- Apr 10, 2011
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I don't think it is, actually. The shipper isn't obligated to remove VAT, it just makes their goods more competitive if they do. Quite a few small retailers don't do it because they have to provide documentation to the government showing that the goods were shipped overseas which requires extra labor on their part. If they don't have a lot of international sales, it might not be worth it for themIt’s also illegal.
Give me a little time to think about how it’s a great repro of the original Kara Koram blah blah blah and the inevitable envy of my fellow outdoor apparel student nerd friends and I’m sure I’ll come around...$450 for a down jacket seems like an incredible deal though? Especially in that style?
Makes me wonder what on Earth you were searching for to come up with that.Actually don't know. Found it through a quick Google search.
Hm, that's a good point. I hadn't thought of that.This was an interesting read by @dieworkwear
In 1994, advertising executive Donald Rifkin came up with a new installment for Coca-Cola’s “Obey Your Thirst” campaign, designed to promote the company’s sparkling lemon-lime beverage Sprite. In the commercial, a young white teen with an unfortunate center-part haircut wrestles with one of...dieworkwear.com
I think what all this gets at but doesn't really say is that the notion of "streetwear" is largely a middle/upper-income construction of what we're supposed to look like.
When I was in high school in the early 2010s it wasn't the black kids at my competitive public high school who were the trendsetters as far as "streetwear" went, but the moneyed white kids and enterprising Asian kids who were the most rabid collectors of the sneakers and collabs we weren't aware of or couldn't afford. Wanted to see Supreme? White kids. Yeezy Blinks? Asian kids. And when you think about it, it makes sense. Shit, I had classmates who were deeply racist while being obsessed with stuff like SBs, which makes perfect sense now but didn't as a 13 year old. The comments on articles over at HB are often pretty in line with wealthy liberal/centrist talking points on street culture despite those same people being crazed over stuff street urchins made cool.
What this fostered, I think, and what has never really been critically captured by the likes of Complex is the extent to which the rise of internet streetwear culture created a sort of ouroboros effect in who was copying who. The Asian and white kids were never really copying us, they were copying their favorite rappers, skaters, etc., and we in turn, seeing that we were losing ground as being on the cutting-edge began to copy them when we followed them to Supreme and Icecream after school. When you look at the old Streetsnaps or myriad photobooks focusing on "urban" style, it's never actually images of the people who come to mind when you first think inner-city. It's almost always either peripheral influencer girls in oversized sweats or clean cut guys in their 30s in outfits where everything fits well. This is a large part of why that ALD lookbook of the kids in the puffer jackets was so celebrated, because for the first time many of us could remember there was a brand that was centering in a campaign the kids responsible for the aesthetics they traffic in.
At this point I'd argue that the appeal of streetwear at this point isn't even aligning oneself with those subcultures (this takes time and effort) but aligning oneself with the brands (just takes a credit card.)