November 11, 2020
The world’s favourite secret agent awoke to a warm, humid morning in an undisclosed locale. With his head pounding 007 reached for his top-secret anti-hangover serum. He smirked as he thought back to his reconnaissance mission from the previous evening. What a night! Thank God Q keeps him well-stocked with this stuff because Lord knows today is no time to die!
Re-energized with the spectre of a hangover behind him, Bond exhales and hops out of bed. Opening the closet door and looking over his wardrobe he can't help but shake his head with a quantum of solace. Sure his clothing is stylish and all that jazz but completely impractical for the rigours of the job. True, all the cutting edge gadgets Q creates for him are amazing. But the fact the only updates to his wardrobe have been the name on the label is enough to make the Skyfall.
For example, with the resources available to Q, why hasn’t he developed a bulletproof suit for Bond? After all, some guy named John Wick has one. Shouldn’t this be something the agents of Her Majesty's Secret Service had ages ago?
The value proposition explains itself. Pursuing super-villains is dangerous work. Plus, they usually send hordes of minions in an attempt to make MI6 agents leak like colanders. You only live twice, after all, so some level of bulletproof protection is necessary. Not to mention much more practical than a grappling hook fired from a timepiece.
It's more of the same for dress shirts. Expensive cotton shirts feel great when you first put them on. But will they hold up in hot weather and through high-speed foot pursuits? Not likely. It’s hard to live and let die when you’re drenched in sweat. This is real life, after all, and not a movie set with an endless supply of clean dress shirts. If only there were a shirt that uses NASA technology to adjust to your body temperature. Which reminded 007 that he’d heard mention of a Ministry of Supply which makes exactly such a dress shirt. Wouldn't it be nice for the next villain takedown to be no sweat? Literally! Must remember to have Q lookup this enigmatic ministry.
And, finally, the shoes. The standard-issue Crockett & Jones shoes are beautiful to behold. But the leather-soles and stacked heels wreak havoc on knees and joints. Besides, slick leather soles and hand to hand combat atop of moving vehicles is a recipe for disaster. Poor footwear choice poses a greater risk of career-ending injury than any supervillain. Since Bond would prefer to die another day -far in the future - so there must be a better option out there. It’s no state secret that the cap toe oxford is 007’s shoe of choice. And he happened to see a smart-looking one the other day that had a sneaker sole. Such a shoe would let Bond maintain his polished appearance yet be ready for action at a moment's notice.
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Leather has been with us since the earliest days of humanity and has long been prized for its durability, availability and versatility. Nowadays fine leathers are synonymous with luxury and are appreciated as something that gets finer with age. Moreover, leather is a natural product so that means it is automatically sustainable right?
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