Despite the fact that as of 2009, Japan was swimming in the depths of the worst recession in 6 decades, it “account[ed] for 40 percent of all luxury-goods sales worldwide; in Tokyo, around half of women in their 20s own[ed] a Louis Vuitton product.” Haworth consults Fiona Wilson, Asia-based editor of the magazine Monocle, who explains purchasing of designer goods is a means in which many women show off their fashion sense, especially in a country in which most young women live with their parents and do not own a house or car.
While unhealthy budgeting habits that list food as a last priority may be taking Japan by storm, I am convinced that the sacrificing of food for goods is a problem facing many young women hailing from the East and West alike. I have seen more than one Western women in her 20s skip more than a meal or two in order to buy clothes and shoes on several occasions. The underlying problem besides the obvious need for women to sort out their priorities is ignorance of what style truly means. Style is a celebration of the individual and is best exercised when dressing for oneself. There are few things more unstylish than everyone owning the same bag, Louis Vuitton or not.
Jewels Are Not a Substitution For Breakfast