To Universe, with Love

My first Trench

Posted on October 1, 2016

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What did I wear before I got my trench ? I can’t seem to take it off my back.

It goes with everything ! It feels like a turtle shell. I feel cozy inside it.

Perhaps I should take the 10-must-have-items-for-every-woman articles more seriously. Its in all of them.

Damn you French women ! Damn you for knowing it all and doing it so well. ( it == style ) And thank you for influencing me to try one.

@Everlane, thank you for existing. You make it easier. You save me time because I don’t have to do research on ethics of production before every purchase. But your finishing needs to improve. I always have loose threads on the seams and buttonholes in every garment I own from you.

@Everlane, you have a longer trench in every color but the one I want. Why ? I got the shorter one which is more like a long jacket.

A quick note after 4 months of wear : I really like Everlane’s trenches. They are boxy in fit and very well made for the price. Look on eBay first, to support the recycle economy and to save money. I paid 79$ for mine found new with tags. I am not familiar with trench coats to compare the materials and weight. Perhaps I am not qualified to review it as yet. I do like mine.

But do consider the mid knee length. They are more functional and an easier length to get the proportions right.

I bought a size that can layer on top of a jacket. Its a rain coat after all. I weigh 112lb, am 5.5 and got an Xs.

This is unlined in the body and 100% cotton. Its a more of a summer trench. I have been wearing it with a sweater underneath for early Fall weather.

Californians do hoodies, not trenchs. I wasn’t sure I could pull one off, without looking like a tourist. But this one is cut to not look preppy or Burberry-ish. Its easy to fit into the crowd.

Like always, I think my trench looks better when it doesn’t look new and shiny. It has a off-duty military man sort of appeal that is my style. Utilitarian garments in military fabrics are my favourite kind of clothes.

One color I wear that doesn’t go with khaki green is red. It makes me too colorful.

Margaret Howell is known to make a version of heavy duty waxed cotton mackintosh. She has been making the same one for the last 20 years, while tweaking the design every year. She observes how they age, tries to find the flaws, adds necessary details and improves her work. Thats a designer I admire.

This is my first. But I know it won’t be my last. I wasn’t sure if I will wear one considering everyone around me is in a hoodie all the time. This was my tester and I wanted to spend as little as possible. I want a mid knee length one that can be belted next year after I prove to myself that I am a trench person.

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@Any one out there who owns one / has been wearing a trench for a long time / is French : How long do these things last ? A few years ? It looks like thick cotton but is thinner than canvas. Its structured for now but will it keep its shape over time ? I want to wash it by hand at home and avoid the dry cleaners. And apply bees wax on it for waterproofing. Bad idea ? Suggestions/stories appreciated. 

 

 

 

Finally, the (little) Debate on Street Style

Posted on September 28, 2016

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How to survive Fashion Week by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

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I was really surprised by a certain Vogue article that has offended a herd of fashion bloggers. Its surprising that someone spoke out, loud. There is a lack of critique in the blogging industry. Whatever sells, works. Most bloggers are paid advertisers or affiliate link pedallers. Nobody blinks an eye at this truth. Nobody questions their credibility when they showcase a product. Nobody questions the marketing model. As an outsider, I find it all repelling. I want to be well dressed, love beautiful clothes, admire craftsmanship, look for inspiration and want access to what the designers create. But the middleman politics put me off. Let me recap the little debate that Vogue.com started :

 

” A collection was either all about the ateliers and craftsmen or the creation of streetwear stars and clothes made to stop traffic and paparazzi. It’s a schizophrenic moment, and that just can’t be good. (Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: Please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style.) “

– Sally Singer, Creative Digital Director of Vogue.com

 

” Am I allowed to admit that I did a little fist pump when Sally broached the blogger paradox? There’s not much I can add here beyond how funny it is that we even still call them “bloggers,” as so few of them even do that anymore. Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating . . . It’s all pretty embarrassing—even more so when you consider what else is going on in the world. (Have you registered to vote yet? Don’t forget the debate on Monday!) 

Loving fashion is tremendous, and enthusiasts of all stripes are important to the industry—after all, people buy clothing because of desire, not any real need—but I have to think that soon people will wise up to how particularly gross the whole practice of paid appearances and borrowed outfits looks. Looking for style among a bought-and-paid-for (“blogged out?”) front row is like going to a strip club looking for romance. Sure, it’s all kind of in the same ballpark, but it’s not even close to the real thing. “

– Alessandra Codinha,  Fashion News Editor

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It’s not just sad for the women who preen for the cameras in borrowed clothes, it’s distressing, as well, to watch so many brands participate.

