Investing in Clothing


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Written by Simon Crompton

I’ve reached a nice point now. It’s taken a few years, but I finally feel I’ve crested the curve.

Investing in luxury clothing is a long process. It requires patience and dedication. When you switch from the contemporary tendency to shop frequently and indiscriminately, to a method involving research and saving up your hard-earned wages, there is a bit of a wrench. You miss the consumerist buzz. You need to find a way to enjoy the research itself; like enjoying the fittings of a bespoke suit as much as buying one.

Once that addiction has gone, you very slowly build up a quality wardrobe: a bespoke suit, a bespoke shirt, some good ties. Those clothes, being quality, give you greater pleasure and for a longer period of time. Gradually, as the wardrobe builds, those pleasures overlap (bespoke shoes, great watch, nice bag). It is a crescendo that can last for 10 to 20 years.

I have probably reached the peak of that crescendo – the crest of the curve. I am filling in small gaps in the wardrobe (panama hat, business-card case) and resisting the urge to buy more than needed. Most purchases should be occasional replacement or repair of things that have worn out – a 10-year old suit, 5-year old socks.

Investing is necessarily long-term, but I highly recommend it.

Simon Crompton is London based, freelance menswear journalist. His personal blog, Permanent Style, can be found here.