Magazine article The Spectator

Needs Must

Magazine article The Spectator

Needs Must

Article excerpt

A s every girl knows, there are some fabulous fashion items you simply need to buy. The word is not 'want', it is 'need'. Until you walk out of the store with that particular purchase in that iconic carrier bag, there is a unbearable gap in your life. But how to feed the need in a recession? Since the credit crunch kicked in we've all had to tighten our Hermes belts, but that doesn't mean the longing goes away.

So here are three pieces of advice for fellow sufferers:

1) Luxury labels can satisfy a desperate need, and they can be found without the huge price tag attached. Marc Jacobs is a prime example with his Special Items collection. Special indeed: designed by Marc Jacobs, found in the Marc Jacobs store, yet at a fraction of the price you would usually associate with the brand. Flip-flops from £7, handbags from £14 and T-shirts from £19. It's guilt-free shopping! …

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