With this gear, in­dulge; it gets bet­ter with age

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TECH­NOL­OGY DOESN’T AGE GRACE­FULLY. BRICKED phones and crapped-out hard drives re­tire to your junk drawer only a few years after emerg­ing from their shrink wrap. A pre­cious few of our worldly wants, how­ever, do im­prove with time and use. Ob­jects like the ones here sat­isfy the Ja­panese tenet of wabi-sabi, which val­ues well­worn im­per­fec­tion over what’s shiny and new. They’ll only work bet­ter as you drag them along the rough road of life.

Jeans

Levi’s sug­gests you buy the 1976 501 jeans two sizes larger than nor­mal. Get­ting them to the right fit is your job. Wet ’em down, and the cot­ton will shrink as it dries around you.

Ukuleles

The vi­bra­tions caused by strum­ming wood in­stru­ments, such as the Fender Zuma Con­cert Uke, make the tim­ber res­onate bet­ter. The more you prac­tice, the longer the notes ring.

Boots

The Wolver­ine Orig­i­nal 1000 Mile boots will mold to your feet as you break them in, and a strip of leather be­tween the kicks’ up­per and out­sole fa­cil­i­tates swap­ping worn-out treads.

Head­phones

Grado says the My­lar di­aphragm (the part that vi­brates to make mu­sic) on its SR225e head­phones rocks best after 50 to 100 hours of lis­ten­ing, so be pa­tient for op­ti­mal sound.

Pans

Thin­ner and lighter than cast iron, the Lodge car­bon-steel skil­let still gets just as sea­soned. With each use, fatty acids in cook­ing oil bind to­gether to build up a slip­pery sur­face.

Teapots

Crafts­men don’t glaze the Ada­gio Dalian teapot.

That way, its pur­ple Chi­nese clay can soak up the oils, and thus the fla­vors, from the leaves of your fa­vorite brews.

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