I am not the biggest fan of the material life. If at all possible I limit what I buy to only the very best I can afford. This ideology runs contrary to the many consumption-happy girls of YouTube and Instagram who post their latest expenditure at Forever 21 in rapid-fire. I am not passing judgement on this lifestyle, though I see no sustainability in its practice. Money chasing after shoddy materials and cheap design for a short-term flare of satisfaction? Far from worth it.
I suppose the prelude was a tad pretentious, especially when I throw down the next heavy statement: I bought a copy of Kinfolk. Long have I bestowed the honour to Kinfolk as a disease of equitable distaste as thoughtless consumerism. Rather than a considered lifestyle, I saw Kinfolk as an unintentional class divider. To an extent I still do. They typically feature very beautiful things and very beautiful places which both happen to be far and away from being achievable by the middle class. This is not to say every company has to cater to everyone—that would be ridiculous—but the stories featured always seem to be on things that are far and away from the realm of everyday life.
Kinfolk Issue 15 seems very different, with a focus on entrepreneurs with fantastical ideas. We learn about the psychology of list making, body language, and the best ways to spend a Sunday night. These are accessible topics, not just in terms of monetary value, but because they are relatable to many rather than few.
Accessibility continues with the Penguin Little Black Classics collection of timeless novels. For the 80th anniversary of the first Penguin books, Penguin has released 80 classic books wrapped in a matte black cover. Each retails for about $2 each, though mine were about $5 each from Book Depository after currency conversion and taxes. ‘The Beautiful Cassandra’ by Jane Austen came first, another two sit at the mail centre waiting for me to pick them up. You can explore the entire collection here.
I picked up TOPMAN Magazine in-store. The paper quality is remarkable, the content basic and far from worthy of the paper it is printed on.
I am currently reading ‘The Beautiful and Damned’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is the last full-length novel by Fitzgerald I have yet to finish, but I am finding it just as wonderful as his other works. Like all of his writings he is masterful at creating a sensation from writing of the most mundane things.
A small surprise came in the post; a new pair of eyeglasses from Warby Parker. These are the Chalmer design in striped beach. They are a lightweight design of cellulose acetate and ion-plated titanium. The colour is soft brown and I find they disappear on my face rather than contrast with it like my previous eyeglasses. The quality is commendable, though I do notice quite a bit of flex along the bridge. I have enjoyed my Warby Parker sunglasses for years and I look forward to doing the same with these.
I enjoy quality in life; slow, deliberate design with a keen interest in its longevity. Literature is always a worthy expense in my perspective, and eyeglasses to see life around me seems just as important. Be conscious of what you possess in life.