A self-made thousandaire in pursuit of sartorial stealth and effective living.
Ep. 52: Back to Sartorial Stealth and More Effective Living
Not only is it possible to look better in a $500 suit than the guy who spent $5,000, but it's also very gratifying...
That was the mantra I wrote for myself years ago when I discovered some great resources for handsome, well-made and affordable tailored clothing resources. It was pushback against the idea that glamour, sophistication, elegance and taste were somehow the exclusive privilege of people with spending power - a notion with which I firmly disagree.
In 2009, when I pivoted my blog (georgehahn.com) to its current focus, it was in the wake of the 2008 crash and the Occupy Wall Street days. People were suffering. I remember thumbing through a copy of Details magazine, featuring $5,000 suits, $10/20/30,000 watches, $70/80/90,000 cars, thinking to myself "Who the f**k is this for??" Not for me or anyone I knew. The tease and flaunt of such unattainable luxury wasn't helpful at the time, and I wanted to find other options that enabled me to look good and live well without being a millionaire or billionaire. So I coined a new term: thousandaire.
Since then, good style and effective living - albeit on the affordable spectrum - have been peripheral obsessions of mine.
As we start a new year with new hope, a new president and hopefully new opportunities for new beginnings, I want to reaffirm and reconnect with some of the values I sought when I started this adventure. The original tagline of the blog was "Sartorial stealth and effective living for the self-made thousandaire."
The ideas behind "sartorial stealth" were easy to define. Make handsome choices... buy the best quality you can afford... a good wardrobe is an edited wardrobe... understated is underrated... don't be afraid of elegance, glamour and sophistication... things like that.
At the time, "effective living" meant mindful design choices and a lifestyle that considered the environment. Now, I'm adding to the list with things like empathy, compassion, respect for science and expertise, generosity, courtesy, good citizenship and more... all part of "effective living," as far as I'm concerned.
So as we enter a new year with the promise of exciting possibilities on the horizon, along with a reacquaintance with 'normal', I'm really looking forward to exploring and sharing new discoveries as well as some old tricks that have served me well.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for listening. And Happy New Year!
Cheap & Chic Reading Glasses
The audio version of my blog post "Cheap and Chic Reading Glasses"
Link to the original article: georgehahn.com/cheap-and-chic-reading-glasses/
I Can't With The Sweatpants
The audio version of my blog post "I Can't With The Sweatpants."
Link to the original article: https://georgehahn.com/i-cant-with-the-sweatpants/
Episode 51: COVID Test And Online Custom Clothing During Coronavirus
On Memorial Day, I got tested for the coronavirus, both for the presence of the virus and for the antibodies. Results come in 3 to 5 days.
And speaking of coronavirus... I wonder if clothing companies that use an online custom/made-to-measure business model will get traction during a time when people can't go into stores or visit a tailor. I've personally had very good experiences with online custom. In terms of ease, quality and cost, it really solves a problem. In our new normal, I wonder if others might see it as a new, viable option when the in-person shopping and tailoring experience will be limited for the foreseeable future.
Episode 50: Powering Through a Pandemic
With a little autobiographical writing project, a return to work on the horizon, a fabulous streaming service for a cinephile like me, a crop of television shows I've enjoyed and a lot of gratitude to early contributors to the blog and podcast, I’m managing to get through this thing.
I’m not going to lie: the pandemic and the quarantine, isolation and loneliness that it has produced are taking a toll. Some days are better than others, certainly. And I have allowed moments or even entire days where I let myself off the hook and ignore the pressure to be productive or use time to make lemonade from sour lemons. Sometimes, it’s okay to say ‘f**k it’, do nothing and be sad. But when you go to that place, just make sure you don’t move in.
Let’s not paint an entirely dark picture, though. I’ve also had some really good days with my dogs and terrific conversations with old friends. It’s been a time of much reflection and introspection, assessing what I really need and what really has value to me, which has been cathartic - a much needed cleansing and a purging of things that aren’t working.
But peering through the lenses of these good and not so good days, I do have enough hindsight and experience to know that this, too, shall pass, and that there will be change. The key is to be open and adaptable, which I plan to be.
In the meantime, there’s much to read, much to listen to and so much to watch. I hope you enjoy the episode, and I thank you for listening.
Be safe out there. (And wear a mask!)
Episode 49: Fighting The Quarantine Blues
I know… It’s been a while. But since my office is closed and I’m self-quarantined at home, I figured this was a good time to catch up.
In this episode, I share a little update on life and work in New York City since I moved back in January. New apartment, new job, new beginning… there was a lot going on - all good - until the pandemic changed all of our lives very quickly.
Though I’m no stranger to working from home, I’m feeling very different about the current situation. The trick is to fight the blues and keep moving forward under these insane circumstances that seemed almost impossible only a few short weeks ago.
As I say in the episode, I want everyone to be safe, stay home, wash your hands, practice social distancing and keep calm. And also… be kind. To yourself and others. This is a tough time for everyone. Perhaps a time to reset. But in the process, remember to be kind.
Thanks for listening.
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