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Jay McCarroll's Buyer's Remorse "Probably Cost $100,000"

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

Photo credit: Bonnie Datt

With all the attention Anya Ayoung-Chee is getting as the new winner of Project Runway, we thought it would be fun to check in with Jay McCarroll, the winner of the show's First Season, and ask him for a Buyer's Remorse story. We still think Jay's final collection was the show's all-time best: stylish, fun and innovative, yet timeless. Jay continues to design clothing and accessories, but is also now doing a line of textiles called Jay McCarroll Fabrics. When we spoke to Jay, he initially had trouble thinking of something he regretted buying, but the witty and loquacious designer eventually shared what is probably this series' most costly case of Buyer's Remorse to date. And Jay was quite clear about what he would have preferred to have spent his money on...

Racked: Jay, you're someone we've really wanted to get a Buyer's Remorse story from for a long time now. What have you regretted buying?

Jay McCarroll: I have to think of this. I don't buy that much stuff. I'm a frugal person. Fabrics. I regret buying fabric and not using it. [I've got] a whole room of fabric that probably cost $100,000, if not more, that I don't use. I wish I could have that $100,000 in cash right now so I could buy a 21-year-old Dominican houseboy. That would be nice.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
·Jay McCarroll [Official Site]