Originally Posted by Mr. Moo
SF is VERY different from the real life and the real world where we all actually live. Here, brand names are the shit - but only the right brand names. Armani Exchange, D&G, Gucci are all brands that have nice pieces, and in my community (Russian) people will fawn over an ugly Gucci shoe much more than a nice Alden shoe. Do I care? Of course not. But I could buy a nice Gucci shoe, and come to SF and people will shit on it just because it's not G&G or MA+ or whatever SF is into that week. Groupthink drives the brand whore/label love that is so prominent on this forum. For better or worse. This is how I see the Groupthink.
I actually have nice Gucci stuff, and some pretty nice Prada shoes as well. I also have some really decent early John Varvatos stuff. There is actually a leather bracelet from the present collection that is really well made, and which I really like.
There are guys on the forum (Rye GB (now mostly absent), Fuuma, Rach, off the top of my head,) whose fashion memories are considerably longer than one cycle, and who tend to be less dogmatic about what brands and styles are "acceptable" than many members.