Cognitive Dissonance: "Polo = Prole/hiphop/Outlet brand" vs. "Ralph Lauren/RLPL is not"

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  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hate getting questions about clothes from people who are not into clothes like many of us are here on the forum. People usually ask where you got something. If it is shoes since I generally get all of mine at Leffot do I tell them the physical location? If so, they usually ask what brand they are, which they won't know either. It is a losing and pointless conversation. Simply most people are used to shopping at the physical location of whatever they are buying, ie. Banana Republic, J. Crew, etc.

    I remember one of my girlfriend's friends, this dude asked me where he can get some "expensive shoes". It was a question worthy of :rolleyes: to begin with. I sent him to Leffot. He texted her a few days later up in arms because his idea of expensive was missing a zero from most of what is at Leffot.

    It all is pointless.
     
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  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    I know this is the reality but for some reason I persist.

    That said I did actually convert a few friends in college. They all now completely blame me for their ridiculous spending and need for quality. I suppose even if you win, you don't win.
     
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  3. freedom_fries

    freedom_fries Senior member

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    i just always tell people i got things at wal mart.
     


  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I never really know what to say. Usually just something like, "oh, here and there, I'm always on the lookout for something nice..." If somebody shows real genuine interest in a particular article then I'll obviously just tell them where I got it.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If the answer is Brooks or eBay or something the asker might have heard of, I just say that. If it's something obscure, I'll say "I got these online" or "I picked these up while traveling" or, even better, "I found these on sale."

    If someone really wants to know, I'll share the specifics. But usually it's just polite chit chat, so it's not hard to advance the conversation.
     


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    jrd617 Senior member

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    LOL, what a rude thing to say after asking that question.
     


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    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    Haha. Yes, my friends are more than uncouth when it comes to matters of style. I believe the latest quote was something to the effect of, "If I pay $500 for a pair of shoes, I better get laid every time I wear them."
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's very possible although they might have to shell out much more than that for a decent hooker.
     


  10. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Does this really need to be explained?
    Anything mysterious and unknown is impressive.
    "I got these at Target" vs. "These are Hendrick & Jones. Only made in England"


    Leffot probably sells lots of shoes for $500
    What did he think was expensive? $50?
    What a funny story. Shut him right up, I am sure.


    That's actually a great line, when the item in question clearly is not from Walmart.


    Actually, I bet a significant proportion of SF had similar thoughts when they first started buying expensive clothing.
     
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  11. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Sure it does.
    Since you seem to have your own definition, let me share a common definition.
    "discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously"

    In other words, looking at someone wearing RL and thinking the subject line...
     


  12. GoldenTribe

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    Polo is not a prole brand. Nobody thinks that. (EDIT: by which I mean, when someone posts/asks about Polo RL on StyleForum, the response is not "that is a shit brand" as it would be in the case of Sean John and so many others. PRL is perfectly acceptable here, and this thread is stupid.)

    Chaps is a prole brand.

    /reetardation
     
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  13. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    I mean..:

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    this is why people think that, because some people decide to wear it like this and flash the logo like its all that matters to them. Also, I mean no disrespect, he can wear it however he wants, but its in a very sluggish casual way that we see all too often now with Polo. I still see some people wearing them in the preppy style, but not as much as like this dude..
     
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    I'm dying.

    An SFer should do a video reply. "Purple Label! Blue Label by Corneliani! Black Label by Caruso! Purple Label by Saint Andrews! Purple Label by Chester Barrie! Polo by Crockett & Jones! Signature Liiiinnne.. They don't even make that shit no more!!!! NO PONY. NO PONY!!!!! NO LOGOSSSSS!!!!!! "
     
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    Reevolving Senior member

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    If someone wanted to make a rebuttal video, they could make a new account and post it as a response video.
    What would be the sound effect for the SF rebuttal video?

    This guy would be a perfect addition to SF.
    Someone please invite him, and send him this thread via his Youtube account.
    He can sell some of that Polo stuff on B&S and buy a new carpet!

    Brand dilution? Nah, not at all.
     
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