New Old Stuff
April 15, 2009 7:49 AM Subscribe
Is there a term for the rising popularity of new things manufactured to look old, such as relic guitars, faded jeans, and worn picture frames?
posted by relucent to Society & Culture (34 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am fascinated by the rise in popularity in the last 10-15 years of "false vintage" or "manufactured antiques". A new lamp or painting that's already got chips and scuffs on it... jeans that are faded or have holes in them... "relic" or "road-worn" guitars... etc. It seems like we love the idea of old things but don't have the patience or resources to wear them out ourselves.
My question: is there a general term for this cultural phenomenon that encompasses all of the above? They are related conceptually, but each industry or category has their own specific terms that don't apply to the others (i.e. you wouldn't call a pair of jeans with holes in them "relic"). Is there anywhere I can read more about it?