a variety of fashion magazines and sites routinely set my mind abuzz with thoughts of ribbon and lace and tulle and bangles and sweaters and dresses (that's just the list from this week). but other sources bring my mind back down to earth.
this week the l.a. times had an article clarifying that a "made in italy" label does not mean "made by italians" - i feel like that's splitting hairs, except that the implication of such a label is exploited (like the workers), as well as the customer's value of such a label and willingness to pay more for it. more good news from the nytimes today - "the january report on consumer prices in the united states, released this week, showed that the prices of apparel are now higher than they were two years ago... the apparel increases, which have been strongest in women's clothing, contributed to a rising overall inflation rate that set of talk of stagflation this week." then the financial times offered up, in an article on a new international survey of men's wear shopping trends, the statistics that in the west, "women spend more than twice as much as men on clothing (a breakdown of 70/30)." so i'm spending more, paying more, and getting less.
does business news ever effect your attitude towards clothing/shopping?