As I have been working on test shoots, to improve on my lighting manipulating and styling, I have forgone mentioning something else. Lately I have been buying more heritage clothing and shoes. My dad would be shocked if I told him how much each item costed. The way I see it that I am spending a lot up front, but over time these clothing and shoes will be with me a good 20 years or my entire lifetime. I am not a fan of fast fashion which majority clothing industry is at right now. I know that some of my clothes, like my Levi jeans and dress shirts have come from overseas, but I am slowly moving my wardrobe to be Made in America. If you want to see the human costs of fast fashion here are some youtube links to watch.
Give them a watch.
So these brands that I have been buying? Wolverine boots, Filson and Allen Edmonds. So while I do admit that the cost of each item is a little hair raising, e.g., just one pair of my allen edmonds costed me $395. Thankfully I am done buying dress shoes, or shoes in general. I previously owned some shoes that I bought from DSW a year and a half ago that broke. I spent $120 on that one pair. If I had to spend $120 every year and a half for shoes, that would be more costly if I bought them every year and a half at about the same cost compared to buying a pair of $395 allen edmonds that is recraftable. What I am trying to say is just buy smart when buying clothing for your wardrobe.
Because of these new wardrobe purchases my own personal style has evolved from the put whatever comes in my hands or college dressing to a more refined and heritage look. The three businesses, Wolverine, Filson, and Allen Edmonds have been making their products for a very long time. I think Filson is the longest lasting one of the three. Having three of their items, a Mackinaw Cruiser, Tin Cloth Short Cruiser, and their Magnum camera bag, it is suffice to say that I have a great love of their products.
I am pretty close to finishing my wardrobe now. I might pick up a pair of Redwing boots...
At this point, how this fits with my food work.. is that I am drafting up story pitches that combines those pieces and brands with food work. For example, since I am in the city often, one story is a couple guys wearing allen edmonds shoes going to get cocktails and tapas. Another is of an outdoor shoot, with filson gear and wolverine/redwing boots cooking food over a campfire. I am trying to iron out those ideas and finding people who would be up for that. I don't mind if they have to use my items, provided they fit and don't be abusive to them.
While I was mulling over story pitches and ideas, I did some test shooting. Check them out.