When I watched the high end retail market go wild in NYC, when Manhattan was full of hedge-fund excess, I wondered when it would pop. (wondering this, I did, wearing denim). Well, it has, along with other retailers biting the dust. Mother sent me this clipping from Oklahoma City about one of my favorite retailers from my earlier days, Harold's, going bankrupt and it set the prep look for Oklahoma and Dallas. I was happy they even had one in Atlanta when I was there (Santa Fe never had one). When consumer spending represents two-thirds of the economy, we're in for a protracted severe recession.
Luxury is over and when Dallas cuts back, it's notable: "people aren’t shopping to feel better. They actually are not shopping to feel better.” The worst financial crisis since The Great Depression means thirty-seven percent of Americans plan to spend less on holiday gifts this year. When Rolexes & Picassos Hit Pawnshops you know that things are serious.
So, buy denim! What could be more practical? High-end (the $89.50 Ralph Lauren Western Denim shirt) or more practical (Working Person's store for Wrangler denim shirts at low cost), denim is the American uniform. Denim has always been in style in Santa Fe. Fashion by default, I think.
One brilliant person wears nothing but denim. Inventor Dean Kamen is considered a genius - almost entirely self-taught, and technically never even graduated from high school, but was earning $60,000/year when he left high school. Kamen wears the same outfit - Levi jeans, workboots and denim shirts - and has for 30 years. He invented the Segway, the world's first drug-infusion pump (and formed a company to manufacture it), a portable insulin pump for diabetics and his latest invention is an electric car motor. Read more about this guy who has only read one novel in his adult life (he has dyslexia (but not with numbers and equations) and reads old academic textbooks.
Let's go back to our truly original American fashion roots. Put on the denim. Some things never go out of style.
Some of the best things in life are simple. What could be more practical, easier and comfortable?