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    Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 11:08am
In my ill-begotten former days Providence has smiled upon me on occasions more numerous than I could ever hope to deserve. One of those moments included stumbling upon (what looked to be) an unworn MF 189md Liberty CPO, and it was Even in my size. Surely Providence was guiding my steps that day.

I brought it home and examined it for what must have been an hour, studying its form, wondering at its marvelous curiosities; The rainbow thread in the arm pit, the feel of the hairy Okinawa denim, the curved lines of the yoke. I thought surely I would wear this shirt for the rest of my life. 

And yet, time after time I do not reach for it in the morning, often going for my Appaloosa instead. It is a conundrum I think about often, why this “grail” item that I pined for endlessly does not get the attention it so obviously deserves. Perhaps I just haven’t broken it in, perhaps I find the sugar cane fabric to rough, or maybe the fit just isn’t quite right. Nevertheless, it hangs there, devoid of the use it created for. 

I take great joy in how well-made objects serve me and make my life more enjoyable than it has to be, and I imagine that you do too. After all, there are few simple pleasures more enjoyable than a good pair of jeans. I wish that I had more of an attachment to this shirt than I do, and realized last night that perhaps one of you will. 

I couldn’t imagine selling this, sacrificing it to the highest bidder in a mad online dash. I also realized that I would surely betray the very Providence that led me to this if I thrust it out into the world merely to fill my own coffers. Perhaps it wasn’t for me to find, but simply for me to pass on to someone that longs for such a magnificent piece of clothing but does not have the necessary means for a necessary means to acquire it in our grossly iniquitous economic state. 

Therefore I wanted to offer my size medium Liberty CPO to you, my denim brotherhood. As stated above, I will not accept any amount of cash for this, but rather I wonder if you have some special item yourself that isn’t getting the use it deserves. Maybe you have another great article of clothing that doesn’t get attention? Maybe it’s a nice watch, and it turns out you’re not a watch person? Perhaps you have some crazy old books just sitting on your bookshelf, or a bottle of liquor of a particular vintage, or some other accoutrement that could use a new home. I don’t know what valuable or sentimental items lie in your possession, bereft of use and longing for a new home.

DM me, if nothing else we can have a nice conversation and swap recipes for the best French Onion Soup or whatever. 





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Although I am not interesting in acquiring that shirt, which is still interesting nonetheless, I think I understand your feelings. I have acquired over the years a fair collection of Filson garments. Shirts, vests, jackets, shorts and pants. I do wear some of them frequently, at least in season. But others I seem to regard as being too good to wear. Same with the half-dozen or so Pendleton wool shirts that I have. The reality, though, is not so strange. I just have a lot of clothes. And they all "spark joy." Well, most of them anyway.
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Originally posted by BlueTrain BlueTrain wrote:

Although I am not interesting in acquiring that shirt, which is still interesting nonetheless, I think I understand your feelings. I have acquired over the years a fair collection of Filson garments. Shirts, vests, jackets, shorts and pants. I do wear some of them frequently, at least in season. But others I seem to regard as being too good to wear. Same with the half-dozen or so Pendleton wool shirts that I have. The reality, though, is not so strange. I just have a lot of clothes. And they all "spark joy." Well, most of them anyway.

Yeah I think that’s similar to how I feel, BlueTrain. I don’t own a lot of clothes, a pretty “curated” collection or whatever, so I want to get the most use and enjoyment out of what I own. I thought maybe someone would love this shirt more than I do, and that’s when I came up with this. 
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I relate to this a lot as well, I've bought many different jeans, shirts, jackets, etc. over the years that I've ended up feeling this exact way about.
At the time I thought they were grail items and was very excited to get them in my hands. Low and behold they end up not really doing it for me in one way or another. I've found that usually the biggest culprit is fit. If it doesn't feel right I just won't wear it. 
Or if it feels like I'm making some big statement wearing something then I probably just won't, I don't like to draw too much attention to myself.

Lately I've been parting with more stuff, mostly jeans that I'm not into much anymore or Iron Heart flannels that are far too hot for me to wear regularly. 
I just sold a Mister Freedom Veste Belleville (for not very much $) that I thought was going to be an amazing jacket and I probably only wore it 5 to 10 times as the fit was just not right.
I'm planning on going through the closet again and seeing what I should get rid of, maybe something will end up in this thread.

