The knowledge of clothing has always been a compulsion of the Casual. The male wardrobe has always been quite conservative, therefore the clothing needs to have that added detail, whether it be a story behind the garment or the finer details in its manufacture. These finer details can include its country of origin, the material used or its rarity, hence the mass market for vintage.
This obsession for quality clothing can lead to the world of Collecting. From not wanting to part with a jacket or trainers because of the history in finding or purchasing the piece soon amounts to a wardrobe full of gear which can goes years without being worn.
One collector and friend from the 80s Casuals forum is Darren or Oliver Beer to give him his user name. Darren appears in todays Telegraph newspaper in an article on the male fashion obsessive.
Here is his piece from the article, the remainder of the article can be found here;