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It Took Acquiring Absolutely Everything For Tom Ford to Realize Materialism Doesn’t Make Him Happy

As the head designer at Gucci, it was Tom Ford’s job to create and push aspirational material goods — $14,000 dresses, $2,000 handbags, $1,200 shoes — on consumers. As the force behind his eponymous label, he’s still doing it. If there’s anyone to blame for our obsession with amassing expensive luxury goods and a more more more attitude, besides ourselves, it is designer-cum-director Tom Ford and the men like him. But as someone responsible for so much gluttony, he’s upset that “in our culture we’re never happy” with those things. “We will never be fulfilled because this will continue until the day we day,” he tells The Daily Beast. “Of course I was a part of it.”

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30 Comments

  • Cam

    He’s still a part of it…hey Tom, if you really want to convince us that you believe the B.S. you’re spouting, how about wearing a suit that DOESN’T cost $2000, and I’m willing to bet he’s in a pair of $500.00 shoes and has a $5,000 watch on his wrist and only flies first class.

  • FakeName

    Until the day we…day?! Seriously? Still available for that proofreading gig guys!

  • alan brickman

    his plastic surgery is pretty good and and costly too…..

  • HarveyLiveS

    frankly, i’m sick of A-gays who spend their lives collecting expensive little toys, and then do absoutely nothing to contribute to the global fight for gay-les-trans rights and against the genocide we face. at least the rich white gays at the big gay organizations put some of their resources to good use, rather than *just* to self-promotion.

    I care about tom ford exactly as much as i do about tiger woods.

    ps, what’s up with closeting the gay guy in your new movie?

  • Qjersey

    I vote both him and Marc Jacobs off the island.

  • Mo

    You guys, you are so Bitter Old Queerty! What is it that has so offended you? You have a blog, he has a career. He has money you have porn ads. He has made a great movie, you have spent most of your morning stealing information from other blogs and news sites. He is being interviewed, travelling the world and you are stuck in your apartment all day. I really don’t understand (well, I do—i’m not sure this is all an act) the perpetual bitchiness followed by the requisite bitchy comments from people who have equally unexciting lives.

  • Fantabuloso

    This is someone who has worked in an industry where materialism and superficiality rules. It would be wrong for me to lambast his views, since I don’t understand where he is coming from.

  • fleabite

    @mo

    I’m looking down from my high horse when I say that you have no depth, are uncouth and are a hypocrite. I won’t explain my positions. I get headaches easily from you types and must ride away now. Have fun eating mud!

  • Mark

    Hey Tom – what about your big expensive new house you’re building and that huge ranch too?

  • Cam

    So he’s eaten everything he can and he’s still hungry. Poor baby.

  • ksyxx

    That’s what the editor of this site looks like?! Bang in a heartbeat ^^

  • sal(the original)

    tom help homeless gay kids!!!!!!!!!pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!and help gays in third world countries!!!!!!!!!!i KNOW it will fill your heart with joy to see a gay person who can get an equal chance at life

  • earl trowbridge

    The Buddha said that life is suffering caused by craving. We can choose to crave and consume but we will still be unhappy. Thank you, Mr. Ford, for confirmation of this truth.

  • jason

    Fashion designers have made a lot of money off dumb, stupid women who are obsessed with their appearance. Women are so incredibly gullible in their quest to look “trendy” and “sexy”. Girls, you’re not better than 20 cent molls. Go get a life.

    2000 dollars for a handbag? Gosh, what a waste of money!!!

  • adam

    Tom, darling, if you’re not happy with your lot, you can always give your money back to the stupid women who bought your goods.

  • AxelDC

    Money can never buy happiness, but it can buy lots of things to keep misery at bay. Expecting fulfillment from money is like expecting love from sex.

  • AxelDC

    I think men have a lot more to do with that. We gay men know very well that pleasing fickle male taste is a full-time job.

    No. 15 · jason

    Fashion designers have made a lot of money off dumb, stupid women who are obsessed with their appearance.

  • Paul

    mo, STFU…you sound more bitter that the people of whom you are accusing…re Tom Ford, I tried to read the whole paragraph but nodded off…ZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • New York Chris

    I watched Tom on Charlie Rose last night. Interestingly, I think a lot of what he does in his personal life actually helps us. He just lives his life. And fyi: If you live in Manhattan, and you go to a store to buy a suit that does not look like you just graduated from college, you have to spend a couple of bucks on it. It’s all relative people.

    And as for his not giving to “Worthy” causes. How the hell do you know? I do quite well for myself, and I give a great deal to gay and lesbian political and charitable causes, but I do so either anonymously or with little or no fanfare. I do that because giving to charity is not about lauding myself publicly for it, but to help the charity itself.

    And as for someone’s comment that Falconer is “closeted” in the movie….have you seen it or read the book, moron. It was the 60’s. He was as out as someone of that era could be.

  • Tonyboy

    Is it me or does Tom Ford sort of sound like Snaggle Puss?

  • John from England(used to be just John but there are other John's)

    @ NewYork Chris

    You sound too sensible to comment on this blog. Quick, get away from your keyboard!

  • tril el

    John from England

    You’re definitely a douchebag.

  • Sexy Rexy

    Tom Ford is active with several charities….he just doesn’t broadcast it. I like Tom; I think he is cool. And no, being gay is NOT everything that defines him, nor should it define everyone else. It SHOULD be a PART of your life that you share, but some folks make it sound like it should be the ONLY thing defining you!!!!

  • jason

    I agree that too many gay people define themselves on the basis of their sexuality. Everything they do is about sex, sex, sex. It’s too narrow a focus. Sex is important, but so is having an active interest in politics, social issues, and friendships in general.

    My friend got turned off by the gay scene when he realized that every guy who was saying “hello” to him was also staring at his crotch while saying it.

  • Sexy Rexy

    My friend got turned off by the gay scene when he realized that every guy who was saying “hello” to him was also staring at his crotch while saying it.
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    HAHAHA!! @ Jason, that is okay sometimes, but there is a time and place for it, I agree. Now that I am older, I realize how much I missed out on as a young fella ’cause I was too busy staring at crotches and not at the things that really matter.

  • James Davis

    Meh, sounds like a load of BS.

  • Crispy

    If people are in a position to spend top dollar on luxury goods….why do you care? Most of those people aren’t choosing to buy a bag over feeding their family, they just happen to have the money. I happen to love expensive clothes and if I have to save up for six months to buy a suit that is quality rather than spend 100 dollars at the mall and have it fall apart, why is that a big deal or even your business? Life is so much easier once you stop focusing on other people and just focus on yourself.

  • Cam

    No. 25 · jason

    My friend got turned off by the gay scene when he realized that every guy who was saying “hello” to him was also staring at his crotch while saying it.
    ______________________________-

    A gay guy Going out to a singles style gay bar and then saying you’re turned off because people were interested in sex, would be like Joining a fraternity then quitting college and climing that college is only about beer. Your friend should have gone out in the daytime and met a few other gay people. The fact that he was in “The Scene” tells me he was probably looking for only one thing as well.

  • AxelDC

    As opposed to the straight scene, where guys can’t say hello without looking at a girl’s tits.

    No. 25 · jason

    I agree that too many gay people define themselves on the basis of their sexuality. Everything they do is about sex, sex, sex. It’s too narrow a focus. Sex is important, but so is having an active interest in politics, social issues, and friendships in general.

    My friend got turned off by the gay scene when he realized that every guy who was saying “hello” to him was also staring at his crotch while saying it.

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