While clicking throught TOPSHOP's online lookbook, this cardigan naturally caught my eye:
I immediately clicked on the "shop this look" button, thinking for sure I couldn't afford something so lovely and hand-crocheted. Then I saw the price and I felt ill. Only 46 pounds? Quick calculation so you can join me in my outrage...that's only 53 euro, or 75 USD!
Since I crochet a lot, I know how much time and effort would go into something like this. I recently made a shawl for a friend of mine with a pattern much less complicated that this...one minute of crocheting that pattern got me about 3 inches of fabric.
The jacket above would take me, an intermediate crocheter about 40 hours. So I ask you, how much is that hand-crocheter getting paid once Topshop takes it's cut?
I don't even what to think about the labour costs to make this coat, originally prices at 110 pounds, marked down to.... 10!: