You have, have you? And did you actually check where that designer wear that you bought was made? You didn’t? Well, tough luck then because you were probably duped into buying some mass-produced junk, made in China, India or, even worse, Vietnam or Cambodia – mostly made in sweat shops by slave labour. (I hear in some places in India they pay underage kids about 50 cents per day.)
Let me remind you what the concept of designer wear actually is: exclusivity, first of all. Yes, top-name designers were making clothes in the past in very small numbers, producing them in countries with a long tradition of excellent tailoring, like Italy, France and Britain, and selling them in boutiques – yes, small shops. That was the whole point of designer wear, when people could feel assured that they wouldn’t see 10 million others wearing the same outfits that they were. That was why the price was high and the quality outstanding.
But then these very same designers, with the help of cunning marketing men, went global, giving their names to mass-produced crap that was sold, and is still sold, at extortionate prices. Value for money it sure ain’t, especially if you consider that even the top names in the business have actually moved their production bases to China and other places that are not exactly known for the quality of the goods they make.
As a result, some shitty-looking T-shirts, jeans, women’s skirts and blouses and even, laughably, tracksuits and running shoes that should have been sold for a fiver are labelled with some fancy name and sold for 50, 100 or more of whatever units of currency that you use where you live. This has got nothing to do with designer wear. You might just as well buy some shitty T-shirt for practically nothing, slap a label on it with some name you dream up yourself and walk tall and proud in it.
Get this through your head: mass-produced wear is not designer wear. It’s a contradiction in terms, as ‘designer’ stands for exclusivity, perfection and the highest standards of quality. You can’t have a million ‘designer’ T-shirts or skirts. It’s called mass-produced junk with a designer label stuck to it. And the people who walk around in this overpriced stuff look pathetic. It’s a bit like sticking a Mercedes badge on a Renault Clio or Ford Focus. It simply shows that the owners can’t afford a proper car and have to settle for the badge only. It’s also similar to wearing a fake Swiss watch that you can buy for practically nothing at a dodgy street market. It’s not the same thing, you see? if you get my drift. It’s for sad pathetic wankers, if you care to know my honest opinion.
But the most disgraceful thing of all is that retailers brainwash children into thinking that if they don’t have some shitty overpriced garment with that designer label on it then they will not look cool. That is the pits. This is why I personally hate all designers and wish them all sorts of woes, including trouble with the mobsters who seem to be funding so many of them.
Yes, in case you didn’t know this, the mob loves to launder money through the fashion world. It’s quick and reliable. Just like the film industry. And in return it provides all the dope for the people involved in these industries. That is why so many designers and models and actors and producers are on drugs that make them more controllable.
So next time you decide to splash out on some ‘designer’ junk that was mass produced in China or Vietnam, remember that you are financing a vicious circle that benefits some pretty nasty people.