This week's featured outfit: a belated "Happy Birthday" to the N64, which turned 20 years old this Thursday. I had no idea about the N64versary when I got this N64 Coaches Jacket from Agora Clothing, so a part of me believes it's all fate. What else could explain this jacket?
For one, outerwear in the summer - oof. For two, it's a walking meme. Google "vaporwave aesthetic" and see what I mean. And for that golden bonus, rule-of-three finishing moment: it's a piece so ridiculous in concept and execution that I can't help but love to wear it.
The logo; the garbled kanji characters; the streetwear silhouette. All of it. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, especially for people my age. Seriously, it's a peacock tail for the generation that grew up glued to Mario Kart. And judging by the reactions I got wearing the N64 coach around SoHo, NYC earlier this week - the smiles, the stares, a sarcastic "what are thooooose" followed by a genuine "where can I buy one?" - even twenty years later, the N64 has staying power.
With a coach this awesome and a whole neighborhood to explore, I did the only sensible thing I could: spend all day inside. 15 years earlier, I was playing video games while I did it. In the present, I'm shopping for vintage clothes with video games still on my mind.
Eh, old habits die hard.
To the N64: thanks for the memories. To Agora Clothing: thanks for the nostalgia.