I start a new career next Monday. I’m nervous/excited/sad/happy/and a bunch of other emotions I can’t find words for, but I’m starting to realize that’s part of life. I don’t want to be complacent and I don’t want to settle, I’ve done too much of that in my 29 years here. It’s time to make a change, and see where it takes me. Here’s to fate.
“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
I look back at my early twenties and laugh hysterically at myself. For one, my ridiculous sneaker collection, and secondly, my obsession with comic book inspired graphic tee shirts. We all change, I mean I always knew I would never dress that way forever. What is interesting is how my style shifted, all over a though sort of like: “I want to be able to get dressed really easy in the morning”. I sold my sneakers off, and bought Goodyear Welted boots and selvedge denim. I donated most of my tee shirts and New Era’s and liked the pockets of the EG Workshirt, so I bought one of those. “Workwear” was huge back then (when I started the blog) but I never really saw what I was wearing as being “Workwear” because well, I wasn’t doing any manual labor in it. I liked the attention on the construction of the clothing, and the choices of fabrics. I don’t know if it was because everything got so tried, and the inauthenticity couldn’t of been more obvious, but regardless the whole menswear blog scene pretty much imploded on itself all at the same time. So, I stopped looking at American blogs for inspiration and started to look at some stores and individuals in Japan for some ideas. One thing I liked about Japanese fashion when it came to the brands I followed was the way they were wearing the same stuff as some of the guys in America was the absolute not-giving-a-fuck attitude. There was no monochrome outfits, no palette matching, there was no rules to what they wore. That was appealing to me, and although I’m nowhere near as cool as most of the Japanese dudes who wear EG. Although I still don’t really fuck with the crazy patterns that the EG team puts out, it’s still a continued inspiration.
There’s a lot of power in not giving a fuck what people think about you. Be yourself, be influenced by change of thought, not change of fashion. Most of us started to lose our imagination after we were little ones, and we just don’t see the world in the same light we did before. So we’ve got to find new ways to express ourselves. For me, I started to find that in workwear, specifically Japanese workwear. I was into sneakers, I was into streetwear, but it all felt so disposable. I started looking around and researching and found an EG lookbook from FW08 and thought “I want to dress like that”. I became fascinated with Japanese designers like Daiki of EG and Takeshi of Post Overalls, but at that time I weighed too much to wear the shit they were designing. Wearing brands like that became my goal, and inspired me to drop 110lbs, start the blog, and start building up a wardrobe that would last me a long time. In a weird way, EG sort of saved my life. I’m done ranting, but I want to end it with a quote this dude said on Styleforum that has stuck with me.
“I dunno, man. What are your favorite books? Movies? Biggest dreams? What would you wear if you could wear whatever the fuck you wanted? Because chances are, you can, and you should just do that” -Synthese
Simple Threads has been so awesome because I’ve got to meet a lot of really like minded individuals, some even in person. Since I hit the ground running again I’ve already started to get connected with some talented people. The blog has and always will be something I do because I like it, the idea of monetizing off of it seems nice – but it’s such a niche it’s just not practical. I think with hard work, it can and will get me connected with some amazing folks who I can work with. I’m going to keep doing my thing until that happens.
Speaking of rad people, Haley randomly sketched some of my fits and tagged me in the photo and I was blown away. Her style is unique, and she mastered my angry expressions (I’m really a nice dude). She’s going to be contributing weekly with sketches of my fits, and I’m stoked on it. You can check her out on IG for more quick doodles in her unique style.
And, of course more EG.
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.