Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year's Resolutions via Archival Clothing

I never make New Year's resolutions. Never. It seems foolish to me. What doesn't seem foolish to me is the "Archival Resolutions" that Archival Clothing publish every year. But then again why would anything AC put out be foolish? They always seem to get everything just right.

1.  Decide that quality matters and pay for it.  In the end, it will save you time and money.

2.  Before you buy, be selective.  Scrutinize items for build quality, fit,  finish, functionality and lasting style.   If an item is not perfect,  catch and release it. 

3. Do more with less.  Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe and wear them until they dissolve. 
4. Shop from yourself and from thrift shops. Repurpose strategic items from the past. 

5. Support apparel companies that manufacture their products in the US*.  Buy products still proudly made in their traditional country of origin. 

6.  Contact manufacturers and let them know what they should offer.  If  you're a woman and you love classic heritage styles, ask them to offer their products in your size. 

7. Find out what products are manufactured in your region.  Visit factories and publish reports. **

8.  Wear wool and linen year round.  Experiment with summer weight woolens, and heavier linens. 

9. Come up with a signature uniform.  Wear it once a week. ***

10. Read historical newspapers and magazines.  Learn about lost brands, fashions, and manufacturing traditions.

*Or the EU. But the country of origin is so important nowadays.

** I promise to do this a lot more in 2013.

*** AMEN!

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