conspicuous consumption

Mango's New Strategy: Make "Fast Fashion" Even Faster

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Just when you thought “fast fashion” couldn’t get any faster, Mango ups and decides it wants to leave its competition in the dust. In a…

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Orsola de Castro: Wearing a Garment Just Once "Misses the Point"

“The concept of wearing something just once is sad. It indicates a lack of style, confidence, and it misses the point of what fashion is about. “Fashion is about loving…

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Author James Baldwin in 1970: "People Are Drowning in Things"

“I have never accepted the notion that you keep a Cadillac or a yacht or anything at all, except perhaps for convenience. “I have always had a quarrel with this country not…

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Materialism Makes You More Anxious, Depressed, Says Expert

Photo by Twin Design/Shutterstock.com An obsession with worldly goods is making us all more anxious and depressed—and TV and social media aren’t helping. In a release from the…

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Zady Took Out a One-Page Ad in the Wall Street Journal (And It's Glorious)

Ethical e-tailer Zady took out a one-page ad-slash-call-to-action about fast fashion in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. Nailed it. + Zady…

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Sarah Lazarovic's "Buyerarchy of Needs" Tells It Like It is

Abraham Maslow would be pretty shocked at what most Americans today consider “needs.” Sarah Lazarovic’s reimagined “buyerarchy of needs” presents a new…

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"Bling Ring" Star Emma Watson Claims to Own Only Eight Pairs of Shoes

Photo by Jaguar P.S./Shutterstock Emma Watson may have amassed a fortune £26 million by the tender age of 23, but you won’t catch the former Harry Potter star blowing it on…

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Vivienne Westwood to Duchess Kate: Buy Less

Dame Vivienne Westwood has only one piece of counsel for the erstwhile Kate Middleton: Buy less. “I don’t have any advice to her, except I think it would be great if she…

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Selfridges Muffles Information Overload by "Debranding" Iconic Products

Information overload frazzled your last nerve? Selfridges wants to help you find the “power of quiet” amid the bedlam. The British department store has launched “No…

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Top 7 Popular Eco-Fashion Stories of 2012 (Vote for Your Fave!)

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Threatened Black Friday Strike at Walmart Could be a "Game-Changer"

A walkout by Walmart workers on America’s biggest shopping event of the year could be a “game-changer” on many levels, according to labor experts from Cornell…

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The Story of Stuff: Choose Family Over Frenzy This Black Friday

Chow down on Black Friday. Go on a hike on Black Friday. Knit a sweater on Black Friday. In fact, do whatever you want on Black Friday as long as it’s not waking up before dawn to…

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Would You Pay $120 for a Temporary Tattoo Made From 24K Gold?

Dior has a limited-edition collection of temporary tattoos that’s definitely not for the kiddies. Derived from 24-karat gold leafing, the the jewelry-like “Grand Bal”…

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Is This $290 Jil Sander Paper Bag the Most Overpriced Lunch Sack Ever?

The latest It bag for the 1 percent? Jil Sander’s “Vasari,” a “long rectangular silhouette” made from 100 percent coated paper. Translation: It’s a…

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