A Week Of Camping Like A Vogue Editor Costs More Than A Fashion Assistant's Annual Salary
October 31, 2011
Must be nice.
$31, 349*: it might sound like a cushy salary to the protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but over on the 12th floor of 4 Times Square in the glass tower bubble that is Vogue, it’s just the amount you’d drop on a low-key weekend in the woods.
Their article on “glamping,” yep, that’s the term coined for “glamorous camping,” featured a bevy of must-have items to pack, all of which subscribed to the “Lewis and Clark spirit gone luxe” mentality: think of it like Diddy’s take on Into the Wild.
A week’s stay at “Kate’s Lazy Meadow” glampsite in New York’s Catskills costs $2,100–but when you bring a Vogue editor along, things really start to add up.
A few standouts from their packing list:
An $800 wood-carved chess set = 800 rounds of Monday Night dollar drafts at the Stumble Inn.
A $2,800 children’s camping tent (which you’re expected to bring with you to the lodge) = more than a year’s worth of groceries–at Whole Foods. In Union Square.
The $1,150 leather-trimmed Prada backpack? = a brand-new Mac Book—after tax. And Miuccia’s creation doesn’t even come armed with Google Maps.
Oh, and that “price upon request” Hermes armchair? If you’re wondering, I called: it’s $11,100 (and that’s not including the foot stool). To put it in perspective, a year’s rent on the Lower East Side costs me only a couple hundred more than that.
C’mon guys, what happened to packing a couple of Rails plaid shirts, leggings, military jackets, and shearling shoes in your overnight bag and busting out the s’mores and citronella candles? So much for roughing it.
*This includes a week’s lodging, plus all of the items cited in Vogue’s packing list.