– Nicole Phelps, Director, Vogue Runway

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This illustration by the legendary Jean-Philippe Delhomme summarizes street style for an outsider like me.

 

“There’s a relatively new phenomenon — you can check this on all of those ‘stylish’ blog sites — of men dressing as though it were a blood sport, a competition rather than a celebration. They wear their clothes as though they were weapons, and thus almost never look comfortable in what they’ve got on.”

– G. Bruce Boyer.

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My Take : 

I blog about fashion/style. I wasn’t offended by the Vogue editors. I actually applaud them for bringing it up. When did style go from being a personal celebration of one’s choices to aggressive marketing of clothes/outfits/themselves ?  I am old school. My influencers are the likes of Mr. Bruce Boyer. I admire chic women like Phoebe Philo. I find the street style circus despicable too.

Commercial blogs :

Some bloggers come out and say “I am an influencer. My job is to sell product.” And that is fine. They need to hustle to get the publicity and the sponsorship deals. They are in the businesses of selling product. The onus is on us to choose our influencers. I don’t look for style in a fashion blog. There is a small tribe of style bloggers who give me my fix.

Credibility :

If I see affiliate marketing and sponsored swag, I question their judgement on the products. A stock market analyst who writes an article recommending what to buy, is not allowed to own the same stock because he might recommend the ones that make him profit. A doctor being paid to prescribe a certain drug to his patients by the company is illegal. A food critic is not compensated for a good review from the restaurant. And definitely not on the basis of number of people he sends their way. Affiliate marketing is the exact opposite of this standard. And bloggers routinely don’t write bad reviews because it may affect their future partnership deals with the brands. This sort of behaviour is looked down upon in any other field.

We have a choice.

I don’t read any of the blogs that participate in the street style madness. I read 5 fashion blogs and two dozen style blogs. I look for information, not promotion. We have a choice. The onus is on us to choose well.

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I appreciate these outbursts by editors and bloggers. At the least, it’s moving the conversation forward. So who is right ? I don’t know. I absolutely agree with the Vogue editors but the magazine business is no different is it ? End of the day, I want to be the woman who asks questions. The bloggers seem to lash out for being criticized …. but show me a profession that is free of critique ? I would guess that fashion blogging has the least. 

Thoughts ?

The One that Got Away

Posted on September 25, 2016

anatomyofpurchasesThey say you regret the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. Does that apply to shopping too ? Every time we decide to not buy something that is beautiful, does it join the regret list ? I think not. If I purchased everything that I ever wanted, I would have been bankrupt. These days, I congratulate myself more for not buying from my wish lists. Most of the things I like, I totally forget about the next day. Sometimes, I look back after a week and wonder why I even found a certain item attractive. I return as many items as I buy. Some cravings are too expensive and I get my friend Maanasa to talk me out of them. But …. But there are a few items that haunt me after all these years. My list :

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1. These sandals, Michael Kors

In 2012, Mr. Kors visited Africa.  Animal prints, khaki green, browns, big belts, rucksacks, dip dyes, rope, … snuck into the Spring collection. I personally would not want to wear any of that. It feels like a jungle of prints coming at me with ferocity. But it did feel like a taste of a land far away and wilderness in a continent I have never been to. The khaki tones stayed with me through the years … turned into a strong affinity for army green clothing and brown leather handbags. These black sandals with rugged soles, is what my closet is missing. ( I am aware of how masculine these shoes look.)

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2. Tie The Knot Belt, Louis Vuitton 

This sort of belt would be a nice way to dress up my oversized shirt dresses. Lots of designers made a version at the height of its popularity but I somehow missed the boat. I shunned it as trendy only to fall in love with the design after they were off the market. I currently make the knot with a long belt but its creasing/damaging. Something designed to be folded with the appropriate leather would be nice.

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3. Pinstripe dress, Stella McCartney, Fall 2013

This collection was the start of my adoration for Stella McCartney as a designer. I was vegan back then and her ideology made a big impact. The veganism weaned off but this collection – especially this dress stayed on the back of my mind through the years. I found it on eBay and purchased it in the Spring of 2016.

