Originally Posted by LA Guy
One of the great things about the forum is the community atmosphere here. Both Andrews (Portnoy and Harris) have been invaluable members of the forum.
I think that recent problems with some rather insidious trolls have put everyone on edge. The Vass USA vs. Globalization fiasco certainly hasn't helped matters any. I've had to do more moderation in the last couple of weeks since the Days of Ernest.
Finally, let's remember that just because some members are involved in the clothing industry doesn't mean that they have an ulterior motive for their participation on the forum. Andrew Harris, the most obvious example, has made invaluable posts to the forum. I do not begrudge (obvously) Andrew Portnoy for bringing a deal to the forum's attention. However, it is hardly fair to cast aspersions on Gabor Halmos for protecting his livelihood. That is just sour grapes. Like I wrote in another thread, I hate the fact that there is a North American distributor for Nudie jeans that puts my favorite models out of my price range. On the other hand, I understand that the dude is just having to make a living, and I don't begrudge that.
Let's all just take a deep breath and everyone collect their tempers, okay?
I haven't said a word about this whole mess, but I'd say that this perspective sums up my feelings perfectly. The first time I saw the post on the German retailer, I was almost certain that leak in the distribution channel would be plugged sooner or later. Aportnoy was trying to do most of us a good turn in revealing the source, but it was no surprise nor injustice when Vass tightened distribution.
Finally, for a bunch of men gathered to talk about fine clothing, tailoring, formal dress and decorum, we certainly can be a prissy, bitchy bunch. Maybe we need to start acting like "men," whatever that means.