I do this all the time, and since provenance and price is kind of irrelevant once I've bought it, it's totally unintentional. I'd fare poorer if I deliberately tried to contrive a "something old, something new, something cheap, something uxurious" look.
My tailor, in a horribly traffic-ridden Spanish-speaking area, is quite open open the fact that his prices would more than double if he were across the river in NYC.
Trousers are not as complex and demanding as a coat, in terms of construction or fit. If I thought that Luxire could deal with my crooked hips as well as full custom (~$225-275), I'd consider it.
This. Don't seek better for some sense of entitlement or escalation. Do it to solve problems or get what is truly wanted. To do so for other reasons is frivolous dragon-chasing that will gain little.
Yes indeed, the embroidery capital of the world! I guess my description of "horribly traffic-ridden Spanish-speaking area...across the river[from] NYC" was exact enough to exclude, say, West New York of Guttenburg, NJ.Is your tailor in North Bergen
Yes indeed, the embroidery capital of the world! I guess my description of "horribly traffic-ridden Spanish-speaking area...across the river[from] NYC" was exact enough to exclude, say, West New York of Guttenburg, NJ.
I really mean to get some darn fit pics up to see if my enthusiasm for his stuff is optimistic or not, not that it personally matters. But, in theme with the thread, I lack a camera that takes acceptable photos...
Why buy stuff to make a mediocre camera on the iphone into a slightly less mediocre camera? For the price of all those addons I could just buy a decent camera that blows out a phone camera.
What people view as necessities and luxuries is fun stuff. I read an article a while back that said people would skimp on much, but the cell phones and Starbucks were non-negotiable. I'm in the camp that cringes when someone steps from a luxury car dressed in ill-fitting cheap crap. My priorities are such that well-fitting, comfortable (oh, and attractive) clothing is way more luxury than a slightly larger or quieter car. Some people love eating out. I could largely do away with it altogether, even if it were free and healthy.
Seriously, things like not having long cuffs rubbing on my hand or the floor, wool socks that stay up, stay warm and dry, and a bloomin hat and scarf in winter are sublime things compared to, say, the DVR or other stuff that interests me not in the least. Needless to say, there is an opposing camp that thinks I'm insane and outdated and simultaneously extravagant and a tightwad.
I think disproportionate spending compared to the average is a defining attribute of the enthusiast, whereas unsustainable and uncontrollable spending is where we enter the unwholesome world of mania and addiction and other maladies.
Yeah, that's the conflict I have too. To me decent and durable clothing is a necessity, and any food beyond subsistence is luxury. For others, it's an absolute necessity to eat outside the home a few times a week, but spending a couple hundred bucks on a good pair of shoes (as opposed to buying new $30 crap that hurts your feet every other month) is some poncy entitlement.I am with you Russel, I would rather spend amount X on a nice pair of trousers instead of going to a word class restaurant and pay an arm and a leg. Me and my significant other used to argue about this all the time
I like the idea behind this thread, I think is fantastic to hear everybody's input and thoughts about a controversial topic such as this. Myself I can say that I was partially lucky, although I have never enjoyed 'wealth' as most americans see it I have been able to provide myself of an alright wardrobe. There are things that I have plenty of, like jeans, polos, and just regular casual wear. The area where I lack the most is dress shirts I only own a select couple because I had to buy them on full price. Shoes I was partially lucky because as many of you know I used to work in Nordstrom so I was able to afford some shoes for very low prices Neumok's for 100 dollars and the AE Strands for 180 dolllars or so. My recently added carminas I bought them through saving 50 dollars or so per paycheck and several of my other 'splurges' when it comes to I have done the same. Also because I used to work for Nordstrom Hugo Boss/Ted Baker pants and so on were pretty affordable although of not the highest quality I cannot complain when they were sold to us for $50 dollars a pop, who am i at the end? When I see people buying three or four pair of shoes at once I don't honestly think they will enjoy them as much as someone who gets one by one and goes slowly building a respectable wardrobe where everything has a function, rather than to buy just for the sake of it.
PS, You all suck dick.
Nice post. I grew up poor so I thought when I would have money I would go nuts and buy all kinds of shit. Never really happened. I still am a semi-cheap Bastard.
I was going to make you my honorary son-in-law but that "you all suck dick" line made me change my mind.
We both nurture and damage our children. In the end all we can hope for is that the former outweighs the latter
This is certainly true of my mother.
Whilst my father taught me about suits and shoes, my mother taught me about cloth, about colours and patterns and combining colours, textures and patterns.
However, she left a dreadful, dreadful mess when she died last year and I will be dealing with the ramifications for a very long time to come.
Sorry to hear about that last bit.
Poverty can cause some people to be very, very aware of the value of money and, as a consequence, to be very conservative - some may say stingy - with their money, but poverty can also cause other people to spend money recklessly once they escape poverty and manage to earn a decent amount.
There are studies that prove that the poorer one is, the higher percentage of their wealth is spent on social markers and other status symbols to prove that that one is ... not poor.
I kind of respect someone who has fought and work hard for what they have, instead of someone who has been handed over everything they have. I might be wrong, but I have yet to meet someone who has been handed over everything and still values everything they have.