Ever wonder what could make a shirt — a regular cotton-blend tee — cost more than two months of rent? Us, too. And it turns out, even the people selling the expensive goods have no idea why they cost as much as they do. Kevin Smith over at Business Insider was curious as to why a pair of Jimmy Choo slip-on sneakers were selling on online retail site Mr. Porter for $1,095, so he contacted the site’s help team to find out. At first glance, the slip-ons don’t look that much different from your regular Vans sneaker. The materials may be a bit more high-end — leather and studs — than a canvas pair of Vans, but the sole and basic shape are the same.
Ashley, the salesperson who took Smith’s query, wasn’t too sure why the shoes cost more than a grand. “Is it because of the materials?” he asked. “These Jimmy Choo sneakers are made of black suede and leather and also covered in metal studs. This is why they are so expensive. Also, Jimmy Choo is very high-end designer,” she replied. Which, okay, stating the obvious. Not particularly helpful. Keep reading »
We’ve long known that manufacturing costs and retail prices are all about power plays, not mathematics (we’re looking at you, luxury denim). An article in The New York Times takes a look at fashion pricing, this time from the designer’s point of view. Recently, there’s been an increase in super expensive men’s khakis, some of which are selling for upwards of $600. Keep reading »
Most designer clothing for women is sized ridiculously small (we’re looking at you, Alexander Wang), and the sample sizes that dress the models on the runway can be even more petite. It hadn’t really occurred to us that the same extreme proportions would apply to male models until New York magazine revealed that the Olympic fencer Jason Rogers was cut as a walker from Louis Vuitton‘s Paris show because he couldn’t fit into the pants. Come on, this Hottie McHotterson is too fat for the runway? Keep reading »
If you’ve been lusting after that slinky little Proenza Schouler dress you saw in Vogue last month but the $1,800 price tag makes you sick to your stomach, all hope may not be lost. Rent the Runway, a new website which ended its test phase and is live as of today, offers four-day designer dress rentals for $50 to $200. Their inventory includes frocks by everyone from Lela Rose to Christian Siriano; the dresses arrive right at your door and come with a pre-paid return envelope. There is, however, a catch. Keep reading »