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post #86026 of 103401
I don't really get how getting a credit card makes you spend more. I spend what I spend, it's not based on what I have available. Maybe that's not normal. And I guess it's possible that when you get used to always losing your paycheck to bills, etc, you feel surprised when that doesn't happen, and you spend the extra anyway.
post #86027 of 103401
can you guys stop talking about credit card debt

it's depressing me
post #86028 of 103401
CC Debt: I lived off a credit card when I moved to NYC cause I was unemployed with no savings. Ran up a lot of debt, but being able to support myself while looking for a job ended up with my landing the job that I always wanted. Obviously not the same for everyone but the debt I ran up was totally worth it for me... even though Im still paying it off.
post #86029 of 103401
why not just buy groceries / whatever on CC and pay it from your phone while walking back. don't even need to use it for bigger purchases if not necessary. prob cash back would be smartest but i like the idea of trillions of freq flyer miles.
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I specifically tell the writers to ask them about their ideas about design and about the business of fashion.  These are things with which designers are intimately familiar.  I steer clear of subjects like philosophy and world politics. 

yeah that's understandable , i assumed as much. it probably came off sounding worse than i intended it to but oh well.
actually, ending with questions on philosophy and world politics could be rather hilarious , especially if you take on designers with a penchant for preaching
*ehem*

then again it would purely be for my own entertainment so ....
Edited by zapatiste - 11/4/13 at 8:24am
post #86030 of 103401
if you question your discipline, seriously, get a charge card (like an amex). you have no choice, but you build your credit and get cash back/reward points/amex return policy ($$$$).
post #86031 of 103401

Here's a RFT.  I had to kill some time in Bloomingdales a few weeks back so I checked out the men's section.  They have this area dedicated to Sandro with like, Sandro brand ambassador employees that only focus on that brand.  I was poking around and the guy stops me to talk about a knit or whatever, then he asks me where I'm from.

 

I have no accent or anything so I'm just like "uh... here?" and he acts all surprised and says he "doesn't know anybody from New York that wears shoes like that."  I was wearing my Balenciaga sneakers so I tell him they're just old Balenciagas, and I'm standing there shaking my head thinking, "you know, the brand who makes the shoes your brand is explicitly ripping off with the pairs lined up right next to you that you're supposed to be intimately familiar with."

 

I wouldn't expect any more, so I'm not holding it against him, but it just really further divided in my head how removed Bloomingdales is from any other department store that carries designer clothing.  It's still catering to a very specific crowd that still wants to buy John Varvatos or Theory I guess, if he has somehow never encountered anyone from New York that would wear shoes on a "CP" sole.

post #86032 of 103401
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I've been thinking of working with one of the oldest Aran sweater brands in the world, to get them to make cuts that would work for non-fishermen, but in the same super tough wools.  Prices would be cheaper than SNS Herning, Inis Meain, etc... probably in the $200-$250 range for the top of the line stuff.  Would you guys be interested?

tell me more
post #86033 of 103401
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Originally Posted by superego View Post

not taught, but it does evolve and/or develop. can't teach something subjective

Of course you can, most of what we teach is subjective, thankfully good taste is historically determined but not subjective so we don't even have to ask ourselves that question.
post #86034 of 103401
Some of those old knitters are better than others. I had high hopes for the Steven Alan West End Knitwear sweaters from last year but in person wasn't really impressed.
post #86035 of 103401
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I've been thinking of working with one of the oldest Aran sweater brands in the world, to get them to make cuts that would work for non-fishermen, but in the same super tough wools.  Prices would be cheaper than SNS Herning, Inis Meain, etc... probably in the $200-$250 range for the top of the line stuff.  Would you guys be interested?

post #86036 of 103401
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

Taste and opinions are intersubjective, not purely subjective: they are relational and the ongoing result of multiple interactions and conversations: this thread is one example of the evolution of taste. And yes, you can teach people to have better taste and better opinions (or at least to develop better foundations for both).

Ya, and you might notice that, while liking or disliking a specific item (margiela 5 zip) is quite subjective, having a coherent yet diverse assemblage of cultural interests supported by a strong narrative is basically the very easy to spot indicator of having high cultural capital.
post #86037 of 103401
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

It's possible that she's just not that intelligent.  Above average intellect is not a prerequisite for being a good designer.

The concept of the romantic poet may be a bit silly, but it's definitely powerful.  

There is no need to apologize for her.  Unless she is playing some elaborate joke, which doesn't really seem to be the case here, she did mean to be serious.  Again, just because someone is talented doesn't necessarily mean that they are particularly intelligent or insightful or articulate.  She could just be good at making clothes.  

Don't back down.  I agree with you that her statement is just whackadoodle.  It doesn't take away from the fact that she is a very gifted designer.  I think that a SZ level investment in the designer as "someone who has something to say" is naive.  Clothes are clothes.  The people who make make them well are good at making clothes.  Doesn't mean that they have any particular talent in anything else.  Do you expect that a great violinist is going to tell you the secrets of life?  Does David's Beckham's "football intelligence" imply in any way that you should make him your spiritual guide?

She does have something to say, what is naive is thinking that she'll masticate it for you by using statements instead of having you tease it out of the collections she designs. I mean I don't need to know what Brancusi has to say about his work, I just have to see the work.
post #86038 of 103401
That feeling when you find something surprisingly great from a company you didn't expect from and when it's already a good deal you make it better.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #86039 of 103401
That's a seductive analogy (esp in that it is flattering to people who see themselves as "getting it") but artists (and designers--possibly similar but not the same) talk about their work all the time and it's not unreasonable to draw some conclusions about them and their work from their ability or inability to do so, just as it's not ridiculous to still see value in the work of people who do interesting things but are inarticulate in discussing them
post #86040 of 103401
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post


She does have something to say, what is naive is thinking that she'll masticate it for you by using statements instead of having you tease it out of the collections she designs. I mean I don't need to know what Brancusi has to say about his work, I just have to see the work.

She probably has something to say with her designs.  She could be highly intuitive, but verbally inarticulate and lacking in analytical abilities, and that her statement does her work a disservice.  I didn't ask her to masticate whatever it is she is trying to convey through her work.  She decided to do it of her own accord.  I had no say in the matter.  Maybe she should just let her clothes speak for themselves rather than sticking us with a statement that reads like it came from the liner notes of a shitty band.

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