Hipsters? Civil War Re-enactors on a Wi-Fi Break? Or Rogue Amish?
What is it in American culture right now that in order to find what’s hip, we’re forced to look at what was hip over 100 years ago?
Pennsylvania Dutch is the newest hipster-inspired trend, from small-scale subsistence farming to utilitarian burlap clothing, antiquity now seems to be very modern.
Particularly in New England; Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts, new farming coops and instructional organizations for helping new, mostly young, farmers get off their feet have been popping up. In addition to the popularized farmers markets that seem to have rekindled interest in locally grown food, the new hipster wave is moving in to take it to the next level. How do we know that the 1% of culture-mongers are glomming on to this new-old phenomenon? Last year The New York Times ran a full-page fashion spread called “Amish Fashion Week”, featuring men in simple cotton, and wool shirts, unadorned pants and broad-brimmed hats, according to TIME.com. In addition, LA Times ran an interview with an LA hairdresser that grew up Amish, raving about her rural survival chops, including butchering large animals and canning her own food.
What is it in American culture right now that in order to find what’s hip, we’re forced to look at what was hip over 100 years ago? Certainly our reliance on, and constant integration of, technology into every facet of our lives is prodding a kind of anti-cool movement toward the older, the simpler, and the tools-without-buttons. In other words, it’s the “we’re doing it because no one’s doing it” approach to cool. With such a premium brand-name clothing and accessories, it doesn’t take long for some innovative hipster to think of attaching status to cover-alls.
Health food, organic food, and the so-called “green” movement has no doubt played a part in the new retro, putting a premium on locally grown food, urban farming, and playing the socially-conscious consumer. Natural fabrics, foods, and living has become more popular than it ever has been (since we had a choice), and the new hipster is no doubt exploring the great path of anachronistic purity al naturale.
Who are these guys anyway?