Shopping Makes You Happy. It's Science.

Look, we all know that there are some inherent evils in materialism and consumerism. And when it comes to women, corporations, advertisers, marketers, ladymags and small businesses twist themselves into pretzels trying to get us to spend money we don't "need" to spend. But let's face it: Shopping feels good. It's… » 1/27/14 7:00pm 1/27/14 7:00pm

(Some) Pakistani Women Are Shopping a Lot

Despite growing conservatism, more Pakistani women are working and studying alongside their male peers, prompting a name-brand shopping boom in the process. » 10/01/12 10:25am 10/01/12 10:25am

Jewelry Is A Filthy, Poisonous Business

Last month's icky earring-removal story prompted the grossest stories you'll ever read. But we also received a message from a woman who had worked in the jewelry industry, and was not surprised about the hair-clog earring. She'd seen worse. » 11/16/10 11:57am 11/16/10 11:57am

The Distinct Awkwardness Of Trying To Buy Something

The way greeting card companies and department store commercials tell it, women love to shop. We shop til we drop, and then shop some more. Yogurt ain't good unless it's shoe-shopping good. Such bullshit. Shopping can be psychological misery. » 7/08/10 3:58pm 7/08/10 3:58pm

Some Women Feel Uncomfortable Buying From Pretty Sales Associates

You know the place: That boutique that has really fun fashion — great jewelry, cool shoes — and would — or should — be a joy to shop. Except the women who work there are so beautiful. Too beautiful? » 8/19/09 3:40pm 8/19/09 3:40pm

Confessions Of A Shopgirl: Bravely Going Where Many People Have Gone…

Speaking as a longtime shop girl/freelance writer, I was extremely annoyed by this New York Times essay by a shopgirl/freelance writer. » 2/16/09 3:00pm 2/16/09 3:00pm

At What Point Does A Love Of Shopping Turn Into Full-Blown Addiction?

A recent episode of MTV's documentary series True Life focused on two young women who are such compulsive shoppers that their credit, their relationships, and their lives are at risk. One of the girls featured doesn't pay her bills and instead shops every day, buying lots of cheap crap she doesn't need, just so she… » 7/21/08 11:00am 7/21/08 11:00am

"Financial Infidelity": Save The Economy But Wreck Your Marriage


Meet Tara Padua Wise. Tara shops at the same store twice a week, throws away receipts, refuses bags, cuts off tags when her husband isn't looking and pretends that everything she owns, her husband already knew about. She likes to shop, hates to budget, and doesn't think it's the biggest deal that she lies to her… » 6/23/08 2:00pm 6/23/08 2:00pm

The Secretive Culty Christians Behind Forever 21

Surely sometime in the past few years you have found yourself at a Forever 21 purchasing a $5 tunic or a $24 winter coat and thinking, "Where the hell did Forever 21 come from that I now buy half my clothes there, anyway?" (and also: "Fuck, is the sweatshop business actually cutting wages?) A story in the latest issue… » 2/12/08 5:00pm 2/12/08 5:00pm

d.e.m.o., And The Death Of Office-Park Corporate Hip-hop Style

A little piece of news hit me hard on this first day after the first victorious battle in the long march toward electing a first black president: Pacific Sunwear is closing its beloved mall chain d.e.m.o. For those of you unfamiliar with d.e.m.o., it was a chain opened by the multibillion dollar empire of… » 1/04/08 4:20pm 1/04/08 4:20pm

"I Went Home, Grabbed Some Spraypaint, Took The Train Back And Waited…

I'm still a little bitter over the months I spent making $9 an hour clearing out their dressing rooms, but I have to credit the ethically exploitative, generically-trendhumping corporate paradox that is American Apparel for its ceaseless bloggy news flow. Just last week, the company ran a New York Times ad advocating… » 12/28/07 1:30pm 12/28/07 1:30pm

How Didn't You Waste Money This Christmas?

Oh horrors! It looks like people may have actually spent less this holiday season than they did last season? Is that possible? What happened, did the value of the average American household's assets fall in half or something? Did you finally listen to reason and start to pay off your credit card debt? Join the Church… » 12/27/07 5:30pm 12/27/07 5:30pm

Sales Clerks At Fancy Stores: What Is Up Their Butts Anyway?

Americans are purchasing luxury goods at the lowest rate in three whole years, and luxury goods stores are fighting back with a sophisticated new method to determine whether customers are enjoying their shopping experiences, reports today's Wall Street Journal. The method is called "facial coding," and it involves… » 11/01/07 4:30pm 11/01/07 4:30pm

What's The Deal With Buying "Organic"?

In general, the best shopping advice is not to shop at all. But if that's not good enough for you, I can babble on about margins and commodity fetishism to the point that you'll probably want to pay me to shut up, and I hear that's good for the environment. Yesterday Clorox bought Burt's Bees. This is hot on the… » 11/01/07 2:00pm 11/01/07 2:00pm

If Coach Is Selling So Many Bags, How Come Everyone's Selling Its Stock?

In general, the best shopping advice is not to shop at all. But if that's not good enough for you, I can always babble on about about margins and marketing long enough for you to forget why you wanted that frivolous piece of commodity fetishist crap in the first place. In this space I'll try to solve some of the… » 10/24/07 12:30pm 10/24/07 12:30pm

Photo Dump: Marc Jacobs & Amanda de Cadenet

Talk about retail therapy. 25 days after news broke that he'd entered a substance-abuse program, fashion designer Marc Jacobs was seen strolling into West Hollywood's Fred Segal store with professional rock star-muse (and possibly pregnant) Amanda de Cadenet. And it looks like Marc scored himself some stylish… » 4/09/07 12:19am 4/09/07 12:19am