New Yorkers are still pretty protective of the quaint Brooklyn neighborhoods, with the exception of a few like Brooklyn Heights and Cobble hill, which have been annexed to Manhattan. Maybe we’re trying to hold on to a sacred space devoid of mass consumerism on every corner. Reading the NY Times Thursday Styles section today I’m glad to see I’m not alone in my eye-rolling reaction to another fancy-pants shop opening in Brooklyn. While I agree that four-digit price tags for strollers and expensive tattered Army/Navy surplus in Brooklyn (or ANYWHERE) are outrageous, I’m a little surprised to read an article in the Style section criticizing conspicuous consumption. I mean…it is the style section… If they’re going to cry foul for overpriced outerwear should they really be celebrating $695 clogs two pages later?
I am all for the Critical Shopper. I gained personal satisfaction from the scathing review of Juicy Couture’s Flagship store back in 2008, but Juicy Couture is a joke, we all know this. Barneys New York has a certain respectability doesn’t it? Look, it doesn’t matter if you’re on Atlantic Avenue or Madison Avenue, if you’re willing to pay $796 for a Pendleton Thunderbird car coat–the joke’s on you. My gripe is…does the Style section really get to tell us we’re stupid for shopping at Barneys and Juicy Couture but then turn around and suggest we shop at…Barneys and Juicy Couture? Honestly, who is telling the jokes here??
Another thing…the Military gripe. Military style comes and goes and the popularity of it usually coincides with ongoing military activity. Remember the Keffiyehs wrapped around every other hipster neck in Williamsburg a few years back?
AND, according to my reliable and veracious research assistant, Mr. Wikipedia, “Keffiyehs became popular in the United States in the late 1980s, at the start of the First Intifada, when bohemian girls wore keffiyehs as scarves around their necks.”
Over and out.