Monthly Archives: October 2010

From one essential to another

Some may ask, as I have slowed in knife collecting, what is taking my time/funds/attention lately.

I work on the business side of technology. Sales/Marketing/Business Development if you will. I have always had a need for dress clothes; it’s expected in certain countries like Japan and Korea, and now becoming more vogue again even in the western hemisphere.

I also work many days from home, where there is no dress code. But as I get older, I find the urges to wear uber-casual comfy clothing diminish. What used to feel like rebellion or freedom now just seems sloppy. Having about 40% of my career and travels require dressing like a grownup I find myself making the transition to that mode almost every day, and enjoying it.

I actually had a supercilious boss who told me once that “clothing is an investment” and despite my distrust, there is truth to the trope.

AE Bayfield boots

One area in which I never skimp is shoes. I bought my first two pair of quality italian dress shoes in 1997 and only recently retired them, due more to fashion vagaries than wear. (quite frankly I am sure they still have many many years left in them and could easily be re-crafted, they have been around the world dozens of times.)

Allen Edmonds F/W 2010

Now I tend to prefer more simple and classic designs, and these two recent acquisitions from Allen Edmonds are arguably the nicest shoes I have ever owned, yet not the most expensive. Made in the USA (!!) which is also very cool.

AE Park Ave

I’m not going to turn this into a fashion or style blog (lord knows I have little sense of either and there are plenty of great entries in that space) but I will from time to time post about items of quality when the notion strikes me.

Pictured above are the AE Bayfield and AE Park Avenue. I got them recently on sale and expect years of fine service.