What I look for more than anything is that "Live and let live" attitude. LA has that in spades. I can't think of any place on the East Coast that is truly like that, including NYC. Ignoring people, and being actually open, are completely different things. I think that part of it is that LA is a true car culture, and that is where people get their space. So there is no need for the defense mechanisms that people in congested cities develop to survive, like the public transportation 1000 yard stare. When you are near people in LA, it's because you chose to be there. I have walked (well, run) the length of 3rd street between downtown and Beverly Hills without meeting a single person.
I have felt similar things in some parts of Arizona. And oddly enough, in Idaho, or at least in Moscow ID, I feel that as well. There are old hippies, really conservative farmers, Evangelical Christians, guns rights nuts, militant atheists, all living in actual harmony. There is a sense that "Yes, that person's ideas are stupid, but so what? He is my neighbor/friend."
I could never live in any part of Europe that I've visited. I could, and would, visit, many places, but ultimately, because in Europe, nationality and ethnicity are, to a large degree, correlated, I think that I'd always feel the part of an unwelcome interloper, at worst, and an interesting oddity, at best. I remember walking with a girl (white, usually local, sometimes American) in Norway, or in France, or in Italy, or in Germany, and I always had the feeling that I was constantly being scrutinized in a not so friendly way.
That's why your sn is LA Guy. I like nyc but only to visit, I find people try hard to fit into the new yorker mold and think it's the greatest city ever. The only place I could possibly see living might be London but the weather is shit so probably not. One of my buddies who is a big time cigar merchant in London comes to LA once a year with his family and stays for 4-5 weeks. He absolutely loves it, so much so that he has an american flag flying next to his british flag at his house. He even got some chucks and wayfarers so he fits in perfectly until you hear him talk.
That sounds pretty cool to me but not gonna argue.
I lived in Phoenix until I was 29. It's a desolate shthole of a city. There is nothing to do but drink, eat, and shop – which wouldn't be so bad if the people there weren't mainly employed by some aspirtionally-oligarchical LLC and actually had things to discuss other than their social circles, children, or mortgages.
There's no culture. The arts district is one street with 6 murals on it. There's nothing serious, innovative, or evocative in any of it. If Ralph Lauren Chaps were a city, it would be Phoenix.
Everyone I've ever known from Phoenix with any interest in the outside world leaves because they can't find anything they're looking for there.
However, if you love parking lots, strip malls, and golf courses – I guess it wouldn't be so bad.
where should I point my radar if I want to find a MMM 5-zip from one of the older seasons with the more boxy cut? rakuten? Not a fan of the current taper but 5-zip overall seems like a great all purpose leather.
laugh at Farfetch's valuation if you want, but the guys leading the latest round of funding, the $86 million that just closed, are DST Global. some of the other companies they've invested in: Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Flipkart, Spotify, and AirBnB. these guys aren't dummies. they know what they're doing.
the great thing about Farfetch as a business plan is that they don't have to hold any inventory. they just enable stores with their platform. it's a low-risk proposition that works great.
This logic is how a bubble develops.
People hear that "Jeff is in" on some startup and Jeff is a billionaire and he didn't get that way by being a fool with his money. It must be a good investment right? So everyone else wants in too. Then "everyone else is in" becomes the driver for more people wanting in. That is how you end up with Uber valued at over $40+ billion. Great company, great service, but not worth $40+ billion.
I am not the only one asking the Farfetch valuation question....
Also the fact that Farfetch holds no inventory and just has a platform cuts both ways -- It means that cost of entry for new competitors is low. Someone else can undercut them by creating their own platform and taking a lower commission from the boutiques. Easier said than done, but it isn't like someone trying to break into the cable industry or the airline industry, where there are huge upfront capital costs.
I buy a lot of clothes off Farfetch and love it, for what it is worth.