So I've been shopping for a new coat since I moved to Greenwich from Washington, DC. Down there I never seemed to need much more than a sweater under my suit jacket, but here the weather is much more foul with a great deal more precipitation. I'm also leaving my car behind most days to walk to work in Greenwich or NYC, so I'm also in the elements far more.
Anyways, I have been trying to find a jacket in the barn coat style with a removable liner. It came down to this LL Bean classic barn coat or the Barbour Bedale (which I ended up going with if for no other reason than I would have the opportunity to develop a ritual with the re-proofing!). I had been searching this forum and reading reviews on the brands' sites when I came to the comments on the Bean site about this coat.
While many were great, there was a surprising number of people who seemed to want to "update" the jacket and for the silliest of reasons. They wanted pull strings and zippers instead of buttons to take out the lining, and new and more advanced pocket options, and I actually got a bit annoyed as this was the only real "old fashioned" coat on their website. Every other style is moving toward "Arctic Tech." It really brought home what trad is to me.
Most consumers demand updates, replacements, or just newness in general. Many have lived their entire lives (including myself) in a time when there was no actual need to conserve or repair anything. Buying something new has become like a sport, so manufacturers produce far more than what we need and create what, in Logic class, would be called "a distinction without a difference" so that we discard our perfectly good products and upgrade. Post WWII our prosperity became so tied to material wealth that even today our government is trying to get us to empty our wallets needlessly to save ourselves.
I would wager that taken in aggregate, we carry far less debt than most, could repair a car, pitch a tent, and generally survive on our wits far better than someone wearing an Arctic Tech coat with its 17 zippers zipped walking down an urban street in light rain!