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4. Lanvin box bag, 2013 Spring.

I am still furious that they sacked Alber Elbaz from Lanvin. He is a darling human being and a brilliant designer. He is more of a technician with genius garment construction skills than an “IT bag” churner. I have been waiting for him to design his take on a shift dress and a shirt dress. Hasn’t happened yet. This black box bag, I haven’t gotten over after all the years. It has the perfect proportions.

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5. Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Embroidered Dress

My mother used to do lot of embroidery during my teenage years. I wore a similar design during those days as a Salwar Kameez that she made for me. I now want to wear it as a shift dress. I know that stitch and could do it myself with my mum’s help. Or get this made in India when it’s time to replace my embroidered Madewell dress. It has a year or two, left in it.

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I believe that if you wait long enough, everything I missed out on will appear on the second hand market. Or it will appear on the runway again and become trendy. Just look at the number of people wearing velvet blazers and floral printed bombers if you dont believe me. If the costumes inspired by Catherine De Medici can take over the runway, so can anything really ….. So I wait. 

 

 If you have a list or an item that you passed over, that still lingers in the back of your head with its allure, please do share ?  If you want to make a blog post with pictures and stories, that would be even better. We could make this a TAG post. 

Dear Clémence Poésy,

Posted on September 24, 2016

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I would like to invite you for a tea. I believe we would have a lot to talk about. I have been told that French women wear simple clothes and always have that one little thing they do with their outfit that sets them apart. You do it well. You have a very ‘personal’ personal style, look like no one else I know and seem to have fun with your clothes. I don’t believe that what you wear is independent of what goes on in your head. Allow me reproduce some philosophy first, summarize clothes later and copy outfits never. 

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On Mother’s influence :

“I used to make fun of my mum for wearing this my entire childhood,” says Poésy, wearing black jeans, a large maroon mens oversized jumper, purple scarf and a black oversized coat.

On Stylists :

She never uses a stylist. Its her own. “I never really thought I needed one because it was so fun to do it on my own,” she says.

On Comfort :

“Comfort. I’m never going to wear something I don’t feel comfortable in. I’d rather be able to have a conversation and be less sexy. I like not to be aggressively seductive. I think seduction comes from a bit of mystery, from poetry. I like something that takes me somewhere else, rather than get in my face.”

On having fun with clothes : 

She also favors spontaneity over perfection, and fears that worst-dressed lists and the possibility of being “trashed” in the media have put an end to the playfulness in red-carpet dressing. “It has killed the freedom and made everyone very aware that they have to be perfect,” she says. “I do feel we have lost something.”

On clothes :

What you choose to wear every day says something about you.”Something about what you want to spend your day doing,” she replies. “How you want to be perceived. I quite like wrapping myself up; clothes can be a shield and armor.”

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‘Chloé was one of the first brands I borrowed clothes from when I was starting out,’ she says. ‘I love Chloé’s sense of freedom. The designs are mysterious, feminine and playful.’

Perfume

‘I never leave the house without wearing perfume,’ she says. ‘I feel it’s somehow a part of me. That I’d be leaving something of myself behind if I didn’t wear it. Scent is a way to put across who you are and who you want to be.’

Paris Vs New York Vs London

“I think in Paris I dare a bit less,” said Poésy. “What I love about New York is that no one cares… you can wear whatever you want. You can be as crazy as you want. So I feel freer there. I tend to wear lots of hats in NY. And I just love people-watching in London. The Brits have a really amazing sense of style.”

On Books :

“If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? by Kurt Vonnegut, which is brilliant. It’s made up of inspiring words said to students graduating from university. Everyone should read it. ”

“I love buying them,” she says. “It’s a disease. I’ve got piles of things to read at home.” To celebrate her 30th birthday, she arranged a sleepover in one of her favorite places: Shakespeare and Company, the English-language bookshop on the banks of the Seine.

On Worn-in:

“I just wear jeans, big motorcycle boots and T-shirts that are way too big for me. I like anything that has lived a little bit, that has traces of life on it. Knitwear that’s a tiny bit too long because you’ve pulled it with your hands, or jeans that are starting to get holes.”

