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17-06-2010
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^ That's not necessarily true. A lot of people who buy overpriced clothes just buy them so they can associated with money. Many people don't care about quality, they just wanna look "cool" and "rich" wearing whatever.
That's why loads of brands will plaster their names and logos and monograms on simple shirts; they feed off people's insecurities that if they buy their stuff they'll look "rich" and "chic" and "stylish".
Fashion prices continue to rise while their quality decreases. Gucci is what comes to mind here. Their clothes are RUBBISH, yet their prices are insanely high. They're priced AT LEAST 200% more than what they're worth.
I will GLADLY and HAPPILY pay hundreds/thousands of dollars for designer of clothing that is actually worth it. Unless you're a label's ambassador, buying overpriced clothing just for "brand image" is just shallow.

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“Sometimes I think the people who buy our clothes live in a parallel universe. Hell, we can’t even afford our clothes.” - Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez admits that high fashion is high priced.

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As it's been said, Chanel is not a brand of which we can say the prices are all that overhyped.
Quality is impeccable, they ensure a constant brand buzz that is in no way cheap (how much does it cost to fly an army of +30 topmodels to the other side of the world, for an average 1/2 minute on the runway?), and they treat customers extremely well.
Chanel doesn't just hand you a glass of champagne when you are a client. They throw events and parties to which you are invited, send Christmas gifts (perfumes, flowers, silk squares...), they welcome you to visit their showrooms, late store openings... they keep a very VERY close relationship with a large number of their clients (this is not just a TOP10 big spenders kind of thing).
I've bought Chanel for many years and since 2008 the quality has drastically decreased. It is not worth today's prices.
I've bought pieces without inspecting them, got home and had to return them because the bag was uneven, the clothing stitching was loose etc. They immediately exchange it without even looking but the fact I have to now inspect every item unlike before is rather concerning.
For one bag they were happy to exchange it but the other one was even more uneven and of course Sydney was the only Australian boutique to receive the bag and I wasn't going to wait for an Asia Pacific version when 2 of the bags were already off.

No amount of champagne or christmas gifts compensates for a constant stream of mistakes.

However, I do agree the brand keeps up its' reputation and the resale value is high though it is unwarranted for newer items.

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^ Yeah, I don't like being forced into the role of unpaid inspector either. I haven't felt like that about a brand before, but I did feel that way about an online retailer that shipped known defective merchandise. And once when I bought a mattress (and not a cheap one either), it had a number of defective springs, so I had to take immediate advantage of my guarantee. I wondered if I were the first to take delivery of these defective items.

In these cases, I simply don't do business with those retailers again.

Have you considered switching away from Chanel? Or just buying vintage?

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In these cases, I simply don't do business with those retailers again.

Have you considered switching away from Chanel? Or just buying vintage?
In one instance I bought a diary that had a huge scratch all down the inside flap. I didn't even open the box for 2 or so months and when I did I was furious. $1300 for a scratched diary. I didn't even bother complaining because I was just so angry. So many things wrong with their newer stock.

I have permanently switched to hermes now except for a few vintage jewellery pieces I buy from resellers.

If people want to buy from chanel I totally support them but in Australia you definitely need to check the stock before you pay.

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I would think it would be cheaper to hire your own tailor/seamstress to make bespoke clothing than to buy brand name luxury items. You would not only be guaranteed a truly one-of-a-kind look, but you could be assured of quality work. Awhile back, I read a blog of an ex-pat teacher who worked in Thailand, and she reported that if you made even a little more money than most people, it was expected that you pay someone to sew your clothing for you. Kind of like what I've heard about Brazil, where everyone has a maid/housekeeper, including those who work as maids and housekeepers.

I suppose if it's all about the label sewn into it, this just won't do. But if the quality of mass luxury goes down while the prices go up, I can see smaller designers and ateliers who design strictly for a local and limited clientele drawing more business. There are loads of local designers and tailors everywhere who aren't looking to rule the entire world of high fashion.

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'Louis Vuitton's prices are just too extreme': Kanye West takes a stand against the famous French fashion brand

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...#ixzz2j6bHloWD

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^ It's good to see Kanye speaking out about something so truly important. What will his next issue be, I wonder? I think it should be something to do with floral prints.

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'Louis Vuitton's prices are just too extreme': Kanye West takes a stand against the famous French fashion brand

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...#ixzz2j6bHloWD
thats so cool to see someone like him speaking out about this!!

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when I see some woman walking down the street, their outfit are completely honest because they have just dressed in 'designer' gear. i personally believe fashion, and being 'fashionable' is about styling what you have! I think its fair if you want to buy yourself something special, like a chanel bag, something your going to keep for a life time. but people who are constantly purchasing new season designer clothing, i just feel bad for them because I feel many of them are just self concious about their personal style and are trying to compensate for the fact that they cant style themselves! I know that's a bit of a generalization and their are people who aren't like that, but it does seem a bit ridiculous!

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I'm going to throw my two cents into this.
I think we all know that designer items are generally "overpriced", but we like them anyway. Some stuff is worth it, some is definitely not worth it. For example, I would rather spend $400 on an AllSaints jacket(not a cheap store by any means, either) than $400 on a thin, cotton tee from Dolce with an image I can find on google.
That being said, I am the first to admit I like wearing designer clothing. I like wearing labels I'm a big fan of. I work retail part time, so I don't have an abundance of cash to spend on luxury items. I don't own anything terribly expensive.(my most expensive pieces are probably a Versace collection sweater and Dsquared shoes. Both of which were gifts.)
I don't really like to shop at places like h&m etc either. I feel that EVERYONE shops there and everyone looks the same. I don't really like to dress like others.
I tend to seek out good sales.
Most recently, I managed to pick up a John Varvatos USA peace polo for 30$. Usually 100$. And a Billy Reid polo for the same price.
I generally like clothing from labels like John Varvatos, Diesel, Allsaints etc. still pretty pricey sometimes, but more affordable.
I've splurged on stuff Solely for the name, as I'm sure a lot of people have. Im aware that it's basically just for the name, but honestly...sometimes it just makes you feel good to wear whatever designer piece. No matter how small. I recently paid over $50 on a pair of Versace underwear. Are they any different than most underwear? No. In fact, they're not even the best pair I own, but I love wearing them. I'm a big versace fan and can't really afford their stuff, so it makes me feel good to own a little something from them.
I think if it makes you feel good and you're not hurting anyone(or yourself, financially) then by all means, go buy that over priced shirt. As long as you're aware that it's the styling that matters and not the name. Wearing designer labels does not automatically make you "fashionable".
I also think it's a great thing to mix high and lower priced brands.
AND don't be turned off by gender marketing. Just because youre a man, doesn't mean you can't buy something that is geared toward women. Find it in a size that fits you, and own it. It's your life. Your clothes.

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^ That is actually the perfect post. Thanks for that - it was a good read!

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