Originally Posted by in stitches
I think it's a case of an educated consumer saying to themselves, this is totally worth the price but I can't usually afford it. Now that I can't afford it I will buy as many as I can.
I think there is something to say about the options for the educated consumer as well.
It is far easier for iGents like us to acquire GGs from England, saving a little bit in return, and getting the model we definitely wanted. At around 1k (ex. from Bespoke England) that is a fair price for the exact model i would wanted. At around 1.2K, i think GG MTO prices are quite fair, especially considering how much they allow you to customize.
Having said that, i would not be persuaded to buy GGs at Barneys for 1.2K retail, in a model i didn't love and a size that was not my exact one. Honestly, as an informed Barneys customer, it would be hard to swallow buying GGs (or JL for that matter) at any other time than their yearly markdown sale.
Like i mentioned before, i don't mind paying full price for a pair of GGs, without compromise in style and fit. Not necessarily a matter of value in the brand, but in the circumstance...