Concerning the shoe in picture. Bought from a shop that sells vintage items, these pair of tan leather flats with slits and criss-cross leather ties are made circa the 90's by a French shoe brand called André.. André was founded in 1900 and their shop looks like this in 1903 -Pictured below. I delight in musing about the epistemology of wearable objects in the context of quality ownership. A quality ownership is when you own something that is of not just good quality, but of considerable thought in it's historical lineage. Now you might like to argue that Chanel, and Balenciaga has also earned their own brand legacy that is continuing today, I mostly agree with that, however for the purpose of delineating the points whether an object has ascetic quality, versus it just being a re-iteration or a derivative of it's own historical legacy, we can begin our discourse here.
Why is the history of objects important for it to have Ascetic value**?
A pair of shoes with history such as this has an aesthetic footprint that expands the object from being something useful, to being something idealistic for it's purpose in maintaining quality through the test of time.
More about André's history
* Fashion Ascetic - definition of terms will be covered in the following few posts. This is my new project that combines both Art and Design in my body of work. It deals with thought theory about fashion items, it is an ongoing study on what meaning-making is in the context of consumption, specifically fashion consumerism.
**Ascetic Value - will be defined in Fashion Asceticism in the following posts too.