The real deal
sometimes it feels like designers are trying to reinvent the wheel. the boots pictured here both feature suede uppers and crepe soles, 2 holes with tone-on-tone rivets and laces. the top pair are by pierre hardy and retail for over $300. hardy began his career in 1988 working for christian dior. his eponymous men's collection begain in 2001. the second pair are from clarks england and cost $80-$90. the company dates back to 1825 and the desert boot is based on the boots soldiers wore in wwII. i think the hardy pair are based on the clarks. don't worry, i'm not dense, i see the difference, the degree of refinement to hardy's pair, but the "original" boots hold greater charm for me, mostly because of their status as originals.
generally, i like a label. i'll admit it. tell me a beaded necklace is from a little french boutique and i will happily pay. tell me it's from a crafts fair and i will not want it. this is sad. this means that i rely on commercialized atmosphere to infuse my pieces with style/appeal. i don't know why.
and i don't like to settle knowingly either. if i admire a vivienne westwood dress, i won't want a similar dress from h&m.
thankfully, it works the other way too, so when i wanted a pair of lace-up ankle boots, i went with clarks england and paid less to get, in my opinion, greater design authenticity. when it works out that way, i can congratulate myself, but when i know that a label will increase my pleasure (and tab), i feel a bit the victim - of myself. no wisdom to offer on this one, just self-awareness.
does a label effect your value for an item?