thanks for sharing the article. i don't have the luxury of being able to base all of my clothing decisions on the factors I would like; But being aware of why brand x costs what it does makes me think of the cost of clothing somewhat differently. I think Mauro sort of hit the nail on the head, people aren't as willing to invest in their clothing. I know that I certainly am not. I understand a particular thing has more value,quality,et cetera... but with trends (don't pretend you aren't affected by trends) I'd rather have options than 1 'perfect' pair of pants, 2 perfect shirts, and a perfect pair of shoes. This is why I have a hodge podge of clothing that only works for me occasionally. If people with less to spend were content with owning less more people would dress in a manner that this forum approved of. But the democratization of 'fashion' or 'fast fashion' or whatever has created need justified solely by want. many of us would rather have a less expensive version of the less expensive version that so and so designed 3 or 4 years ago (if not sooner) i'm sure there are other factors as well also this topic is one that seems to come up in one form or anotheratleast once or twice a month.