An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'

Intensive Use

Some garments are worn almost daily. They become both a backdrop to - and practical facilitator of - our lives and reflect true resourcefulness. Their features speak of an ethic of extended iterative use.

Traces and impressions of years passed

"These are a very plain black pair of boots but they’re very special to me… I have been wearing them for the last 6 and a half years. They’re almost dying because I use them for every purpose. I use them as a regular shoe on a regular day to go to work or to go shopping or for going out at night; even for Burning Man festival. I keep on polishing and repairing them. What makes them special for me is that not only that they’re comfortable and also that they’re black makes them go with everything but they’re very similar to a pair of shoes that I remember my grandmother wore when I was a little kid. I was a very girly kid. My mom wasn’t really into fashion. She never wore make-up, whereas my grandmother was very fashionable, she had lots of make-up, I was very into that when I was a kid. I used to go their house every weekend and when I was there I’d spend all day going into her wardrobe, trying on this and that my feet were small, so they wouldn’t fit properly. There were these black boots, which I would put on the moment I got into their house and of course when I left I had to take them off.

As time passes by, I realize little by little that my appreciation of certain garments stems from my childhood memories. …And my grandma had this big wardrobe with all these decades with traces and impressions of years passed."

San Francisco - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green