5 Questions With @PilgrimNYC

Vintage or New?
Both but prefer vintage as the clothing wasn’t made in china.Vintage is much better made clothing which is why it lasts. Rarely do I buy new clothing.New clothing is mostly “throw away until next season” clothing mass produced, shoddy workmanship
made in China, Vietnam or Cambodia or the Dominican Republic. Only independent designers
who make their clothing locally do I ever buy — made in America. Not because I’m patriotic, but
because I appreciate and respect quality and workers being treated in a more humane manner
than what goes on in the sweatshops of third world countries.
Best place to shop?
Independent stores with a point of view in any major city (New York, Paris, Florence, Milan, London). The rest has been swallowed up by corporate bean counters who treat fashion companies publicly owned only by the bottom line of what sells to the masses, i.e., Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, tommy hilfiger, etc. Most of it isn’t even an attempt at fashion. It’s cookie cutter for the masses. It’s basically
a sham. I try not to be cynical about it, but it is what it is
Is fashion a part of our cultural heritage?
I guess. for some. I think 90 percent of Americans have no clue what their cultural heritage is. The
young people of America simply aren’t intellectually curious much anymore. Most kids in fashion now
have no reference point. They have no idea who Norman Norell, Halston, Adele Simpson, Madame Gres, etc. are or where or what the clothes were about. Most young people entering into fashion
have a grandiose idea of only wanting to be famous but aren’t really interested in producing anything
fantastic or about quality.
Fave piece of clothing/footwear you own?
Vintage Balmain Sweater/footwear 1960’s hand sewn red wing boots
Fave fashion quote?

The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it. — Diana Vreeland

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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