Well, Hermès, we just may have found a buyer for that $91,500 crocodile t-shirt of yours. Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has penned a mind-boggling screed for the April issue of GQ, in which he confesses to a shopping addiction that has, from 2010 to 2012, run him $587,412.97.
His vice of choice? Gucci. More specifically, Gucci leather, although he rattles off some 40-odd designer brands whose wares also stuff his closets. He writes:
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.
His sales associate at Gucci is the “Divine Stylist”. He gets to FROW it at Milan Fashion Week with the upper echelon of editors. He swigs Cristal with Team Gucci in the VIP section of some hipper-than-hip dance club.
And while some have tried to call his bluff — it would make for quite the April Fool’s joke, after all — the mounting evidence is in his favor.
Bissinger can be seen in videos on CBS‘ website wearing embellished leather jackets, and in a series of photos sporting heeled boots, skintight leather pants, and, in one shot, little more than skimpy striped underwear. We’ll warn you, though: that last image is going to be a hard one to un-sear from your brain.