Over the last 12 months my thoughts and focus on my personal gear has changed somewhat, I read many people on social media commenting about provenance about where things are made and why and for many reasons, some of them ethical some of them commercial. This, along with my advancing years and diminishing bank account, forced me to shift my focus away from simply looking to buy the latest shiny thing which took my fancy into actually looking to acquire gear that works and lasts for as long as possible, a lifetime if possible. I love the idea that the things I buy today to wear and use may some day be of use to my son and possibly even his son (I’m getting ahead of myself, my son is currently only 8 years old).
Where my focus lies today is to step out of the habit of buying 20 or 30 items of clothing and accessories every year to simply placate my ego and fill my wardrobe, in exactly the same way as I stepped away from high street fashion 10 years ago. What I shall do from this day forward is compile a list of essential items that a man needs to rely on through his life, clothing accessories and just “things”, I will look at my existing gear and decide if it is indeed something that will stay with me through my life journey, and possibly even outlast me (if it is then it will stay, if it is not then it will go), and finally I will look to acquire the missing pieces on my list by selling, saving and bargain hunting and I will document it all here.
This is where I begin my hunt for true First World Artefacts !