The thing that bothered me was that how the article was skewed. To me, this forum isn't about finding good deals or whatnot. Instead, its about learning the diff. between the hype and the underlying quality, so you can recognize whether or not something is really good. It would have been cool if it had just said how we're interested in finer things, but I dislike how she implied how this was a great place to snoop out bargains. I'm just afraid we'll get all these people who don't really care, and are only interested in picking our brains for bargains. Like the gresons. They won't know why its good, but they'll buy it like how they buy Polo. Besides, I don't like the implication that people here are necesssairly professionals. They are plenty of college students here too, and not everybody here is trying to grab the brass ring. I wonder how much research would actually go into a piece into like this. I mean, there's a big diff between this and the askandy forum. I don't know if she realized that. And, we also have LAGuy to represent and educate everybody here on streetwear which you wouldn't have realized from the article.
I hear what you are saying - that the article does not touch on all the aspects of the forum. But I do think that the article does describe very well the tenor of the forum at this particular time. There are in fact a lot of professionals on this forum, and a large number of the students on this forum plan on a business or professional career. There has been a recent emphasis on the minute and intricate details of shoe and suit construction, and many of the recent threads have been about classic rather than contemporary style. As for the bargain thing - it was inevitable that it be mentioned. There are in fact a large number of recent threads to this effect. And thank you for mention, but there are others, BrianSD, MikeC, LabelKing, etc... who are similarly interested in streetwear and happenings in the designer world. I do think that the article points out an important gender disctinction: women interested in fashion (there are of course exceptions) are superficially interested (even if you go to a dedicated site like thefashionspot.com, most comments are limited to "Oh, I love it" and "Great stuff".)