One of the most interesting aspects of fashion in the past ten years has been how much of it is like a secret Masonic handshake. Only people in the know will recognize what you have, and it’s really just not relevant to other people.

Valerie Steel, director of the museum at FIT, quoted in a New Yorker profile about Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Meier.

This is exactly what fascinates me about the “conspicuousness” of today’s consumption and the signaling properties of luxury goods. I could write another 1000 words about this but I’ll save it for my real blog.

(via alicetiara)