Originally Posted by Fuuma
I don't "compromise" or replace one article with another one from another designer, I get what I want and it is mostly about specific pieces from specific designers in specific materials. I don't care all that much about "quality" (its gotta meet some standards but I do buy some stuff that is, for example, very fragile) except if it is part of the brand mythos and thus gives me some sort of psychological satisfaction.
This is also me in a nutshell, except that I will also look for specific types of construction in specific types of pieces - for example, flatlock stitching on henleys, because 1) I like the look, and 2) I like the nod towards the construction on the original 2 or 3 button military undershirts they were based on. I don't really care about quality, but my lifestyle is a little more rough and tumble than Fuuma's, so I require that my clothes have a little bit of durability, or else I'd never get to wear them, though there are some pieces that I bought more because they were beautiful than because I'd ever have the occasion to wear them.
Clothing is not art, (though others may disagree,) but self-expression is artistic, and there is so much more to this than "quality", for most people. To try to describe the relationship between value and quality is an exercise in