STUPIDLY EXPENSIVE ITEMS, ARE THEY WORTH IT?

STUPIDLY EXPENSIVE ITEMS, ARE THEY WORTH IT?

by Sam Gunn
4 min

Nobody is a stranger to fashion these days, the highs and lows of a lucrative industry embroiled in the luxury garments, sought-after sneakers and for some, very expensive homeware, accessories, and everything else you can think of. It makes sense to the high rollers that these items are needed in their home, but others may disagree…

Skateboards, lighters, yoga mats – to name a few – have embellished themselves into luxury brands of today, carrying a hefty price tag along the way. These high-priced hot picks are the talking point of our latest round up – from armchairs to sporting goods – is there a place for these expensive, and not actually that useful products?

SAINT LAURENT MARBLE SKATEBOARD – £1354 / $1354

© Saint Laurent

The Saint Laurent Marble Skateboard epitomises impracticality. It is quite clear this is a show-off piece to sit alongside your other high-price furniture. It may look good, but you’ll get nowhere without a set of trucks as they aren’t included in the price…

PRADA LOGO EXERCISE MAT – £1650 / $1650

© Prada

Prada have at least thought to be health conscious with their product execution. The Logo Exercise Mat obviously does the same job as every other yoga mat on the market but comes with a Prada logo – hence the price tag.

TIFFANY & CO LEATHER AND WALNUT TENNIS TABLE PADDLES – £630 / $720

© Tiffany & Co

We all love to play table tennis, right? Doing it in style is a bonus. Tiffany & Co have transformed the usual into handcrafted works of art. They may come in at a price, but they have been converted into a luxurious alternative of leather, American walnut, and sterling silver touches. 

PATEK PHILLIPPE NAUTILIS WATCH – £37,530 / $47,148

© Patek Phillipe

The lucrative side of life will almost always include a watch. Patek Phillipe is a timepiece titan where elegance, sport and luxury meet. Step aside Rolex, Patek’s Nautilus range is a league and price above, dressing the arms of everyone from Drake to Jay-Z. But in real talk – they all tell the time, don’t they?

GUCCI GG JACQUARD ARMCHAIR – £4800 / $6027

© Gucci

When Gucci comes to mind, it is high-fashion, Harry Styles, monogram bags and G-dominated designs. Not armchairs. Whereas this armchair may look appealing to the biggest Gucci fans, where would it fit in? In a Gucci shop, maybe. Surely not in your living room.

TOM SACHS X-CHAIR – £12,600 / $15,821

© SSENSE

Tom Sachs is the name behind sought-after Nike’s most of the time. But best known for his artistic work, his conceptual practice showcases a materialistic culture. Where Sachs’ work is interesting to look at, does it belong in a museum or at the dining table? 

BOTTEGA VENETA ROLLER SKATES – £1565 / $1965

© Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta has arrived at a new level of luxury as of late. This has developed itself into everything from boots to bags, now roller skates. Always dressed in premium materiality, and in keeping with Bottega’s style, there is no branding on these roller skates, so who will actually know they are Bottega? Maybe if you try them out at Paris Fashion Week people will notice.

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