On Style :

I always feel really silly answering that question because I really don’t feel like I have a style. I like it when clothes have a story and I like finding things that move me somehow but I think it’s very important to not make fashion too much of a thing in your life. It’s a tool to show who you are to the world but only if you’re privileged enough to enough be able to worry about it. It can be armour, it can be something you protect yourself from the world with, it can be something that gives you power that makes you feel stronger but it’s important to see the poetry in it and try to tell a story with your clothes. Not to make fashion too much of a thing.

On Uniform : 

Jeans, these jeans [dark gray skinny jeans]. They’re Acne and they last forever. I’ve been wearing them for years now. I even wear them in movies, I’ll sneak them in. They’re faithful, they stay with you for a long time. That and usually flat shoes, boots. Sometimes an oversized men’s sweater or T-shirt if it’s summer, and that’s about it—it’s pretty basic.

On date night dressing :

I tend to wear the same thing on dates [I always wear]—these big things [points to her oversize sweater]. Maybe that’s a French girl secret?!?

On Selfies :

‘Selfies will kill us. I really didn’t want to join, but there was a fake account that people started believing was mine. I only post covers of books, posters for films and sometimes music. I try not to use it as a tool for endless self-promotion. I think it’s going to change our brains, but not for the better. That kind of self-centred thing – how did we go from people inviting us round to show us their holiday albums, and thinking that was the most boring way to spend an evening, to this?’

I especially like her take on selfies. One can’t talk about inconspicuous simple clothing and being chic because anything else is attention grabbing, while splashing the internet with their selfies without being oxymoronic. Sofia Coppola does not. Phoebe Philo does not… What you wear is never independent of how you think which is another reason to not copy someone’s style. Here are my notes on her clothes :

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1. She has her basics in order

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2. Wears the basics unapologetically 

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3. Isn’t afraid to deviate from ‘the Formula’.

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4. Refuse to be predictable 

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5. Don’t obey the rules of red carpet dressing

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Just when I think I have her style down, she surprises me. Unexpected color, details that look impulsive, a peter pan collar, or jeans on red carpet, .. She also seems to do interesting things with her time. Acting and directing short films. She plays the guitar, sings, draws and paints. I saw a watercolor she made and it resonated my own style. The hat, braided hair and oversized coat with masculine shoes. Nicely done Clemence Poesy !

 

On style muses :

I don’t want to copy anyone. Be it Kim K or Jane Birkin. I have seen very few people who have their own unique style. They look like no one else. Its truly personal. It takes some disdain towards the current rules of elegance to make your own. A person’s style is a result of their philosophy, approach to life, views on beauty, time spent thinking about clothes, current contents in the closet, economic situation, lifestyle, style,  ….  No to copying her outfits or buying the exact pieces to pair them together. Admire their uniqueness, understand why they dress the way they do, make some observations about pairings and move on. I want to use my imagination and current contents of my closet. It’s self-defeating to pretend that the style of a celebrity is my own. So why Clemence Poesy ? She does cold weather dressing really well. She is rather playful with her style and I admire her for it.  Inspires me to gather the courage to do my own thing. 

 

 

P.S : The magazines and bloggers have been trying to convince me to buy what she wears to copy her style. Style plagiarism is the basis for the marketing model in the industry. I want to be free of it. This opinion stems out of rules for myself. This is by no means asking anyone else to follow the same. If you dress like your muse, great. Let’s do whatever makes us happy.

Fall, Wardrobe, Cleaning

Posted on September 17, 2016

 

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For someone who lives in a small space, gets annoyed when there is too much stuff around and owns more than needed, a seasonal check point really helps. I know that spring-clean-outs are the standard. I definitely need 4 check points a year. No, I don’t have a trash bag full of things to donate/sell. This is not an excuse to frivolously get rid of old things and buy new ones. But it’s more of an hour of chores to make the old ones stay golden. 

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Make Time

30 minutes. I clock it. This can be a dull tiring task. I ask Harsha to sit with me. It gives him the opportunity to tease me about fashion/say funny things about my clothes/mock my shoes. Makes it less chore-like for me.

Deep Clean

Take everything out. Dust and wipe the shelves. Remove traces of the neighbour’s cat.

Be Decisive

The soles on my Porselli flats are worn out but they look so pretty. Holding on to the bad while hoarding the good is not necessary. The goal is to not to ‘get rid of things’ but to be realistic.

