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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 wasn'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.
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Israeli-born American designer Elie Tahari has been designing clothing since 1974. Although those original garments were flashy Studio 54-influenced women's wear, his brand has since become more tailored. He eventually added menswear and accessories to his empire. In 1997, Tahari co-founded Theory and later sold his share in the brand. With such a strong eye and feeling for design, we wondered what Tahari might ever have had Buyer's Remorse about. We were surprised to learn how similar his regret was to designer Kenneth Cole's Buyer's Remorse story. Maybe successful male designers should just avoid the water...
Racked: Can you tell us about something you were initially excited to buy but ended up regretting?
Elie Tahari: I bought a boat.
Elie Tahari: And never used it.
(Ah well, at least unlike Kenneth Cole's boat, Elias' didn't sink.)