I own eighty-one leather jackets, seventy-five pairs of boots, forty-one pairs of leather pants, thirty-two pairs of haute couture jeans, ten evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves. Those who conclude from this that I have a leather fetish, an extreme leather fetish, get a grand prize of zero. And those who are familiar with my choices will sign affidavits attesting to the fact that I wear leather every day. The self-expression feels glorious, an indispensable part of me. As a stranger said after admiring my look in a Gucci burgundy jacquard velvet jacket and a Burberry black patent leather trench, “You don’t give a fuck.” The most expensive leather jacket I own, a Gucci ostrich skin, cost $13,900. The most expensive evening jacket I own, also from Gucci, black napa leather with gold threading, cost $9,800. The most expensive leather pants, $5,600. The most expensive jeans, $2,500. The most expensive pair of boots, $2,600. The most expensive pair of gloves, $1,015. Gucci by far makes up the highest percentage of my collection. The Gucci brand has always held special power for me, ever since the 1960s, when the Gucci loafer with the horsebit hardware was the rage, and my father, who fancied himself as being anti-status when he secretly loved it, broke down and bought a pair. Followed by my mother’s purchase of the famous Jackie O. shoulder bag. As a 13-year-old, I circled the old store on Fifth Avenue several times before getting up the courage to go in and buy a Gucci wallet covered with the insignia. [GQ]

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  1. Posted by Guest | March 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Hermes on Madison Ave has the perfect t-shirt for you, BB.

  2. Posted by Abe_Froman_ | March 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Mb you should return a pair of gloves and invest in a gym membership. Just bc a fabric will stretch, doesn’t mean it should.

  3. Posted by guest | March 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    he's asking a lot of that shirt.

  4. Posted by Justice Scalia | March 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Oh man, what a gay wardrobe … not that there's anything wrong with that.

  5. Posted by bbetttieee | March 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    um ewww just ewww

  6. Posted by Agent Smecker | March 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    What a fag!

    -Paul Smecker, FBI

  7. Posted by Guest | March 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    You know who else doesn't give a fuck?

    - guy whose most expensive pair of jeans cost $50 from Levi's

  8. Posted by broseph | March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    As a stranger said after admiring my look in a Gucci burgundy jacquard velvet jacket and a Burberry black patent leather trench, "You're a g-d-damn faggy idiot!"

  9. Posted by Mrs_Slocombe | March 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Silly me…and here I thought this was a post about compulsory after hours leisure-wear for all John Thomas Financial “investment professionals”

  10. Posted by @gigondas | March 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    how pathetic to read this while pedicuring my toes with a $1,250 Swarovski toenail clipper.

  11. Posted by Conan the Destroyer | March 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    All those expensive clothes and you went with the sunglasses from the truck stop mini-mart? You're right, you don't give a fuck.

  12. Posted by PermaGuestII | March 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Is it really that uncommon to wear leather every day?

    -guy wearing shoes and a belt

  13. Posted by DingALing | March 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Haven't worn jeans since I was 14

    -Guy whose wardrobe consists mostly of brooks brothers

  14. Posted by Incitatus | March 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    3 random thoughts, here:
    1. I could look just as idiotic for a tiny fraction of 600 grand.
    2. Everybody wants to be king of a kingdom, and I suppose that sadly includes your walk-in closet.
    3. I bet his wife isn't worried. At all. Nope, not one little bit.

  15. Posted by Anon | March 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Bravo. Esp. 1.

  16. Posted by mailroom analyst | March 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Already spent mine on a bar of oreo ice cream.