March 12, 2008
More monogram, less food
Here's a "funny" story that encapsulates and illustrates the so-called "Masstige" ~trend and how Maslow's pyramid in today's society should start from the top to the base:
"In September 2005, following the worst natural disaster in American history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began distributing $2,000 debit cards to Hurricane Katrina’s neediest victims. The cards carried a note saying they were not to be used for alcohol, tobacco, or firearms. But the cards said nothing about $800 monogrammed handbags. 'We’ve seen three of the cards,' an employee of a Louis Vuitton store near Atlanta, Georgia, told the New York Daily News soon after the cards were issued."
Read the article here:
"The delicate balancing act of luxury for the masses".