The Best and Worst Dressed of the Bay

Yesterday, I posted some thoughts on an infographic that showed Bay Area cities ranking highest in terms of national fashion budgets. I was “shocked and speechless” because it just doesn’t sit right with the view that we have of ourselves.

But is it really OUR view, or are we just eating the joke the rest of the country is playing on us?

In this new infographic, created in light of GQ’s original listing, we can see the “15 Worst Dressed Men of Silicon Valley.” Notables include Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), Ron Conway (the world’s largest “super-angel” investor), Howard Stringer (Sony CEO), Tom Anderson (THE Tom who founded MySpace), Dennis Crowley (founder of Foursquare), Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (who’s signature shirt is actually cashmere), and of course Mr. Hoodie himself; Mark Zuckerberg.

These are VERY rich people, and quite a few on the list are actually quite young. Ironically, those youngins are also the WORST dressed on the list (like SCVNGR app founder Seth Priebatsch).

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And yet, here is 7×7 Magazine’s list of of “Best-Dressed San Franciscans.” A very different view, and a very different ego.

I’m not sure what all of this means yet, other than our community’s sense of style is nothing short of bipolar.

I’m wondering how much of this has to do with our cultural background. Silicon Valley was just an empty valley before 1950. It’s a young neighborhood and doesn’t have the cultural heritage that most cities do. Such as San Francisco, who’s residents are reminded of the past every day they work out of their victorian 100-year-old front door.

If only we could push the two together?

 

Story // Matthew Mountford

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