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post #16 of 27
When you're talking about your average designer shirt or top, most don't have any logos, or if they do they're very small. That's a good thing. I hate bold branding on my clothes. D&G and some others often ruin their shirts with branding.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by benchan
I came across the term "stealth wealth" on Forbes yrs ago, and the examples it gave were something like "cashmere socks and underwear
cashmere underwear? hahahaha.
post #18 of 27
"Stealth Wealth", it's one of my favorite terms!.

Handmade Cobb shoes
A bespoke Saville Row shirt with a worn through colar (sleeves rolled to elbows).
Classic Cartier Watch handed down 2 generations
Expensive Cologne from an eccentric Aunt who lives in Knightsbridge
Worn 501's tailored to fit at your Saville Row Suit Maker

Driving around in one of your fathers classic Aston Martins on the country estate at 11am already wasted on expensive Cognac.

"What a life"!
post #19 of 27
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).
post #20 of 27
I prefer the cashmere underwear definition. If it requires its own label then it’s already kinda queerish. I enjoy the idea of superlative quality and construction coupled with under branding. But that secret squirrel shit is silly IMO. Case in point, the other SF (which I try to limit my exposure to) recently had a thread where poster where “SuperSpotting” (or whatever term they used) each other. The day I dress myself so I can be “SuperSpotted” someone please “Super –Put me out of my misery”.
post #21 of 27
Well, I can understand the logic behind that and my favourite brands generally don't have conspicuous logos or anything. But, I think one should buy what you like, and try not to fit into some gay little club. It's the same with these indie nerds who try so desperately hard to be into the most obscure bands possible to impress their friends with black plastic rectangular glasses. If quality is what you're after, then kudos to you.
post #22 of 27
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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.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by rnrswitch
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.

nicely put. I'm definitely on your wagonride as well.
post #24 of 27
I guess I'm stealth weath by default. I like very high quality things but I really don't want people to know how much I spent on them. In the area and time when I grew up displays of wealth were looked down upon. Even though there was pretty wide variation between what families made we all drove pretty much the same cars, lived in pretty similar houses and work basically the same clothes. Being flashy was bad and that's always stuck with me. I don't have any problem spending $2-300 on a pair of jeans (though I haven't yet) but I don't really want anybody to know that's what I spent.
post #25 of 27
the elitist aspect of "stealth wealth" bothers me. the quality side i can understand though.

still, i'll bet there are some people on the SF, either active or lurking, that can take what it costs for one LW hoodie, walk into a couple of thrift stores, and put an outfit together that'll put most of us to shame. i'd take that over "stealth wealth" any day of the week.

-Jeff
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by gamelan
the elitist aspect of "stealth wealth" bothers me. the quality side i can understand though.

still, i'll bet there are some people on the SF, either active or lurking, that can take what it costs for one LW hoodie, walk into a couple of thrift stores, and put an outfit together that'll put most of us to shame. i'd take that over "stealth wealth" any day of the week.

-Jeff

The elitism of "stealth wealth" is really unavoidable. Pretty much anything requiring specialized knowledge (actual or perceived) has an element of elitism to it. It's sort of silly, but otherwise harlmess, imo.
post #27 of 27
Valextra.
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