The Splurge before Christmas or How Not to Shop
The Night Before Christmas
Being a company that sells things to people it might seem a bit glasshouseian to be complaining about the commerciality of Christmas. Perhaps it was the very particular combination of Christmas adverts on TV for the past two months and reading Slavoj Zizek’s The Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously, that has made us feel this way, but now more than ever it has become clear that quality, care and a business conscious is not synonymous with success. We also know from our own experience that buying as much stuff as you can or cannot afford does not equate to happiness, providing a temporary buzz at best.
How We Shop
Karl Marx might have written Das Kapital exactly 150 years ago, but it is as relevant today as it was then. It might be fun to order an inexpensive outfit from an internet-based clothing company and wear those items on a night out with friends. No need to wash and iron, store your clothes properly and polish your shoes. Instead just get out the credit card, login and repeat…The will to shop and spend money is still as unrelenting as ever and yet just as unrewarding (not to mention the damage these cheap throwaway items inflict on the countries, people and environment that produce them).
The Arqivist Ethos
At The Arqivist our ethos is a little bit different. We source and select items that have history and provenance. Timeless design classics; items that will look as stylish and relevant in ten years time as they do today. We do not sell new items or items that are mass produced in a factory. If these items have lasted fifty years then they are built to last another fifty years. We advocate buying quality rather than quantity. This approach has several benefits. Less consumption means less money spent and fewer things thrown away. This also means less clutter and less need for storage at home. Less time spent shopping means more time to spend on things you really enjoy, and with a reduced number of accessory options, the process of deciding what to wear in the morning is much less complicated. Just get dressed and get out of the door.
Sticking to a considered personal style (as the French or Italians do, just look at Alessandro Squarzi or Vincent Cassel) means you won’t be prone to make fashion faux pas by adopting the latest trends and cheap fads. Combine this with a good routine when it comes to personal grooming and facial hair. Knowing that you are not going to look wildly different with collar length hair one year and a close crop the next is reassuring in a world of image and Instagram. No embarrassment when looking back at pictures of oneself five years ago, just quiet consistency and a self-assuredness. The same you each time and that is something you won’t be able to put a price on.