The news was first reported the same day a six-page article thoroughly detailing his addiction (to Gucci in particular) was published by GQ. The article was picked up by several online outlets, setting the internet abuzz over “shocking” tidbits, like that he’d spent around half a million dollars on designer clothes over three years.
The essay included a list of some of his most expensive Gucci items, like a $22,000 coat. In some parts, the essay had a braggy tone; while other parts sounded pretty serious and a bit desperate. He also wrote in the essay that he’s in therapy for sex addiction.
According to a study from 2006, about 6% of women and 5.5% of men are compulsive shoppers. It’s a very real addiction, but one that’s not as black and white as, say, a heroin addiction. For instance, there are probably several people in the fashion world (ahem, Anna Dello Russo anyone?) who’ve spent quite a bit more than $600k in three years on clothes, and who probably won’t be checking into rehab any time soon.
So now, real talk: When do you think compulsive shopping crosses over into addiction territory? And how many people in the fashion industry do you think are bona fide addicts? If fashion is part of your job, is it okay to shop so much?