Your Bespoke Vintage Collection
When I was a young pup I was always in wonderment when a middle aged relative showed me their coat, or leather jacket, or watch or other classic fashion item that was far older than myself, perhaps by several decades that they saved for months and wore regularly “back in the day”. It was an era of long-lasting quality products when the non-rich bought something timeless, fashionable and functional, as the sole and primary item. In other words you had one watch, one pair of sunglasses, one leather coat, one winter coat, one pair of sunglasses unlike today, even if they could afford another one of those items, it was considered not only unnecessary but financial imprudent. Over time these items developed a certain psychological and aesthetic patina mystique making them even more valuable as they aged and are still as fashionable and functional as when they were new.
Nowadays we collect stuff simply to collect stuff. We discard, donate or hide items that are, in our minds, no longer ‘in fashion’ in reality so as to blend in with the fashionably hip crowd whose styles change on a whim. Yet when the fashion industry went to the vintage look, then it seemed more acceptable to haul out your supposedly old stuff which was not faux vintage, rather genuine vintage. The only drawback was that you either had to admit you purchased such a genuinely cool vintage item decades ago thus revealing your age, or lie and claim it was from one of your Old School relatives. Perhaps the [pardon the pun] silver lining is that even decades later, you still can fit comfortably into them. For example I lucked out when my medium-sized wool jacket was a full-cut enabling me to still fit into it despite a weight gain from then to now, but without the ability to layer.
Time goes quickly and before you know it not only have many years passed, but decades. The thick, brown aviator jacket I bought way back when is now classified as vintage. The value of many of these personal vintage items is not monetary rather psychologically irreplaceable because as the saying goes, “They don’t make them like that anymore.” I wear them with a special pride as if it was an adopted family member, a relationship that has passed the test of time.
Additionally there’s a subtle difference between inheriting a vintage item and purchasing a new item and keeping it for years in which it becomes vintage. In the former, it’s a passing of the torch of a family member’s bygone era. In the latter, you yourself are the originator of a fashion legacy that perhaps you pass along to the next generation.
Examining this aspect further in an unscientific way, the key difference between a faux vintage and genuine vintage is the smell. Fashion designers and manufacturers have advanced methods that can almost duplicate the look but can never duplicate the smell, which is an indelible biometric imprint of the person who has worn it. A genuinely vintage item smells as if it’s “been there, done that”, with the customized rough spots and stains of real life wear & tear versus the deliberate pattern of the same on faux vintage garb.
And finally the tactile test. Genuine vintage items have heft and feel heavier, thicker, and more robust with zippers and buttons that you really have apply a real effort to open and close, the mark of earlier generations in a rough & tumble era.
Source by Albert Goldson