Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lydia, Broad St, Philadelphia

Lydia is a heavy metal guitarist without a huge amount of time to shop. So she buys most of her clothes "really cheap on Amazon." "I used to be a big thrifter," she told me. But "thrift stores are different than they used to be. Now that everybody does eBay, the racks are empty." In these shots, Lydia is wearing a fake red leather jacket, customized and detailed by her friend, fake leather pants, and some good old-fashioned combat boots, laced halfway up. Fake leather, it seems, is going through something of a renaissance at the moment. I've seen it on around half the people I've stopped these last few weeks. It's been a while, however, since I've heard anyone refer to it as "pleather." Part of fake leather's online rebranding, perhaps?

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