Sunday, May 10, 2009

Precious, temporary things



I just realized that among my posts, thrift shopping is the most frequent tag. Five years ago, I never even considered buying any pre-owned items, except for furniture and books. Only when I started buying shirts and pants to expand my office wardrobe did I stumble upon the joys of bargain hunting, especially for thrifted shoes and bags. Also by accident, around the same time, did I begin to write for magazines on the side.


Wool trench, thrifted; tee, Polo Ralph Lauren; jeans, Two Percent; thrifted shoes, Clarks; old electronic typewriter case used as briefcase




Thinking about it, I have to admit that fashion has never been an obsession. I didn't grow up starry-eyed watching catwalk shows or gawking at glossies or store windows. Now maybe it's a highly time-consuming indulgence, a self-conscious way of sorting myself out, part of ordering my thoughts at the beginning of each day, and part of my never-ending process of sifting through inspiration from every aspect of life — mostly absent-mindedly, but eventually with the prospect of producing something creative.




Writers and artists of past eras dressed to the part as eccentrics and agitators of society. But in my case, I don't feel compelled to prove anything to anybody but myself. It is a personal challenge to seek to find something new each day — not just a new item, but a new way of looking at and wearing even just a single piece.


White tee and knitted hooded tee: both Bench; jeans, Sisley; open bonnet hat, 5cm



Not very different from discovering a new way of saying something even via the smallest detour from the usual turn of phrase. Initially just for myself, but hopefully, like a verse or a torn page, it can find itself bringing joy or use to somebody else.


First two photos by Patricia Suzara

5 comments:

naboonies said...

Tell me please,isn't it too hot in the Philippines to wear a wool trench?

Miguel Paolo Celestial said...

Haha, yeah it is. Brought it that day to lend to a friend going on a trip to London, and decided to snap some pics. :)

naboonies said...

Now that does make sense haha. On another note I am relatively new to the idea of thrift shopping (I started around one year ago) and I must say I'm loving every moment of it! It challenges me to be creative and economical at the same time. I like your selection of thrift items btw, there must be some cool shops you got there in the Philippines!

Anonymous said...

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Ca said...

I can relate to your background. I didn't grow up with fashion as the greatest interest at all, but it slowly developed into a sense of style. I supposed the lack of impulses early on gave me the freedom to choose and think for myself, instead of being biased towards a certain direction. All I know is that I want to do something creative. And it's truly all about proving yourself that you can make it, not to others.