I had two pair of trousers from Patagonia that were bugging me. I’m like that, I have sensory issues (other issues too).
What was bugging me is that the front pockets were too small. My iPhone 7+ wouldn’t fit all the way in the pocket. When I bent over, it jabbed me. And I was constantly worried that stuff would fall out of the pockets.
It got to the point where I quit wearing either pair. That bugged me even more, because now I had clothes I wasn’t wearing.
So I contacted Patagonia to see if they could make the pockets bigger. No luck — they do repairs, not alterations.
No way am I buying more trousers. Nor was I going to set these aside. Nope. I’m going to patch and fix the trousers that I have until they can’t be patched or fixed no ‘mo.
I’ve used Denim before, they fixed another pair of jeans I refuse to let go of or replace.
Issue (this one, not my other one’s) solved. Sent both pair to Denim. Got ’em back in about a week, nicely fixed. Score.
Am I bragging? Yes. But I’m not all that and a bag of chips in so far as consumption goes. I still haven’t kicked my habit of buying t-shirts. I got a gift card from Patagonia I’m going to have to use. I’m gonna buy more new stuff from Patagonia — if only to support what they’re up to.
But I didn’t buy new trousers, I didn’t toss these aside, or even worse — throw ’em away. Along the way I helped the planet and a small business here in the good ‘ole USA.
In his book let my people go surfing Yvon Chouinard writes, “the most responsible thing you can do is buy something used and make it last forever”. Yep.
Hey Patagonia. Make your freaking front pockets bigger.