Theory and practice of hip garments

July 10, 2020 — January 12, 2024

making things
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I have broken this out into various themes, trousers, low impact fashion, gym wear, footwear and probably more by now. Particulate masks?? Hygienic masks?? The remainders are here.

1 Theory of fashion

Models of fashions (as opposed to fashion models):

  1. Red queen signalling
  2. Neutral mutation (Ormerod and Bentley 2010)
  3. Network diffusion

These can probably be considered as innovation diffusion models.

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2 Political economy of fashion

Rachel Huber wonders about blockchainized surveillance for brand fashion and its impact on the concept of ownership.

3 Sustainable

Upcycling tips?

4 Batik

The good, affordable stuff comes from Indonesia, but the trick is that Indonesia is a relatively closed economy. See Indonesian e-commerce for some tips about re-shipping. Solving actual payment with Indonesian vendors is hard; the best trick to have a friend there.

Jadi Batek is a Malaysian supplier with pretty sweet designs although suspect cuts.

5 Australian indigenous

I am interested in collared shirts with australian designs where the money goes to the artist in a fair way.

6 Bolo ties

My current hero is GTiesByRebelCaller. I have many of his creations.

Even more handmade, but not quite my aesthetic, local Bolo ties by Betty Musgrove.

Figure 3: A true work of art, the Gtie Octopus which you can buy on etsy.

7 Fogeycore

Vendors and connoisseurs of antiquate and/or antiquated men’s fashion.

Also we can hit up the cosplay resources of the internet fandoms and other sources of modernist takes on classic styles. Yes, I mean steampunk.

I have used fanplusfriend, and I like the price and excellent cut of the trousers they sent me; however, the quality of the fabric could be better; the current one pills too fast for my taste — I wear the bejeezus out of my trousers. See also Peter Christian, e.g. Moleskin Waistcoats for Men.

7.1 Flatcaps

I shop at Sterkowski. Their caps have lasted me a long time and are cheap. Suspiciously cheap, for a high-quality product.

Other options:

8 Misc items of desire

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9 Care of my fabrics

I keep my clothing smelling fresh with Zeroda High Performance Sports Wash, which seems both cheap and effective.

I use Nanoman Water proofing spray for fabrics. It is weirdly cheaper from Amazon than direct from their store.

10 Shaving

IMO the best facial shave is from a classic single-blade razor. The next one I try might be Henson Shaving, which looks like it has a nice blade angle; It seems a little overpriced for an incremental design improvement TBH.

When I am busy, I use an electric shaver. The Philips OneBlade is a adequate compromise; it is compact, travels well and can handle various parts of the body other than the face. The replacement blades are very expensive, though, and last a laughably short time.

11 Fast fashion rants

12 References

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