Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Letting Go

Most 'letting go' posts would be about moving on from a relationship, I'm sure, hahaha! But not this one, fortunately. Reason is, I'm currently purging my wardrobe with stuff I've accumulated throughout the years and I'm  'letting go' some of my collections. I remember, when I first came to Cambodia I only brought a large suitcase and that was it. One pair of jeans, two tailored pants, a few jackets, a Margiela x Hermes sweater, t-shirts and two shoes: one fabric (Muji) and one leather (Jil Sander). I still have the Jil Sander but I've given away the Muji sneakers. I've outgrown wearing skinny jeans so I gave it away and I've practically stopped buying and wearing it. But now I've grown fond of Yohji Yamamoto's oversized designs so lately I saw myself picking pieces here and there. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Yohji is kinda expensive and I can't afford it most of the time. Even secondhand vintage is so expensive and you often don't encounter it in the thriftshop. Admittedly, Cambodia has a thriving business for thriftshops and vintage shopping. - the reason why my 'one suitcase arrival' balloned to I-don't-know-how-much-I-have-now. If shopping is a sport I'd probably be an Olympic gold medalist, I just love shopping! And finding something is just half of the fun. I actually just enjoy browsing and looking at things. I used to go thrift shopping almost everyday but I guess I've mellowed now and often just go when I'm in the mood. I used to buy anything that fancies my interest especially if it's a kind of designer brand or a pattern I haven't seen before. In Siem Reap there was a local market that sells second-hand clothes and I would often go there because I always find something interesting. Actually, I'm writing this post wearing a black pleated top from Issey Miyake that I got from there. About two years ago I moved to Phnom Penh and I saw the boom of thriftshops mushrooming like crazy. I haven't been to all but there's more than 10 good ones that's worth checking out. Most of the stuff they sell comes from Japan. There's one here called Don Don Down On Wednesday and it's a bit more curated than the original Toto and Sakura thriftstore that opened first. Originally from Japan, Don Don Down has a unique pricing scheme that'll make you come back. I've been checking out their stores here and currently have 4 outlets. Recent finds was this Comme des Garcons top from its mainline and a vintage Martin Margiela AIDS tee. So anyway, I realized I've been hoarding and hoarding but haven't really thought of what I'm going to do with all these stuff that I have. Lately, I've been loving wearing my own designs and most of the time the pieces I buy I just love for what it is but not on me. So I'm back to selling ye olde stuff. I used to do it at Poetry, my old store. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around opening one here in Phnom Penh so I'm doing it via Facebook. It's a very small affair because I have little time to upload a lot of stuff. I also think it's much better that way so each piece I put out is well considered. I'm afraid that if it gets too succesful I'll be tempted to thrift hoarde again and defeats the purpose of me curating and cutting down my archive.

Above: Paul Smith belt from my For Sale project

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