- Apr 30, 2005
Abe Simpson, is that you?
My jeans would last 138 years if they were kept in a vault, too.
I remember Levis from the 60s. Maybe they would last forever but the first decade was miserable.
I'll take shorter lifespan with comfort from day one!
I had my first pair of Levi's when I was thirteen. I was told to wear them & sit in a cold bath for an hour & that they would shrink to fit my body.I did sit in a bath of cold water & they did shrink a bit & I also had blue legs! They were so stiff that people joked that you could stand them up at the bottom of the bed & jump right into them in the morning
Sort of, I think it was going down hill fast around the time I was born but there were a few things still well made.
Levi when they moved to Mexico then China and elsewhere went to junk status.
They have small production runs that is made in the US but they are not even close to the old days.
what about buildings?
im talking non residential commercials type
they are made here with the intention of only lasting 50 years before being torn down and something more modern goes up
And residential buildings! I've owned 2 houses, both over 100 years old, both originally built for working class people, neither updated in any significant way by previous owners. These were definitely not designed to be fancy houses. But the quality is just amazing! And the finishing touches - the mouldings, the baseboards, the carvings on the front door - they would certainly not be found in homes geared toward working class people now. Even quite nice, custom homes use much cheaper materials for them.
Of course, there are absolutely gorgeous, well-built new homes. But you do not see the same widespread craftsmanship and durability made available to so many people.
I find goods made cheaply in PRC are crappy quality, but of course why would we expect them to be otherwise? You get what you pay for and we’ve created an entire economy on consumerism ie. buy more! Don’t fix it, replace it!