Originally Posted by Brian SD
Stealth wealth is generally something that I live by (only because I don't like excessive branding, except in very few cases). However, there are two things that annoy me about it now.
1) The e-peen factor. Let's just say, there may have been a few kids out there who were xcoldricex customers (as an example) and picked up some PBJs, or Loopwheeler ish, and their knowledge and/or appreciation of the product doesn't really go beyond the props they get for posting detailed pictures on internet forums. To them, there may be some satisfaction of wearing these hyper-expensive plain items because it probably is a form of elitism (Ringring said it was high quality!)
2) What LA Guy was talking about... the tiny details that only "in the know" kids will catch onto (again touching on elitism) and the self-satisfaction that comes with "knowing" to yourself that you're better dressed than everyone around you, they just aren't cool enough to have figured it out yet. Who cares if no one compliments you on your style anymore? You KNOW you're way better dressed than these uncool kids.
I think Loopwheeler is the ultimate sealth wealth brand that has both #1 and #2 represented online (no offense to jonglover, I still love LW myself).
100% agree. For the most this whole idea of getting into quality clothing/accessories, for me, started because I wanted a pair of 47 repros for the rockabilly aspect. Upon buying them I noticed the quality of construction and began to look into other clothing items that are well constructed, but subtle in display, like the alden indy boots. I think it also has to do with the fact that I am very nostalgic. I like the way stuff was made at the turn of the 20th century up until the 1950s. The sad thing about me getting those 47s is that I could never go back to wearing regular 501s, which were a staple for me in highschool. My purchases are few and far between though.