Worn Wear by Patagonia
I would strongly urge anybody to take a half hour and watch this video. It actually gave me chills, and if you’re into what I am into, I think you’ll find it quite moving as well.
First of all, it’s no joke that something that has been used is more beautiful than something brand new. I’ll take the magic thats holed up in the rips and tears of these fabrics over shiny and new any day. From this point on I’ll be making a real effort to buy only used clothes (and/or Patagonia stuff). I’ve definitely been victim to a consume and condemn clothes culture when I was younger, and look back on that point in my life with great regret. The truth is, the most expensive clothes I ever bought were the cheapest, and never served any needs but my own selfish desire to be accepted. Before that time in my life I was a Value Village vindicate, and my grandparents were dry cleaners so the oldest things I own are really treasure to me, simply forgotten by others.
I have a Canada Goose jacket, which buying, in retrospect, is a sick notion of the consumer I was. But I don’t view this jacket as a fashion statement, but having owned it for 8 years, it’s amortized itself to me. I wear it only when it’s so cold I know it’s the only choice. It holds memories from balmy Calgary winters in high school drifting in fresh snow, its sleeves are absolutely masticated from the night I laid my 50cc scooter down avoiding a deer in Victoria, and the cold winter night I let my girlfriend wear it as we stood on the balcony in Eindhoven our last night touring around Europe. This jacket is as much a part of me as anything, and I could never get rid of it. This garment has more Wabi-Sabi than Jean Chrétien.
During a presentation by the program assistant for Product Design at Kwantlen, Heather Young, she shared some of her great experiences while obtainer her masters in Glasgow. One tidbit of information that a few people found interesting was the idea of a clothing swap and repair workshop, which peaked my interest in this initiative by Patagonia. They’ve teamed up with iFixit and are offering repairs of Patagonia stuff in their stores for Black Friday.
One better, they’ve provided some great online resources on iFixit to us, free of charge, teaching us to carry out repairs on our own.
This bids great news for the future of iFixit, which up until now has only been the ultimate resource for electronics, appliances, and vehicle repairs.
Please drink the Kool-Aid