My #onepiecamonth slow fashion item for the month of May has some
shoes shirt to fill since it is a replacement. Happy I found this olive-green Muji mens shirt at the Lisbon Muji store in Chiado. The ‘will-I-wear-it-30-times’ question is quickly answered. Yes.
Also yes to the other question, ‘do I have something similar in my closet’? Which is nót the correct answer but with good reason. Yes, I have a green shirt like that. One of my favourites even.
Unfortunately it has a grease stain. Not somewhere close to the hem. No. Smack in the middle on my left breast. I’ve tried every trick and product in the book, but the stain stays. I blame the oily but delicious gamba’s at 2 Passos restaurant. So. The old one is written down to vegetable garden duties only and is now happily replaced with Muji green.
Muji Oversized Shirt
This shirt kinda has the same fit as my December ’16 item, the Muji shirt dress. Simple, firm cotton with one front pocket and slightly wider – double fold – at the back. Like an (art) painters shirt.
Made of organic cotton, this is a classic and timeless wardrobe staple. You know, that crispy fabric texture that only gets better the more you wear it. A men’s shirt from the women’s department it is. For €19,95.
Meet the previous green shirt on the bottom right photo.
Muji concept store, tiny house included
MUJI’s philosophy of ‘no brand quality goods’ fits seamlessly with my Slow Fashion challenge.
Founded in Japan in 1980 as antithesis to the growing habits of a consumer society. At that time foreign-made luxury brands were gaining popularity within an economic environment of ever-rising prosperity. At the same time poor-quality, low-priced goods were appearing on the market, having a polarizing effect on consumption patterns.
MUJI began with three steps: selecting (if possible raw, organic) materials, scrutinizing processes and simplifying packaging. I love the typical Japanese, plain aesthetics.
The MUJI concept is based on the opposite: no brand (Mujirushi) and the value of good items (ryohin).
They take their philosophy to the next level with last months release of the Muji Hut. A nine-square-meter tiny house designed in the company’s signature minimalist aesthetic. Only for sale in Japan for now, for €25.000. It features a shed roof, deep porch, sliding glass windows, plywood interiors, and a “Shou Sugi Ban” exterior (all wood, cork and aluminium is sourced from Japan).
Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life. If you are into living without bathroom or kitchen, that is.
Well, I am not ready for the latter. To be frank, I will never be. I stick to Muji travel cubes, clothing and interior. As much Muji as it gets.
slow fashion challenge 2017, happily added so far:
piece jan17 : Salvatore Ferragamo shoes
piece feb17 : Fluffy Ears cashmere sweater
piece mar17 : Dries van Noten pants
piece apr17 : Lacoste polo shirt
piece may17 : Muji oversized shirt