Clean Out

A blue chambray shirt, brown Frye flats and Porselli ballet flats. All worn out. I dropped them off at a thrift shop hoping that they will know how to recycle/dispose the materials.

Sell

Oscar De La Renta little black dress – sold ! Its looking a tad too ‘girly’ with my recent weight gain.

Store

Cotton dresses and oversized linen shirts that are hard to layer – get a break. Ballet flats – they need a break.

Bring out

Long sleeve t-shrits that can be layered. Loafers. Tights. Leather jackets. Scarves.

Maintain

Condition the leather goods. De-pill the knitwear. Look for loose buttons and repair needs.

Organize

I could color code but all my clothes are of almost the same color. I sort by type – denim, long sleeve t-shirts, shirts, jackets and sweaters. The accessories draw ( belts and scarves ) is usually is my most messiest.

Wish list

I need a suede cleaner asap. A navy blue sweater dress would also be nice. Santa, are you listening ? This cooking apron has been on my list, but not now. I have been buying a shoe tree every season. I need 3 more. Wooden hangers are also on my list of upgrades but I haven’t gotten around to it. They distribute weight better which is good for preserving the shape and is easier on the seams.

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When I read such posts, I used to think “these bloggers have nothing else to do all day but to reorganize/declutter/condition things”. But my perspective on maintenance tasks and quality control has changed. Definitely time I can make once every 3 months. I want my beautiful pieces to last a long long time and wear well. I used to dread doing such chores when I was younger. As of today, it’s still not my favourite. I rather be outdoors or napping or working. But I do it. The beautiful fabrics in it, made all the difference. Perhaps blogging helped ? Also, I have the numbers under control. It doesn’t feel like an overhaul switching things out. A dozen things go into storage and a dozen things come out to hang. So much more manageable. Bring on the Fall ! 

 

The Perfect Leather Jacket

Posted on September 10, 2016

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Perfect leather jackets do not exist in stores. Not even in Acne and Balenciaga. It doesn’t work like that. This phrase has been invented by internet pundits to make you buy the ones they affiliate linked. You need to find one that you like and fits right, and then hope that it becomes perfect over time. I would go ahead and say, “new jackets look ugly and pretentious”. The more worn in, the more they mould to your body, the more familiar they get, the more beating they take, the more perfect they get. When you have figured out how to wear them with silks and t shirts alike, you have found it. Some don’t and get abandoned. Some age and become heirloom pieces.

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The design constraints

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When we first started dating, my husband told me he wanted a jacket with epaulets since he was a child. He had seen something in a war documentary and it stayed with him. He rejected so many good ones till he found the one that he remembered from his childhood. It took us 4 years. Most of his garments have a certain nostalgia attached to them. I call this the art of being picky. Else you are buying everything that is almost there but catches your fancy. And these are the pieces that get abandoned when a more perfect version comes along. Being picky is for folks who have grown into their personal style. This coupled with quality control tamed my acquisition habits. A leather jacket stays with you for decades. Its important for me to get it right. Else, I would have broken into one after years of wear only to abandon it for whatever reason.

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No one forgets their first real leather jacket. I am lucky to have mine become perfect over the last three years of wear. It validated all of my illusions – the idea of badass, the toughness, the warmth, the comfort, the style, a piece of biker culture that I am a part of, a garment that earns me motorcycle waves when on the street, a garment that pairs well with everything, …. My black leather jacket is from Zara’s premium line. It was purchased during my days when my education of quality was lacking. Its aging fast but I am glad that it has lot more years left in it. While I am supposed to hate fast fashion stores, I love my jacket.

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Then, there is the eBay.

I ordered this vintage burgundy leather jacket from an eBay seller who offers returns. When I requested a return, he offered to refund half the money if I kept it. I was more impulsive back in the day and this sort of thing worked on me. I regretted it for a few years and then grew into it. Color jackets are a little tricky. It doesn’t get as much wear as the black one but its alright … I try to wear it as much as I can, during the gray days. The quality of this is impeccable and I expect it to last forever. The black one is a more fitted one. This one is huge and layers well over sweaters. A few years from now, I plan to get it dyed black.

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How to wear one.

Not outfits ! We don’t need lessons on how to wear our favourite garments. Least of all, leather jackets. You throw one on and it pairs with everything ! (Applies to trench coats too). Its appropriate for playing with the dogs or for going to a speakeasy in downtown SF with your friends. For bike rides and for some warmth in the lab. But the attitude and the posture has to be learnt. Caroline De Margaret does it well. Claire Marshall does it well.

