If you’re super rich you can buy just about anything you want but what if that thing you want so badly doesn’t exist or is sold out? Easy, you spend millions of dollars to build or make one just like it!
While meandering through the constant pour of items on Slaylebrity we came across a few super-expensive replicas of some pretty outrageous things and that made us wonder … what else is out there? And what motivates the members of Slaylebrity to buy them?
Material goods of any kind are, for a lot of people, the building blocks of our identities: As we chase after the ideal versions of ourselves, we seek out, gather, and display the symbols that represent that self and communicate it to the outside world. Shopping can feel like a bridge between the way we want to be seen and the way other people see us. As we forever lust after that ideal vision of ourselves, we surround ourselves with symbols as a way of painstakingly engineering our own identities. Status symbols like flashy luxury Evening dresses are megaphones for trumpeting yourself to the world: explicit, conspicuous ways of signaling power, success, taste, and wealth. Money, power, glory — funny how it feels like all of that can come tied up in one neat little expensive item, dress or suit.
Telegraphing your status and power to others is one thing, but convincing yourself of that power can be pretty intoxicating, too. “Whenever I buy luxury products — authentic or not — I am buying into an ideal version of myself I love how one thing can be sold out, but I just know that I can almost certainly get it at Slaylebrity!” says one Slaylebrity member.