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