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  1. Acronym.

    It makes me want to scream every time I read someone rehashing the stupid, economic illiterate BS that paying a living wage is responsible for the 2x+ price hikes seen in the last 2 years (or ACR price in general). Voronoi or Apparat are very similar construction wise (I assume the input and labor requirement are similar to a P10s), yet they sell for 35-40% of the the newly released p10s.
  2. Acronym.

    I think the issue is that I don't think the market can bear those prices over the long-term. Maintaining this kind of brand desirability over the medium / long-term is extremely hard and you can only manage it by insuring you maintain a large number of brand supporters. I think the issue with the recent price hikes is that no one in their right mind can pay 1,200 EUR for pants so pieces tend to be bought more and more by rich assholes with fuck-you money who are buying it cause it's the cool thing of the moment and aren't likely to stay invested in the brand long-term. . I think this is going to have an impact of the image of the brand. Up until about 1-2 years ago, whenever I saw someone in ACR (which didn't happen often), they always seemed to dressed so well and be people I could hang out with, but nowadays, it seems ACR has become one of key element of the princeling fucbois uniform along with Off-White and Vetements and I cringe most of the time I see people wearing it (I also live in fucbois central so they are very visible). These people have no taste and are only buying what's cool to show off and as they move on from streetwear, I am not sure you will see a new generation emerge willing to buy ACR. As a result, the coolness factor of the brand has gone down quite a bit for me and there are alternatives.
  3. Acronym.

    I got some p10S from the SS16 drop, just checked the receipt and they were 485 EUR. Now at ~1,200 EUR, it's an almost 3x markup over just 2 years. Are you fucking kidding me!!! Pricing is so out of sync with value, I just cannot even remotely justify looking at ACR now. Goodbye, it's been fun while it lasted, but there's just no way...
  4. Acronym.

    On the price hike, while I don't doubt that input prices have gone up faster than inflation, they haven't gone up nowhere near enough to justify the recent season price hikes. Essentially, E looked at the market and saw that a lot of people were willing to pay rape price and decided that rather than giving all of these profit to resellers, he rather have it himself. That's it. Now, there's a bunch of things he could do to keep price more affordable (ie. produce more), but he clearly decided that he'd rather have the hype and maximize profit per unit rather than total profit. For exemple, there's no reason why he couldn't reopen subnet and allow customers to pre-order items ahead of general release. In this way, he takes zero production risk and doesn't need a dollar of investment in working cap since you pay upfront and could easily produce and ship items as they are produced. Frankly, I'm sure 99% of ACRNM fans would be willing to order through such a system, even if it meant waiting a couple months to get stuff. As with many others, while I love ACRNM, I just don't feel like I can justify the price and anyway, I am really turned off by the whole buying experience and feel taken for granted as a huge fan of the brand and customer. What fucking brand expects you to spend you life checking their website in case some product is suddenly released without warning or will sell out in 15 sec. Especially as the line as gotten more "out there" recently (as much as I love some of the products conceptually, wearing ninja pants is cosplaying), I feel less and less interest and have instead shifted to other brands. When you run a fashion business, you have to strike a balance between pleasing your long-term supporters / fans (which generate 95% of the noise around the brand) and the people that actually generate most of your profits (ie. older, richer people that can walk into Barney's and buy anything on a SA rec). I specifically feel Veilance has done a really good job of creating a strong following while also being sold to a wider audience.
  5. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    So just to be clear, you are asking strangers on the internet to help you cop something that's going to be insanely hard to get and will sell out in seconds and you want them to provide it to you at cost while they could otherwise flip it the day of for 2x+???
  6. TORONTO Meetup

    Lol we definitely live in the world of alternative truth... seriously don't know what your problem is, you're an idiot if you believe that picture is of Toronto
  7. TORONTO Meetup

    Thanks for coming back 3 years later, but this is the Wrigley Building on Michigan avenue which last I checked is in Chicago
  8. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    The US limit is very high ($800) so anything under will not be assessed duty or taxes. So as long as the package is under $800, i would be honest, there's no downside and it allow you to properly insure the package.
  9. Acronym.

    Sorry, I know this wasn't directed to me, but very surprised you got an invoice from UPS. Where are you located? My understanding from having quite a few issues with them and spending a lot of time with customer service is that they won't deliver anything unless duties have been prepaid on the phone / online or someone gives them a check when they drop off the package. Fedex does invoicing post delivery 100% of the time though.
  10. Urban Techwear

    I don't know THB. Herno keeps on mostly releasing the same pieces year that were originally designed by Errolson (the 3-1 parka & jacket haven't changed in at least 4 years) but there's no mention of his involvement on the Herno website (it actually says Laminar is a collabo between Herno and Gore). A quick Google search seem to indicate that the last mention of Errolson is a tweet from him talking about SS13 and nothing since so I think it's a good assumption to assume he is not involved anymore, but that some of his designs live on.
  11. Urban Techwear

    I think 48 would be about right. The Laminar outerwear is cut ridiculously tight in the shoulder so most people have to size up because of that. I am a 48/50 but consistently wear M in veilance and ACR and my Laminar 3-1 parka is a 52. I could sorta fit in the 50, but the shoulders were super tight and I wouldn’t have been able to wear any substantial layer underneath. FYI I don’t really have broad shoulder so I think it’s an issue for everyone. It is by far my favourite jacket btw, really underrated IMO as you get the E’s design as well as Herno’s quality at a very attractive price point
  12. canada :: vancouver :: general

    Haven, Roden Gray, Feuille and \017 are also worth mentioning
  13. The Great Outdoors

    In the summer (or late spring / early fall), you'd be fine, but winter is extremely wet so trails will be beyond muddy and you'll hit some snow if you do any serious hikes so I would think you'd do a lot better with proper waterproofed boots.
  14. Acronym.

    On ACR specifically, there usually is a bit of a discount (EU price ex VAT vs. US price) on the headline price and then you save the sales tax, but most ACR products tend to be $800+ so you end up dealing with duties. Obviously some drops are ACRNM.com only. For pretty much every thing else though, it's pretty much always cheaper as an American to buy from EU based retailers. Products are typically priced in EUR (incl. VAT) at the same level as they are in the US (pre-tax). VAT is around 20% and US sales tax are around 7-8%. And the USD is super strong at the moment (particularly vs. the pound. So as long as you buy items that are priced below $800, you can expect savings in the range of 30-40% on a full price item from a EU based store vs. buying locally. This dynamic is part of the reason why European online stores have benefited from much stronger growth and are the dominant players right now (in the luxury sector).
  15. 116740 APPROVED SHOES

    It's kinda weird to design a boot that looks this rugged and not being able to handle the conditions it looks like it's designed for.