Read this article from WWD. I’ve honestly never really given much thought about men’s clothing before. I mean, suits are suits. And yes that crisp button-down shirt can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And ties are one of the few accessories a man can use to dress up an outfit, right? I was totally wrong. This winter break, I spent everyday working in a men’s furnishing section of a department store. It wasn’t my ideal job, but it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. I totally discovered a world of dress shirts, ties, cufflings, scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, wallets, money clips…only naming a few. It became fun to sell Burberry, Gucci, Ferragamo, Boss, and more brands. The article on WWD quoted from Marc Gobe, president of Emotional Branding LLC, “It’s also not impossible that men are discovering what women have known all along- that buying new clothes is psychologically rewarding and not a vast experience.” It’s true, ahh the power of new clothes.
Vintage shopping is like treasure hunting. It really is, I mean you have to look through a pile of used, ripped or broken junk to find something truly beautiful. And in the end, it is usually worth it…finding something you love in a vintage shop is definitely more unique than buying something brand new or massed produced. You can easily end up wearing the same top as your best friend! Yesterday, I visited What Comes Around Goes Around in Soho. It’s located between Broome and Grand Streets. The store has such a cozy and comfortable feel to it. There was a great selection of merchandise: from worn-in cowboy boots to fitted tees and studded jean shorts. Many designer items were also seen around the store. I completely stopped when a large display case of vintage Chanel jewelry in the back caught my eye. It was stunning and included mostly gold chain necklaces, bracelets, and bangles. And the best thing about vintage finds? There’s always a story behind every piece…a mystery that leaves you wondering where it came from.
High fashion + the best feeling after a purchase = win-win, right? Not all of us can happily say we feel 100% guilt-free and absolutely satisfied with a shopping splurge, unless we can truly afford it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all let go of that remorse and go on enjoying what we just bought?
Many brands have teamed up with organizations to donate a percentage of their profits to help raise money for righteousness. And luxury brand Gucci is doing just that. In fact, they have teamed up with UNICEF for six years now. The organization’s mission is to save children and orphans that are affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the past few years, Gucci has been fundraising campaigns and designing handbags to raise efforts which supply clean water, health care, protection, and education to support children in need.