New Sartorial System

Posted on November 2, 2015

Description:


Develop a new sartorial system.

Background:

I am a future-leaning person. Often I will purchase something not because I need it but because I want to understand it. I love signing up for a new service, and I love to try to incorporate gadgets and technology into my life.

Brooks Brothers taught me to be comfortable in a suit and tie. I learned that no matter what you spend on clothes a tailor can always improve them. We’ve been on style blogs and television together and in no way is this an abandonment of my beloved clothier, but Brooks Brothers is not a future-leaning company.

Their recent corporate decisions have been disappointing. In August they announced they are discontinuing the Black Fleece line, their collaboration with Thom Browne. While the Red Fleece line, aimed at millennials, has been a bit more contemporary it suffers from a lack of quality (all my buttons fall off). Brooks Brothers works well as the core of a professional wardrobe but offers no opportunities for exploration or personal expression.

Proposal:

Remove all limitations on clothing in order to begin researching a new process for a modern sartorial system for KmikeyM. Research will be presented for regular shareholder review and shareholders will be solicited for input, ultimately culminating in a new system being presented for approval.

The new process should push me to be more educated about fashion and to develop a diverse wardrobe. Examples for exploration are the clothes of Stefano Pilati at Ermenegildo Zegna, various modern boutiques, local shops such as Machus and Adam Arnold, and the occasional crowd-funded high-performance shirt.

Additional concepts for exploration include the use of a personal shopper/stylist, subscription clothing programs, alliances with clothing retailers, and fearless experimentation.



Past Discussion

Josh Berezin (654 shares)
You should only buy crowdfunded apparel. Once it goes to regular production, you're no longer eligible to buy it.
Pat Castaldo (4 shares, voted no)
I voted against based solely on the picture of the shirt you were wearing.
E*Rock (2 shares, voted yes)
I think the idea of a "uniform" is good, whether it is conceptual or brand based, it makes the decision of what to wear every morning so that you can free your mind for more important decisions for the rest of the day.
Mike Merrill
crowdfunded apparel would be the most futuristic. "I only buy clothes that don't yet exist." That shirt is terrible, and I wore it as a joke, then I saw TWO PEOPLE IN LINE ACTUALLY BUYING IT, AND ONE OF THEM WAS **BUYING TWO OF THEM**! Gross. I also like the idea of a uniform. The Brooks Brothers angle worked pretty well for this but I don't think it actually fits my lifestyle very well. I am absolutely looking for some system that does the thinking for me.
Josh Berezin (654 shares)
Wear this stuff: http://www.acronym.de
arijkem (220 shares, voted yes)
https://phillipstearns.wordpress.com/machine-knit-glitch-blankets/ Maybe you should just wear digital glitch blankets made into ponchos. Wait please don't.
freddy (6 shares, voted no)
I think this is a boring thing to vote on. Your reasons for wanting to abandon Brooks Brothers are legit, but you are not bringing anything concrete to replace it. Saying in a vague way that you will explore experimental future looks is not an action that adds value to my shares. I am voting no until you bring a specific new proposal.
Mike Merrill
I had these same concerns before posting this vote, but the restrictions on my current clothing don't allow me to explore options before making a more specific proposal. I could have chosen a new system without exploring it first, but that seems more likely to result in a mistake. I tried to subtly invoke the idea of dating other people... where I was fully committed to Brooks the idea that I could simply propose a new formal system without a few casual encounters is too much like an arranged marriage. However, I understand your reservations and to a certain extent I share them. So I'm less trying to convince you to change your mind and more explaining my own thought-process.