Investment Worthy :: Brocade Rosegold & Coldpress Green

Happy weekend, my dears! Often I hear friends complain how expensive designer clothing are, “what a rip-off!”, they often exclaim. I use to think the same, until I learned a lot more about the business side of running a company, even creatives like the fashion designers, cannot escape the laws of profitability.

Designer clothing are not meant to be mass produced, largely because of the fabric, design, techniques involved are cost-prohibitive. In order to cover all thinkable costs (let’s don’t forget the nice intern who chauffeur you to your seat at the fashion show ) and still have enough for the next season, the limited production have to carry a price tag that is probably three to four times material & labor. When I scored a designer runway piece at ~ 30% of the original price, I know I “ripped” someone else off.Petiteflowerpresents Maison Martin Margeila-9Petiteflowerpresents Maison Martin Margeila-5

What I am wearing in today’s post are such pieces, the brocade fabric can only be described using one word: exquisite. Even a close-up high-def picture couldn’t do it justice because the pattern is actually 3-D. I was first drawn to the color and the little embellishment around the hip when I saw it online, once I touched the fabric, I knew it was a keeper. Same could be said about the knit sweater. To be honest, there are many hand-knit cable sweaters in the market, it take a knitter to know how much work actually goes into one. After much comparison, I went with this Maison Margiela one because there was nothing else quite like it.
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To put things in better perspective, I want to share with you a custom tailoring experience I once had. I came across a runway skirt by Simon Rocha I love but at over a $1,000 a piece, it was too much, and I didn’t want to wait 6 to 8 months before it hits the shelf, either. My tailor said they could make something similar for me, so I bought the finest silk materials I could manage online (the original design was in silk taffeta), a month later, I have this skirt. Not exactly the same as the pictured piece, still I was pretty happy to pay the $400. Petiteflowerpresents Maison Martin Margeila-3

Reason all you want, you say, I could / will never pay that much for clothes! I got that, but maybe you are paying $10 for a bottle of cold-pressed juice, $5 for a cup of coffee, $300 for fix-menu dinner…at the end of the day, things we enjoy the most is worthy the investment, tacky, but true.Petiteflowerpresents Maison Martin Margeila-2

Thank you so much for reading! See you in my next post!

(Maison Martin Margiela sweater; McQ blouse; No.21 pants<similar>; Gianvito Rossi pumps; Hermes bag; Marni flower pin; Eddie Borgo bracelet;)

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6 comments on “Investment Worthy :: Brocade Rosegold & Coldpress Green

    1. petiteflower

      Thank you, Erica! I don’t have many metallic shoes because I feel they were too dressy but these days, metallic for day look is totally acceptable. so yay! 🙂

  1. Kate

    Love your pictures, especially the last one. When I was at University I used to save almost all the money that my parents were giving me for living to buy nice clothes. I couldn’t afford really classy pieces so I was splurging on jeans and underwear. I used to eat horrible things back then 🙂 Now I don’t have to eat horrible things, but I still don’t understand cheap clothes and really expensive food.
    http://www.doll-memories.com

    1. petiteflower

      Thank you, Kate. You and I on the same boat then. My guess is I was born with sharper eyes than taste buds. 😀

  2. Carrie

    Beautiful, beautiful, my friend!

    Budgets and price points are so relative. We all have our unique situations and personal priorities.

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

    1. petiteflower

      So true. At the end of the day, we channel our resources towards the things making us most happy, whatever they might be, then they are well spent.