So looking back at all this stuff that I seemingly blew money on, it's made me realize that I should be a little more selective in the things I buy. I like simple, classic, well made stuff (that's why Roy, Ooe Yofukuten and Warehouse seem to hit the nail on the head for me over and over again) so I don't need to try some new unique thing out every time I think it strikes my fancy. 
Because more likely than not I just won't wear it enough.
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Fit is always critical, especially with boots and shoes. Overall, however, one solution is to buy second-hand things that are already broken in.
 
One incident comes to mind with things I've wanted for a long time and finally acquired. I had long wanted a pair of "packer boots," which can be described as lace-up cowboy boots. Pointed toe and high heel. Well, I finally got a pair and they were in my size and in fairly good shape, although I had the heels resoled. It turned out that they were just about the most uncomfortable pair of boots I'd ever worn and I'm in my 70s now, meaning I've gone through a lot of boots.
 
Serves me right!
 
I might add here that a significant change in one's life can result is quite a difference in what one wears everyday. After having an office job for most of my working life, I retired a couple of years ago. Suddenly I no longer wore "dress clothes," except for fairly rare occasions. Which is a Good Thing.
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Originally posted by Broark Broark wrote:

I relate to this a lot as well, I've bought many different jeans, shirts, jackets, etc. over the years that I've ended up feeling this exact way about.
At the time I thought they were grail items and was very excited to get them in my hands. Low and behold they end up not really doing it for me in one way or another. I've found that usually the biggest culprit is fit. If it doesn't feel right I just won't wear it. 
Or if it feels like I'm making some big statement wearing something then I probably just won't, I don't like to draw too much attention to myself.

Lately I've been parting with more stuff, mostly jeans that I'm not into much anymore or Iron Heart flannels that are far too hot for me to wear regularly. 
I just sold a Mister Freedom Veste Belleville (for not very much $) that I thought was going to be an amazing jacket and I probably only wore it 5 to 10 times as the fit was just not right.
I'm planning on going through the closet again and seeing what I should get rid of, maybe something will end up in this thread.

So looking back at all this stuff that I seemingly blew money on, it's made me realize that I should be a little more selective in the things I buy. I like simple, classic, well made stuff (that's why Roy, Ooe Yofukuten and Warehouse seem to hit the nail on the head for me over and over again) so I don't need to try some new unique thing out every time I think it strikes my fancy. 
Because more likely than not I just won't wear it enough.

Yeah I think I’ve been through something similar as I begin to trust fewer and fewer brands without the ability to try them on. I really tend to stick to MF, Freewheelers, Tokyo brands, Stevenson, Arpenteur, etc... 

I’ve blown more money than I care to admit on things that I tried to make work, but the fit just didn’t do it for me. I have short arms, broad shoulder, a thick neck and a long torso, so things are hard to come by for me. 
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Originally posted by BlueTrain BlueTrain wrote:


I might add here that a significant change in one's life can result is quite a difference in what one wears everyday. After having an office job for most of my working life, I retired a couple of years ago. Suddenly I no longer wore "dress clothes," except for fairly rare occasions. Which is a Good Thing.

I find something similar happening, just in reverse. I’m only in my late 30’s but find that my taste in clothes is changing to the more mature (far less t-shirts, more knitwear, less sneakers). Also, I work in coffee so most of my workwear is workwear that is okay getting stained and torn and whatnot, But I like dressing up more than I ever thought I would. Aging is weird. 
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Defently not insane, its more sane. Hoarding "grail" gear is insane. 
I'm guilty for that too, its almost more fun to track an item down, than to have it. Specialy when the fit is not for you. I need to go thru my closet.
Your doing the right thing.
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Originally posted by smoothsailor smoothsailor wrote:

Defently not insane, its more sane. Hoarding "grail" gear is insane. 
I'm guilty for that too, its almost more fun to track an item down, than to have it. Specialy when the fit is not for you. I need to go thru my closet.
Your doing the right thing.

Yeah I think you’re right. eBay has severely tampered the thrill of the hunt, but the times I find stuff out in the wild makes the time worth it. 

Maybe I should change the title of this thread to “Are we Insane? (The grail trade thread)”? LOL
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