This answer from Gary Hustwit really resonates with me:
How has making [the film “Objectified”] changed the way you look at everyday objects?
I really think about what I buy now: (A) Do I really need this? (B) What if this is the last of this object that I ever buy? I don’t want to buy chairs I’ll be sick of in five to ten years.
I’m trying to get better at finding, and buying, things that last. Ten years seems to be the magic number. Most things I own right now are more in the, uh, ten-week range.
So far, I’m amazed at the durability of my Cole Haan shoes; I’ve got a pair that are five years old and going strong. Russell Davies pointed out a new micro-brand that guarantees it jackets and bags for 10 years, which is pretty cool. I have a feeling my Mission Bicycle is gonna last.
Any recommendations for brands, or specific products, worth investigating? Any good experiences you’ve had?