Originally Posted by JLibourel
Kinda doubt that there would be that much of a market for it. One forumite did an analysis on the Andy Forum and determined that the 10 Advanced Members made 34% of all posts, the Advanced Members and the Super Members (36, I think) accounted for 67% of all posts, and the one hundred most frequent posters accounted for 84% of all posts. Thus, out of the total membership between five and six thousand, a tiny minority is responsible for most of the activity. I don't know what the stats would be for SF--and it would be hard to compile them because of the blowout--but I suspect they would be similar. Most men are just not that interested in decent clothes. Notice how the magazines like Esquire and GQ that are supposed to be devoted in large measure to sartorial topics have to spice up their editorial material with sexy women and general interest articles that are in no way germane to clothing.
Not trying to argue but I want to play devil's advocate to your post...
Your post is just ask andy. How does anyone even find that website? I don't know how I found it, worse yet, I found this website through ask andy. That doesn't say much for the exposure of the sites. Is that because of lack of interest or bad placement on the net? I have noticed that style.com (men's section) has a very strong fashion forum. It lacks good info and any kind of moderation which has to scare people away. It gets a lot of exposure, partly because of the women's section and it is, what I would consider, a high profile site.
I don't think that those magazines you mentioned have to do what they do to stay profitable. I think they do that to expand their audience and make much more money. Take Arena Homme for example. That was a great, all men's fashion mag. In the past it was all clothing and a very big mag. Now it has added more sex, articles, and w hatnot. I don't think the mag was going to go out of business anytime soon but - more money.
I also think that there has been poor marketing to men. Men don't go for high fashion shows. That is a turn off for men. A good site would include instruction on various things, shows explaining clothing and looks done in a non threatening way, also the meaning behind clothes and the history. I think clothing can be presented to men in an educational, easy to understand, non-threatening way and be much more successful than it is now.
I have thought about this before and I think it could be successful. It is a niche market which could grow. Maybe not huge but I think there are more concerned men than one thinks. They are just lost and can't find their way.
Plus, there could be shows like:
Trad vs. Mod Mud wrestling at the Beer Garden
The leather vs. rubber sole extravaganza
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