September 20, 2011

OPINION | 20 Euro Leather Jacket

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On the wall: The two Violettas by Helmut Newton, Look from Land Lookbook, YSL lipstick packaging folded open


Just above the hip, boxy shape, no additional zippers or frills, thick leather. And only 20 Euros. I found it at a seconhand market last weekend. Besides the fantastic bargains here's another reason(this is me being moralistic) to get vintage or secondhand clothes; I came accross an astonishing bit of data the other day; in the UK an average person disposes 55 kilo's of clothing and textiles each year. 1 kilo of cotton textile requires 11000 litres of water. Can you do the math? (source: imf)

34 comments:

Raspberry & Rouge said...

Gorgeous! Ook naar de Ijhallen geweest? Ik heb er een voor 12 gescoord :) XO Rebecca

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ALCOHOLS said...

If I want to buy clothes that will last me forever and beautiful enough so that I will never want to part with them, I go to second-hands. All of my clothes that I trully love were also the cheapest, no one else owns them and they will never fall apart. That’s the reason why I shop in second-hands. I don’t get it why today the clothes are made in such a disastrous way that they will last you literally "a few hours" (my last purchase from H&M, a nice white top lasted me one wear, then lost the shape and now looks just awful). I love your blog Ivania, you made me think about fashion the way I never did before. Though I was on my way of ditching the "compulsive buyer" style, your blog helped me to get rid of it completely. THANKS SO MUCH for an interesting view on fashion! xxx

Mademoiselle Antonova said...

hmmm.... I do wonder who IMF's 'average' person is! It's so difficult to establish, isn't it? Maybe I'm average to some, but yet, I haven't thrown ANY clothes away since I was 15. :) And I like your jacket, vintage is the way to go with things like that.

Amazona said...

I like it a lot.
I wish there were more thrift stores where I live. People here in Greece just don't buy them, which is a shame, because of the fact that no matter if it's UK or any other country - it's ecological and sometimes you can find such amazing pieces like your jacket.

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Lowri said...

That is a gorgeous jacket!

The Deer Head

x

The Fancy Teacup said...

The biker jacket is quite a gem, and for a steal of a deal!

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Anonymous said...

I see your point, but the water, which cotton need to grow wont get wasted. It rains, then the water evaporates and so on. Its more of a cicle, which does not require energy

death_sexxx said...

wow that's insane! really makes you think.

LOVE AESTHETICS said...

yes and no... the water that is needed for irrigation will indeed not get wasted directly(though cotton plants consume relatively more water than other plants, and also exhaust the soil), but part of the water for production is contaminated.
As clean water becomes scarse I think it´s outrageous to waste so much of it in a production process while there are alternatives.
And isn´t saving water also saving energy?

wobblinbetty said...

leather is even better when it's second hand...so soft and carrying a story within itself...
plus this one looks really a great find!!! loving the shape and the thickness of it!
+++ wobblinbetty +++

Caroline Hulbæk said...

nice jacket :-)
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Debbie said...

Ah love it!

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Bianca said...

Wow 20 euro's!!

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Gawgus things... said...

How amazing to get such a bargain!

nicola lynde. said...

A few years ago, while living in the UK, I realized just how much clothing I was 'going through'. I mention the UK because it is a country with a booming high street industry and a very fashion conscious population. Since then I have really tried to be a re-cycler. Buy things second hand, re-purpose, sell, or donate anything I can so at least my passion for clothing isn't (too) wasteful.

nicola lynde. said...

A few years ago, while living in the UK, I realized just how much clothing I was 'going through'. I mention the UK because it is a country with a booming high street industry and a very fashion conscious population. Since then I have really tried to be a re-cycler. Buy things second hand, re-purpose, sell, or donate anything I can so at least my passion for clothing isn't (too) wasteful.

Josie said...

so gorgeous!

annalisa said...

id say great catch xx

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Lara Maria said...

love the jacket and you're so right about the clothing part ... it's too bad, but as probably all of us, i am not doing good either.

Anne said...

what a great found!
the math part is creepy indeed, it's not easy to keep ethic in fashion...

Fashiable said...

Looks beautiful!!

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LOIS said...

The first picture instantly reminded me of Helmut Newton and I was right :D
btw thats some crazy statistic :O
Love Lois xxx

Anonymous said...

living in the uk for a year has completely changed my point of view on clothing and fashion.
while you find a bunch of international high street stores at a more or less affordable level, there is also a big offer pretty expensive stuff, thinking reiss, whistles, etc. for those who can't afford to frequent these shops and build a wardrobe on it there is a scary thing called primark.
when i had just moved to england, primark was my heaven on earth, cheap stuff, everything you could think and dream of, knock offs or at least items very close to the original garment of much more expensive houses, every day new designs...
but watching the british shopping habits made me feel kind of disgusted towards the speed of fashion: women and girls of every age would binge-buy things, heaps and heaps of cheaply produced clothes that would last for a month or would find their way to either the back of the closet or even the bin in week, but only for the most minimal amounts of money.
it does make the thought of throwing away stuff a lot easier if you think, that whatever you wore was somewhere between 2 and 10 pound.
so, the number of 55kg a year does not make me wonder at all, but in fact it does disturb me, considering that in the uk you can find charity shops just like sand on the beach, every city, even the tiniest has at least 3 of them, run by old ladies that don't even wanna gain anything out of selling pre-owned clothing or what else the might sell but a decent little amount of money to give to children in need, the cat society or their church of choice.
finding one of these little dusty dark shops in my street made me more than happy: it was way closer than mentioned primark or any other shop, having a 'personal shopper', barbara, somewhere around 80 and 200 years old, picking out stuff for me, she thought i might like and the fact, that everything i bought there made her happy, made the children she used her earned money on happy and made me happy, just because i could buy whole outfits for as little as 2 pound.

buying second hand, where ever, does add a little bit of feel-good to the whole fashion thing.

Emma said...

Hey, would you ever consider doing a shopping guide to Amsterdam? I'm visiting next month and haven't been there since I was 10, so I was hoping you might have some good tips. Your blog is my absolute favourite!

lauraa said...

Being from the UK I can believe those figures. As anonymous says, fast fashion really has its grip here. In fact fashion full stop is so important that where I am in Manchester all the 'vintage' stores bump the prices up stupidly for those wanting more individual things. I always find it interesting to read your little comments on the fashion world, especially as I adore your look
xxx

Asmae said...

Leuk jackje! OMG maar 20 euro!

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Sophie Loloi said...

great jacket and great price!

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Sophie Loloi said...

great jacket and great price!

xx

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balkis said...

Badass!


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Marcia said...

This leather jacket looks really tough and bad-ass, and the price is certainly enchanting. The amount of waste we create these days are unbelievable, we need to conserve more or shop vintage more often.

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kaitlyntru said...

Leather is obviously always so great! But the art on the wall, major good!

Jo said...

that's an awesome find!

wow, 55 kgs of clothes discarded in a year?! I don't think I've discarded that much my entire life. I have things I've been wearing for years, and I'll wear for years to come. Incidentally, these things came from second hand shops.

and I LOVE the unfolded YSL box on the wall!

jo from slowcatharsis.blogspot.com

Julian said...

Wow, that statistic makes me sad and think. Thanks for sharing! And that is an awesome leather jacket.

Anna A said...

Ik dacht, dat de jas echt leuk is!