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Super-wealthy clothes horses and their sartorial habits

Metlin

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From BoingBoing... and here's the original WSJ article.

"The WSJ profiles a group of super-rich clothes-horses who pay full price for designer frocks costing tens of thousands of dollars. One hedge fund manager's wife who bought a $12,000 Alexander McQueen considers herself a "curator" and hopes "someday someone will find [my clothes] important and significant." Not entirely impossible: fashion is a kind of art, private collectors sometimes amass collections that others find interesting later.

But then there's this: A 28-year-old plastic surgeon's wife only wears her clothes once, and sometimes changes them several times a night. "



"If you're going to a gala for some kind of disease and then you go to a hip art event, you can't wear the same thing," Ms. Chiu says.

She usually attends New York Fashion Week but skipped this season to attend the Grammys. She isn't worried about missing something good.

"Everyone has their antennas up for me," she says of the personal shoppers she works with. "If they see something cute, they'll send me a pic." Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Valentino are among her favorite labels, which she buys at Neiman Marcus, Saks and the designers' own boutiques.

After she has worn a gown once, Ms. Chiu says she stores it at her California home. "Sometimes I'll donate them to charities, but I would rather buy them new clothes than give them my old clothes," Ms. Chiu said.
 

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Some women find ways to wear runway pieces in their everyday wardrobes. Bree Laughrun, a 26-year-old Charlotte, N.C., criminal-defense attorney focused on domestic violence, often wears Balmain to court.

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Her parents still help finance her clothing purchases, but now, a year out of law school, she is taking on more financial responsibility
Now I'm hating.
 

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Originally Posted by david3558
Jesus... and I thought I had bad spending habits.

...I think using this information as a gauge of our spending habits is like a drug addict using Charlie Sheen as their guage...not likely realistic or accurate in the grand scheme of things...just my 2 cents...
 

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Seriously, these people are nuts. But I wish they sold their 1x worn stuff in my size on B&S.
 

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Originally Posted by droy
...I think using this information as a gauge of our spending habits is like a drug addict using Charlie Sheen as their guage...not likely realistic or accurate in the grand scheme of things...just my 2 cents...

 

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I honestly can't complain, living out here in CA I've seen so many o these things in thrift spots that look like they were worn once, or bought specifically to donate. I've got on a RAF sweater that couldn't have been worn more than once if at all that I got for $6 lol, thankful that some people are this frivolous, but I honestly won't deride them if they are out donating clothes and money to various charities, it's more than I'm doing in a day.
 

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Originally Posted by SpooPoker
What they dont mention, is that the subject of the article's wife spends 7 months a year in Germany.

spoo thats bad customer service!
 

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"It's hard, it's like giving up a child sometimes,"

Ummm, you MIGHT be taking your clothes a little too seriously.
 

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Originally Posted by cbbuff
"It's hard, it's like giving up a child sometimes,"

Ummm, you MIGHT be taking your clothes a little too seriously.


...and would fit right in around here.
 

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