Jul 18, 2013

Investing in Clothing

(Above photo from Art Lewin Bespoke, homepage photo from Dealbreaker.com)...

(Above photo from Art Lewin Bespoke, homepage photo from Dealbreaker.com)

Written by Simon Crompton

I’ve reached a nice point now. It’s taken a few years, but I finally feel I’ve crested the curve.

Investing in luxury clothing is a long process. It requires patience and dedication. When you switch from the contemporary tendency to shop frequently and indiscriminately, to a method involving research and saving up your hard-earned wages, there is a bit of a wrench. You miss the consumerist buzz. You need to find a way to enjoy the research itself; like enjoying the fittings of a bespoke suit as much as buying one.

Once that addiction has gone, you very slowly build up a quality wardrobe: a bespoke suit, a bespoke shirt, some good ties. Those clothes, being quality, give you greater pleasure and for a longer period of time. Gradually, as the wardrobe builds, those pleasures overlap (bespoke shoes, great watch, nice bag). It is a crescendo that can last for 10 to 20 years.

I have probably reached the peak of that crescendo – the crest of the curve. I am filling in small gaps in the wardrobe (panama hat, business-card case) and resisting the urge to buy more than needed. Most purchases should be occasional replacement or repair of things that have worn out – a 10-year old suit, 5-year old socks.

Investing is necessarily long-term, but I highly recommend it.

Simon Crompton is London based, freelance menswear journalist. His personal blog, Permanent Style, can be found here.


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