I’ve written before about the value of broad shopping searches. Especially if you’re seeking something extremely specific or scarce, you’ll have more success if you look EVERYWHERE. Including stores you don’t typically frequent and websites you don’t typically use. But another reason to consider broad searches has to do with design, and it’s central to my own wardrobe-building practices.
I believe that good design is valuable, regardless of its source. If I want a full, pleated, cobalt skirt I will look at thrift stores, on Etsy for handmade options, on eBay for used and vintage, at Target for bargains, at department stores, at mid-market mall stores, and occasionally at designer discounters. I don’t care if my full, pleated, cobalt skirt is new, old, used, untouched, made by a famous designer or made by an unknown artisan. I don’t care if it’s a brand that generally targets women older or younger than me, if it’s a brand that has gone out of business, if it’s a brand that doesn’t work for me aside from this single item. If it’s well made and if it’s exactly what I want, it’s valuable to me. It’s worth money. It’s worth wearing. While many expensive, fancy label goods will be designed and constructed with tremendous care, good design is not the exclusive domain of high-end designers. Good design is everywhere, and means different things to different people.
What does good design mean to you? Where do you seek and find it? Are you a design omnivore, willing to look for what you want just about anywhere, or do you limit yourself to trusted (or available) sources?
P.S. My full, pleated cobalt skirt came from Florence Adams. And it took me months to find it.
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