A few people have asked me about the source of the quotes in some of my latest blog entries. Although a quick search can tell you instantly there they’ll from, I guess I’ll go into a little more detail: I’m smack dab in the middle of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, a really fascinating novel about alternate universes, a love story, and a bunch of other weird shit that’s going on in the slightly different worlds of a two peoples. In short, it’s simply beautiful writing that really lets you escape reality and get entranced in it’s pages. I would be lying if I said some of the other books I’ve read from him didn’t bum me the fuck out and make me just want to go to sleep, but now it’s different. It’s been a tough year, and my blog was literally the last thing on my mind.
“People need routines. It’s like a theme in music. But it also restricts your thoughts and actions and limits your freedom. It structures your priorities and in some cases distorts your logic.”
I saw the “menswear” dudes go in all different directions: boosting free products they probably didn’t feel good about boosting, wearing hyped shit for the sake of wearing hyped shit, and in general just pulling away from who they were fashion wise to stay relevant. This really made my interest in my blog diminish further, and I really debated stopping it all together. I’m boring fashion wise, I’ve been dressing the same way for 7 years. I like to switch it up a little bit, but not at the speed or capacity that is required to stay “cool” in the fashion blog world. Anyways, so I’m reading this book and it makes me realize that I am okay with who I am and I get this huge overwhelming feeling that I was actually comfortable with myself and how I dress, and that I don’t care enough to constantly be seeking the next trend. My blog will always be about quality clothing, and those brands who manufacture clothing that is meant to be worn, not for just a season but worn until it’s unwearable. And at the same time, my blog is for the small niche of people who look at style in the same light as me. As always, I appreciate the support and kind words. So, here’s another EG fit.
I’m a tough sell on trainers, especially in white or off-white… but ever since I took a chance on a pair of Shoes Like Pottery, I was into trainers. They go with my entire wardrobe, and just look better the more beat up they get. They’re a fantastic shoe to compliment all of the Nepenthes brands, especially EG. The sole is fired in a kiln so that it’s more flexible and durable than a typical vulcanized sole. There’s no plastic cupping like in a lot of the other trainers, which personally kills my heels. So comfort wise, nothing has fit me better than these. The heel is reinforced with fabric so that it keeps its shape while not giving you blisters. I’ve been wearing these for about 4 months, and they seem like they’ll hold up for years to come while also looking better & better. The rest of my outfit is EG: FW09 Workshirt, SS15 Explorer Jacket in Weather Poplin, and SS16 Olive Ripstop Fatigue Shorts. The bag (which has seen better days, but also has seen a ton of use) is South 2 West 8 Canal Street Tote. I think I need more pockets.
We got a five minute break in the rain to snap some photos. I love this NyCo Field Parka (SS12), it keeps me fairly dry in these Florida summers (it rains almost daily), the fabric has been wearing in nicely, it’s lightweight enough to pack up and throw into a small bag, and the inside stitching makes it fun to wear inside out. The BDU pants are SS16, chambray work shirt is FW14, and the hat is from SS15. In a strange way, I like the chaos that all the different shades of blue create. To me, this is one of those looks that show just how timeless EG is. The seasons definitely change, and there are always some stand out fabrics that are a little too bold for me, but the basics always look great together. Season after season. In this whole “fast fashion” bullshit, this is welcomed by me, and I know by many of you all.
“I want people to have fun when they’re wearing Engineered Garments. I want them to take part in this world I’ve created. I think with most fashion brands, you pay a lot of money and then you have this ready-made outfit and it’ll definitely look good because it’s expensive and well made. But with Engineered Garments, I don’t want the clothes to look perfect immediately. I think people should have to put some work into it. I think it should only look really good if the clothes match your taste, and you bring something of yourself to it. I think of Engineered Garments as clothing for people who are really into clothing.”
Over the past two or three years, I’ve drifted away from this materialistic approach that the whole menswear blogging scene sort of sent me and many others into. I still love clothes, I guess I should say that I still love EG. The aesthetic, and the ethos of the brand is what has kept me interested for the past 7 years. Daiki has said many times that Engineered Garments is more a lifestyle than just simply clothing, and I think that is accurate. I wanted to build a wardrobe that would go well together without having to think about what I wore everyday, I know that seems lazy but that is what I wanted. Seeing the evolution of the fabric through wear and wash has always intrigued me and adds to the character of our garments. The work shirt here was the first piece of EG I ever bought, 7 years ago and I still wear it today. Yea, it’s seen better days, and it’s patched up in about 19 different places but it has a story. There is beauty in that. Little by little I’ve built up a really solid collection of clothes that I enjoy wearing everyday, whether to the office or to go camping. I don’t care if they get dirty, beat up, or even ripped (as long as it’s patchable).