So, I've worked on fashion copy, and I know what you mean about it being hard to do well and easy to get lazy at.
That's not what I personally objected to though. It's the stuff that was specifically written for the audience buying the stuff that made me feel gross. That someone would want a mini-me, and that it's cute that some poor kid is super careful to not spill his juicebox on his cashmere sweater, is the part that is sorta gross to me.
I quoted this specific section on purpose:
"No sparkles, sequins, or superheroes.
We think kids should have options—so
we’ve ditched the embellishments in favor
of mini versions of our most essential styles.
Added bonus: Parents can now dress their
kids like they dress themselves."
because it really takes what the kids want completely out of the equation and says "Hey bougie parents, BONUS, now you can make your kids look like you." For me, as a parent who wants to encourage his kids to express themselves how they'd like, it's completely missed the mark. I the opposite of want to impose my tastes on my children.
I'm with you, that kind of "stylish kids" bullshit is prevalent now and this is where this comes from. I mean I sometimes had to wear suits when I was a kid but that was for special events, if you're 6 you want to wear a roman legionnaire outfit not some stupid cashmere sweater.
Yep, to get rid of the middleman, they'd have to get rid of themselves. There's zero difference actually between what the structure of their supply chain vs what J Crew does - or for that matter what we do. There isn't any less link in their chain.
At their price point I assume they might not even deal with multiple factories themselves but maybe with some main one that produces some pieces then dispatches others to various smaller outfits. In other words same as everyone else.
They're taking on Marc Jacobs and Chanel in the Veblen Goods arena.
EDIT: Maybe not. Knit deer leather is cool.
Let me get on this shoe-hate train.
- the vast majority of all sandals
- New Balance worn as a would-be fashion statement instead of the mundane utilitarian garbage it is
- most Converse shoes on most people (but kids and the folks who look utterly natural in them get a pass as far as I'm concerned)
- boat shoes
- almost everything with a moccasin seam around the upper toe, including most loafers
- Buscemi shoes with handbag detailing
- men's boots with feminine wannabe-rockstar heels over 2-3 inches (i.e. a good portion of Hedi's latest at SLP)
- overly pointy toes (including another swathe of Hedi wares)
- overly square toes
- cowboy boots
- anything with a fringe
- men's classic formal opera pumps (basically dollhouse-worthy, ribbon-ornamented patent leather house-slippers cut low like a Lamborghini)
- anything with a significant amount of neon yellow-green, which seems to be the eye-searing contrast colour of choice on a lot of Adidas, Cole Haan, and heaven-knows-what I see out and about
- heavy shoes (I once owned a pair of Timberland x OC boots and I'm convinced they were heavier than steel-toes I've tried on)
- Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers with 25 lb. chains or giant metal eagles/lizards/bullshit on them
Does anybody see Louboutins in the wild? I see Zanottis all the time in Toronto, but I've never noticed anybody walking around in, say, Rollerboys.
I see a ton of Rollerboys, usually paired with SLP denim or cropped slacks and a manclutch
IMHO, a brown corduroy suit with big peak lapels is not likely to change anybody's mind about DB.
That is, unless the thing that put them off it in the first place was seeing skintight, crisp navy jackets paired with cropped skinny pants and monk straps by the GQ legion.
I'm not a big fan of double-breasted in general but I've seen enough examples I like that it's not anathema to me.
But that Eidos hits pretty well all the wrong (fusty) notes for me.
+1 room & board will fit the bill. good quality, low price. went to bo concept last week end and actually was pleasantly surprised by the prices. We visited a bunch of other stores before stopping there, and at least boconcept didnt strike me as overpriced after all...
I'll check out room & board, looked at boconcept today and it was a bit too modern for my taste. Spent $2k+ at restoration hardware for a basic wood queen bed frame and a night stand (frame was 50% off and nightstand was 25%, jesus haha). I got a few weeks though to think if I actually want it.