Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Material Boy #380


Balmain Slashed Army T-shirt

There are times when I go bonkers over fashion and pay 'an idiots' price for an item despite knowing I am over charged, but all done in the name of fashion.

But there are times when I would feel immensely stupid to even want to fork out 10% of the price for something that's completely a retail 'ruse'!

This Balmain Slashed Army T-shirt is such an item. What on earth is so precious about the cotton or the 'moth eaten' design that warrants such a exorbitant price? I think you can easily buy a similar tee from some homeless folk in the slums and no one will probably notice the difference. Except, you at least did some 'charity' out of the purchase.

Having said that, die hard Balmain fans will do anything to get their hands on the authentic pieces, which I find it hard to accept in this case. No wrong or right in paying this amount. But will u? My answer is a definite NO. Luxury goods are aspirational and sometimes unattainable to all, but it becomes insulting to a consumer's intelligence when you charge over £700 (or SGD$1626) for something that seems to come out of the trash bin. Now that becomes annoying:(

(Update: For everyone's info, all sizes on Net-a-porter has sold out except size 38 (as I am typing this update). Balmainia is indeed 'crazy' unstoppable!)

Source: Net-a-porter

Price:
£776.92. Where to buy: Net-a-porter

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kkkkkaa-ka-kaaaa-krazy!

Anonymous said...

O_O wtf!!!! That much for something so ratty looking? I srsly agree with you on this one. We are no dumb idiots to be taken for a ride.

Pat said...

Love your rant here. Totally appeals to the common sense in me.

Kevin @ myMANybags said...

Exactly... it kinda infuriates me, consumers can sometimes be fool hardy, but this is pushing pricing to the extreme, consumers being taken for a fool:-(

freshmess said...

that's just insane!

SiD said...

100 percent agree with you, i think buying this shirt would be utter stupidity, instead just buy plain Tshirt, let your dog rip it apart and i bet it would look same as this one

LuxuryObsessed.com said...

I hope no one buys this, but I know someone always will. Marketing at Balmain is amazing. If you want something totally destroyed, you should consider the original Japanese brand of destruction: Julius. Decarnin has been ripping them off for years.

Eclair Au Chocolat said...

Sometimes i think that Balmain do this range of price just for ads.

Kevin @ myMANybags said...

Just for everyone's info, this T-shirt has sold out on all sizes except size 38. I am 'shocked'! Hahahah. Goes to show, there is no stopping Balmainia! Hehehe

SE@N said...

Agree... but I fell for Balmainia by owning the similar version by ZARA.

Anonymous said...

i hate balmain pricing to the core!

Kevin @ myMANybags said...

haha. we have a love hate relationship with Balmain. I am willing to pay a certain price for some pieces, especially the jeans...but just not this. I can DIY easily with some cheap army surplus tees:-)

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Anonymous said...

HE by mango has one exactly like this

Anonymous said...

"you can easily buy a similar tee from some homeless folk in the slums and no one will probably notice the difference"....haha, very funny.

Anonymous said...

Who on earth would buy this T?

Can Balmain merchandise gets any more expensive?!

What is so special about this T, that allow Balmain to fetch such an exorbitant, extortionate price?

Even if it is for £77.69 I would think it is too much to pay for!

Carlos said...

I know exactly what you mean. I do love Balmain and I think that the overall look is great, but most of their stuff is insanely over price. I have noticed that the men's clothes are way less expensive than the women's clothes. Luisaviaroma had in stock a t-shirt similar to the one above, but it was much less beaten. Nevertheless it was for about $250-$350 USD, much much less than the one above!