Cool to be Cheap

Suddenly, living large seems ridiculous. Even gauche.

These are words that have resonated in my mind for most of 2008. This statement is a part of a fascinating article found in The Los Angeles Times this past July. The article uncovers the decline of $pending in L.A. this past year, not only on luxury goods but luxury services as well. This is undoubtedly attributed to our awful economy, and the paralyzing state President Bush has put this country in.

Pictured (Benjamin Reed/LAT) is the luxury vs. the norm. Jil Sander v. The Gap. Prada v. H&M. An interesting take on the attitude many people are turning to these days – “In this economy, it just feels insane to spend hundreds, if not thousands, on the latest ‘it’ bag.” Read the whole article at

P.S. In case you didn’t know, our beloved L.A. Times is in trouble. If you would like to know more about our declining paper, check out this great event I’ll be at Thursday at the Central Library, Downtown Los Angeles.

For info on Los Angeles Without the Los Angeles Times? -A Community Forum & Panel Discussion, click here.

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3 Responses to “Cool to be Cheap”

  1. Stacey Derbinshire Says:

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  2. yeti9000 Says:

    Ha! That is too funny…I totally thought of you when I saw that article in the Times. Christine made it sound like that LA Times panel was really interesting…did you dig it?

    Long live the print version of The Times!! 🙂

  3. gayskeleton Says:

    Only if I can figure out how to make clothes out of gasoline.

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