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Shopping Guide ?

Instead of me linking a few that I like, how about we all make up our mind on the design constraints ? Do you like that tiny pocket in the front ? How much drape do you want ? How much silver hardware can you jacket take before it becomes tacky ? How much of the original Scotts perfecto’s detail should yours keep ? Do you like futuristic looking plain jackets ? …. My formulae involves take a few years of hunting to find one. And then wear it forever ? I don’t like anything I currently see in the market. Sad but true.

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Age Appropriate ?

I keep getting told that there is an expiration to how long I can wear my jackets. I am a 30 year old and happy about it. Whenever I hear 21 year olds freaking out about turning 22, I want to slap them. Its going to be wonderful. More knowledge, more experiences, more stories, more money, more independence, more wisdom, more style, more opinions, more attitude, more confidence, ….. comes with age. I think there is a leather jacket for everyone without an age cut-off. I plan to wear my jackets until I look like a prune. And maybe after, paired with Valentino Rockstuds and Yohji Yamamoto’s trousers.

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Modern Heirlooms ?

My mother gave me her pearls. I don’t know what to do with them. But her book of recipes, a treasure indeed ! My fathers Ray Ban aviators from the 80s, yes ! My grandpas shawl, yes ! Greatgrandma’s books, yes please. I wish someone gave me a leather jacket from the 70s and told me all the stories from the days it was worn. I plan to save mine and shove them down the backs of my nieces and future daughters.

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A love letter

I see so many jackets in the market and cant seem to admire them beyond their quality. I got mine sorted and needn’t look. The Rick Owens is drapey. The Balenciaga ones are too strong in the collar-lapel department. The Celine ones are rather masculine. The Acne ones have all those silver buttons and silly buckles along with a silly little pocket in the front. … Being as picky as I am, I am glad to have found mine. Wine, leather and my husband – do get better with age.

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P.s : I used the term ‘you’ through out this post as a figure of speech. We all have our own idea of perfect garment. If you wear a leather jacket, do share your tales of what makes it perfect. Is it a certain detail ? A certain design ? Its history ? A familiarity ?Certain leather ? Certain memory ? Certain designer ? I would love to have a conversation.


Part 4 : Notes of Quality : Leather Jacket Edition. ( coming up next spring )

Part 5 : Reader Leather Stores ( coming up, when I gather enough comments )

Vintage Leather Jacket – a Pictoral History

Posted on September 4, 2016

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The leather jacket has some very interesting rumours about its origin. The most scandalous one being that it was first designed for the German military during the world war. Before the version we know now came into being, they wore long leather coats made out of tougher leathers like horse hide that could withstand extreme weather conditions. It is believed that the shorter silhouette came into being out of practicality reasons for the aviation industry during war time. Once the war ended, the bikers picked it up. The moto jacket silhouette that is popular today came out of a collaboration in 1928, between Irving Scott and Beck Industry, a distributor for Harley Davidson bikes. He introduced the first jacket with a zipper and named his version ‘The Perfecto’. Many many knockoffs of this design exist today. The fashion designers have been re-designing it for decades but today’s motto jacket still resembles the original after a century. That is an ode to great design. ( Honorable mention to Rick Owens for an original design that doesn’t resemble anything I have seen from the past. )

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Some iterations through the decades

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This is a tiny subset of the versions that existed over the century. Each designer made a few over the years and many iterations of each version was designed based on utility. Car coats, bomber jackets, riding jackets, perfecto with half belt, painted jackets, padded jackets, puffer jackets, … Each industry and country had a few variations. The years of war had its influence. The jazz age in America had its influence. The moto and punk subcultures had their influence … Since the 60s, its evolution has been c/o fashion designers. Monsieur Laurent made a few. Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, … Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Balenciaga, Balmain, Acne, Rick Owens, …. everyone makes a version of it. The dedicated companies that design for bikers, continue to evolve the design. I am researching post 60s evolution and perhaps in a few years, I can make a post on it. If you want a detailed pre-50s history, do check out : The Vintage Jacket. (All the pictures were stolen from this book.) You can stare at jackets for days.

 


Part 3 – My Perfect Leather Jacket ( coming up )