“.. If you tried to recreate it now, you couldn’t. It would be too expensive. “
That quote, from Edie Parker designer Brett Heyman, really struck me. She’s speaking specifically on an acrylic bag – a stunning multi-colored glitter acrylic one, with gold accents… a purse that included a magnificently designed powder mirror, lipstick holder and of course, cigarette compartment.
I’m not sure, it was almost a ping of sadness. This quick realization that simple, good craftsmanship of decades pasts is no longer possible because our industry is so focused on “fast fashion”. Products can no longer be quite as beautiful without costing an arm and a leg, and so are forfeited for lesser quality, quickly produced goods.
It’s something that’s always in the back of my mind when I make it to the shops. I’ve made a rule not to buy any cheap shoes, and it’s just MY rule by the way, I’m no pusher man. Not because they aren’t designed well or even made with decent materials, but because I would rather save up and purchase that one pair I know I’ll wear for years. The pair I know I can get resoled and will look like new.
It’s a question we’ll keep facing: will our need for new take precedence over our need for the luxuries of old?
Found on The Thick.