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Tribalism in Effect

FOR A WHILE NOW, the dopest versions of homeboy style have included items of clothing featuring their original price tags. This is nothing if not a fiercely logical move in the street-style wars, and its meaning belongs to common sense more than to any individual act of bravado, even though we can’t help imagining that someone, somewhere, was the first to do it. There are no iron laws of fashion, but it is equally misleading to perpetuate the theory of individual taste-makers, whether it applies to singularly inspired fashion victims or to haute designers, who have been ransacking street style for over twenty years now.

With youth style going international at breakneck speed, the logic of the marketplace has itself become an object of sartorial terrorism, and so, for outsider sleuths in pursuit of the vox pop, the best tip is to “follow the money.” The visibility of the homeboy’s price

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