff that you wear more often. 2¢

    p.s. every 6 mo or so I do the Marie Kondo test. try stuff on I haven't worn and see if I still love it. If it's "no", it's out. If it's a "maybe" goes back in until next time I do that.
     


  6. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    Here's the thing, how would you feel letting it go since you can never replace them again? Put yourself in that position and if you can accept you'd be fine then do what Parker suggests.
     


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