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Not that this answers your question, but it reminds me of when I worked at a mid level retail store when I started college. There were several male employees(age 22-30) that worked there, and I remember we were a bit in awe of them. They would rip customers apart based on how they looked, and they always had the newest designer clothing. We were getting paid like $6 an hour, and at the time and I couldn't even afford the clothing in our store, let alone the the newest Gucci loafer. I think we must have assumed the managers were earning $$$ when in reality it was like $26k, hardly enough to even pay rent, bills, and a car payment. After I left there, I found out later one was arrested for stealing from the company, and another filed bankruptcy. I learned a lot of lessons from that experience. I mean, how big of a jackass can you be judging people, when you are wearing everything placed on a charge card or that you got for free? I love fashion, but I do think material items can consume people. There are some people that I want to say slow down, you don't need 5 Chloe bags, take some of that money and go see the world! There is so much you could be expanding about yourself. I think I got on another tangent, sorry!

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Well.. these days i often think about this. I see so many really young (teenager) Japanese girls carrying LV bags. I'm sure most of them received those bags not from their dads...

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^ Oh well, I used my mom's Chanel bag once during my graduation dinner

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well, money don't buy style.. i see it so much if you look really trendy looking like you stepped out of H&M but carrying a Chanel bag.. it does not make you better than anyone.

I know I am privileged.. but I come from a family of money so I don't chase IT items as much... or at least i hope I don't.

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^ Oh well, I used my mom's Chanel bag once during my graduation dinner
I'm sure they don't borrow it from mom either.

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I remember reading that Isabella Blow (RIP ) bought an entire collection (Jean Paul Gaultier, I believe) and it took her two years to pay back all of the debt.
It was Alexander McQueen's thesis collection [hope someone hasn't already posted this]

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Yes, I wondered that too. I worked as a sales assistant in a boutique where people would spend more than 5,000€ in just one bag and a dress during the sales period. The city where I live is not that big, so I wonder where do they get the money from...

What I learnt while working there is that Zara is great, lol. Nearly all the clothes by Prada, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and the other brands they had there had been copied by Zara and the price was, obviously, much more affordable.

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i carry a notebook with me at all times...
i do alot of window shopping...
try things on, and write it down, then go back and look at my closet and decide if it works before buying...
i also attend trunk shows and previews...check things out before buying...
i also go to sample sales and scour ebay...
it's great for finding last seaon's stuff; i recently got a pair of proenza schouler shoes for almost 80% off retail...

i also mix the designer stuff with pieces from zara, j.crew, club monaco, banana, etc...

i work full time, and have one credit card that is for emergencies only...
i buy all my clothes on my debit card or cash, so if i can't afford it, i don't get it...

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I make most of my clothes, it may take a lot longer, but it costs a lot cheaper and i have my own unique look.

With the money I save making clothes, I splurge on shoes.
If i do find designer things, it's often on ebay, or yoox, where the prices are a lot cheaper. But I also think about quality, the original price, how often I will wear it, how many different looks I can get out of it. In other words longevity.

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Not that this answers your question, but it reminds me of when I worked at a mid level retail store when I started college. There were several male employees(age 22-30) that worked there, and I remember we were a bit in awe of them. They would rip customers apart based on how they looked, and they always had the newest designer clothing. We were getting paid like $6 an hour, and at the time and I couldn't even afford the clothing in our store, let alone the the newest Gucci loafer. I think we must have assumed the managers were earning $$$ when in reality it was like $26k, hardly enough to even pay rent, bills, and a car payment. After I left there, I found out later one was arrested for stealing from the company, and another filed bankruptcy. I learned a lot of lessons from that experience. I mean, how big of a jackass can you be judging people, when you are wearing everything placed on a charge card or that you got for free? I love fashion, but I do think material items can consume people. There are some people that I want to say slow down, you don't need 5 Chloe bags, take some of that money and go see the world! There is so much you could be expanding about yourself. I think I got on another tangent, sorry!
You are so right, I had an experience like that with my bro when he was buying an Iceberg shirt (when it was good) and the cashier, says, "Can you even afford that?" And I shot back, "Can you??" And my bro paid for the shirt.. IN CASH.

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Hmm, as for the source of income for designer brands I can honestly say I work for it. However I will admit that my parents often give me money.

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I think it's all about priorities. If you work, even at a half-decent paying job and save wisely, one can afford a few designer pieces every now and then.

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Well.. these days i often think about this. I see so many really young (teenager) Japanese girls carrying LV bags. I'm sure most of them received those bags not from their dads...
i'm sure they're from somewhere in asia. my friend came back from the phillipines with an exact replica of the black and white quilted chanel bag that cost her like 5$ .

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^ Yeah, but Japanese are a little more sensitive if it's about buying fake stuff. It's not sexy.

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i carry a notebook with me at all times...
i do alot of window shopping...
try things on, and write it down, then go back and look at my closet and decide if it works before buying...
i also attend trunk shows and previews...check things out before buying...
i also go to sample sales and scour ebay...
it's great for finding last seaon's stuff; i recently got a pair of proenza schouler shoes for almost 80% off retail...

i also mix the designer stuff with pieces from zara, j.crew, club monaco, banana, etc...

i work full time, and have one credit card that is for emergencies only...
i buy all my clothes on my debit card or cash, so if i can't afford it, i don't get it...
Thank you for the tips. I also mix and match. I think a person has to be a good shopper. Even if it means waiting until the item goes on sale.

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