Not too long ago I ran across an article that tells all about a pair of jeans that costs $1,200.00. I’m not kidding. Over a thousand dollars! Donwan Harrell is the designer and the interview gives him a chance to explain why his jeans are worth that kind of money. The jeans are made by hand and there are only about 15 pair made of each style. Apparently he has customers who are able and willing to pay that kind of price for the jeans. But this really got me thinking about the cost of clothes and why we spend what we spend on clothes. Of course, how much money we have is a determining factor – but not always because so many people use credit cards to buy clothes that they really cannot afford.
About a year ago I was telling a friends sister about the great deal that I got on a pair of pants at Maurices. I think that I paid about $10 for them and I was thrilled – and quite pleased with myself. This young woman is a huge thrift store and consignment shopper. She told me that she was happy for me “if I thought that $10 was a good deal for pants” implying that I had somehow not gotten the best deal. It didn’t matter though – because I got a pair of $60 pants for 10 bucks that fit perfectly and I was happy.
I wonder if that’s how we regular people make the people feel who pay $1,200 for their jeans. I am not implying that paying $10 for pants versus the $2 thrift store version is a completely accurate comparison but it is something to think about. If you have a clothing budget of $25,000 a month then paying $1,200 for your jeans isn’t really that big of a deal. But then there are all the people who yell about donating that money to charity and feeding starving children, etc. etc. It’s hard for me to imagine but there are families out there who give more to charity in a year than I will make in my entire life, and they still have money left over for a pair of Mr. Harrell’s jeans. Is that wrong of them?
This is a hard question for me because I see both sides of the argument. How could anyone ever be so ridiculous that they would even consider spending so much money on a piece of clothing? And yet if they have a billion dollars then isn’t paying that much money kinda like me spending $10 on a pair of pants?
What do you think? Can you imagine spending thousands of dollars for an article of clothing? How would you feel about someone who did? Are expensive jeans worth it?