OT- a quality ostrich strap (not a high-end one) easily costs in the $120-150 range... if you can find a new, genuine jacket for a couple of grands anywhere it would be worth purchasing, imagine the profit by tearing it apart and making straps out of it. :-dHaven’t we heard recently of some mister M., who paid five zeros to some NYC “designer” for a horribly tacky ostrich jacket he could have had for a couple grands in Vietnam (where it well may be actually made)?
Seriously: I'm no American so I googled to find press reports and know who this Mr.M was... I won't discuss his tastes (nor his legal or illegal activities), but if you go walking on a fashion street next to you (for me it's Via Montenapoleone in Milan) you'll easily see that $15k for certain clothing items isn't an outrageous price tag; for instance, in other sections of this forum a $25k watch would be pretty ordinary, or else, generally speaking, a $200k sports car or a $2M house make no scandal.
Not your cup of tea maybe (surely not mine), but using such an argument to try and "shock the masses" is just poor journalism, IMHO.