If I wanted to look like everyone else, I'd go back to shopping at gap.
True, but I know plenty of people who spend next to nothing on clothes, but are very individually stylish. On the other side of the coin, I know just as many people who throw piles of money at trends and labels, and end up looking like everyone else. Case in point, I recently attended a party thrown by, and for, the 'in crowd'. Plenty of money to throw around, no doubt, but three guys were wearing the exact same designer shirt. As we know, it's all about how you put it together.
the day everyone starts wearing cashmere will be a sad day. It'll be yet another example of something that was once special being transformed in to ordinary.
I don't get it. If it reaches the stage where someone has the choice between an inexpensive wool sweater and an equally inexpensive cashmere sweater, and the cashmere sweater is more comfortable, why not? It's like saying, 'Man, it's a sad day now that everyone gets to sleep in a bed.'
Â Everything was a luxury once... Someone wearing a cheap cashmere sweater isn't going to make yours cheap too, and it's not going to make Zegna or Loro Piana throw up their hands and surrender. Once consumers as a whole start buying big - just like TVs, DVD players, and whatever - prices will go down, at all levels. No doubt, the big guns of the textile industry will keep researching and breeding to stay competitive, and for the price of your (X
) micron designer sweater today, you'll get an (X
minus 1) micron sweater in a few years. Everybody wins. Maybe vicuna or escorial will become the new cashmere. Progress in a capitalist society is, for want of a better word, good
. In a communist society, we'd all be wearing sackcloth sweaters, and all the Kashmir goats would've been burned for fuel.
We could change the name - if the fibers are thicker than some arbitrary number of microns, then we just call it something else. The schlubs get the comfort, the snobs get to keep the name. Pretty pointless, though. Most people just buy their clothes and wear them because they're comfortable, who cares if they think they're wearing super-high-grade cashmere when it's 'just' Land's End or BR? Who goes around saying, 'Hey, check out my cashmere sweater', anyway? If you know anyone like that, rich or poor, then they can be safely ignored. On a related (but less flamewar-inducing) note, does anyone have an opinion on Charles Tyrwhitt's 4-ply cashmere sweaters? The company's shirts are nice - at a discount - and I was considering picking up a cashmere v-neck when they have one of their inevitable half-price sales... Cheers, Nick.