“Fashion Jews”

What the hell are “Fashion Jews?”   Amy Odell is losing it over at The Cut.

The Cut is a HUGE blog. How can this headline still be up after it appeared this morning?! What next, Fashion Blacks? Or is it just a Jew Thing… like Sports Jews, Business Jews, Art Jews? I guess when I go to Starbucks, I’m a Coffee Jew.

I’ll bet you anything, by tomorrow someone will be selling t-shirts that say “Fashion Jew.” I want one!

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41 Responses to “Fashion Jews”

  1. Nadia says:

    Hahahaha – GOLDEN!!!!

  2. I want the t-shirt too!

  3. Sister Wolf says:

    Make Do – Maybe Nadia and Cami can make them for us?? I’m a TOTAL Fashion Jew!

  4. Imelda Matt says:

    I’ll have ‘lil chitens screen printing ‘Faux Fashion Asian’ tees by night fall!

  5. Juri says:

    The Eternal Fashion Jew decides what we wear. It’s common knowledge. It’s all in The Protovogue of the Elders of Zion!!

  6. m8 says:

    I’m a “fashion Jew”… I work in the industry, and I do have to say that it is quite reprehensible that the FNO shindig during Rosh Hashana….It ignores a huge group of people who work hard and have had a large part in the history of fashion. People who would like to take part in the fun. I know FNO is not about that, but it would have been nice if it had been considered when planned.

  7. sketch42 says:

    Thats really funny. And sad.

  8. suzbee says:

    Oy gevalt, Sis Wolf. If you would make a Fashion Jew tee shirt, you would sell them like hot latkes! Of course, it needs to say “Challah!” on the back (I stole that from an old “Challah” on the front, “Challah back” on the back tee). Put me down for one.

  9. deja pseu says:

    Oh, I want one too!

  10. Joy D. says:

    yikes, I like reading the Cut but they find ways to write pretty terrible articles like the one about the chick from Mad Men and her hissy fit about not getting a sample size dress for free.

  11. Aja says:

    Perhaps YOU are a Fashion Jew. As I am a Fashion Black.

  12. Dru says:

    One of her other posts that day complained about Liam Gallagher looking ‘boxy’ in a parka.

    I repeat, LIAM GALLAGHER. of OASIS. In a PARKA. (sorry for the allcaps, but it needed the emphasis) Jesus, doesn’t she know how to use Google, or her brain (to, y’know, check that he’s been wearing this shit since 1990 or so ?)

  13. aine says:

    i don’t know anything about writing articles or blog posts but why would you put the entire story in the headline? Plus they just passed up the opportunity to put Oy Vey! in a headline. Asshats

  14. Angelica says:

    Haven’t you heard? Fashion Jews are this fall’s hottest accessory. It goes well with the “nomadic baglady” look…via that one person who said that they would tie their husband and kids to their outfit.

  15. Cricket9 says:

    I would have to make one with “Fashion Eastern European” at the front and “Fashion Canadian” at the back. But then it would have to be, actually, a hybrid: folk embroidered linen flouncy shirt at the front, and a lumberjack shirt at the back.

  16. Andra says:

    I, myself, am sticking with the unfashion athiest look that I do so well.

  17. the real andrea says:

    I understand what you mean, but as a Jewish New Yorker, I also understand her (and the Cut’s) point. As I was reading about FNO and arranging to have my family over for Rosh Hashana dinner on Sept 10, I was also surprised to realize that these 2 events were on the same day. I wasn’t planning on going to any of the events, but I was wondering about this. If you are a born and bred New Yorker, you know that New York is a Jewish city. There is much Jewishness interspersed into secular New York culture, Yiddish words are spoken by non Jews because they are part of the lexicon, and Jews make up a big part of the rag trade. They probably started it here as well, but I am not a historian. Barneys was started by a Jewish man with a pushcart. It seems to me that most of your posters are not New York Jews, like myself and m8, so you probably don’t have a clue what this is about, nor do I expect you to. And I guess I am a “Fashion Jew” because I am Jewish and I love fashion. If you do make the T shirt, let me know, because I want one.

  18. Taylor says:

    I was really weirded out by the title of this, but what the FUCK is that picture?

  19. Aja says:

    Sorry real Andrea but New York belongs to everyone (the Chinese, the blacks, the Puerto Ricans and last but not least, the WASPs), not just the Jewish. That would be the equivalent of me getting mad because events are being held during Kwanzaa. And you said it yourself, you weren’t planning on going . . .

  20. Aja says:

    . . . and isn’t that what makes New York great? That it’s a melting pot?

  21. Sister Wolf says:

    the real andrea – I’m just astonished by the term “Fashion Jews.” Are people who go to Borders “Book Jews?” It strikes me as racist, particularly as Amy Odell’s surname suggests that she’s a Fashion Goy.

  22. I think this is just an unfortunate case of ‘quick, we must think of a snappy headline’ syndrome. ‘It’s got to be short and sweet, team, else it won’t fit on one line! Quick! Someone! We go live in five!’ y’know.
    And it clearly worked if we can’t stop going on about it. But that isn’t great is it, though since when has fashion respected religion?

  23. TheShoeGirl says:

    IM A SHOE JEW!!! Yippee! And today I am also a hungover Jew and a cranky Jew.

  24. Marky says:

    I went to the best Fashion Jew’s wedding tonight!

  25. Sister Wolf says:

    like Ao isn’t – Ooooh, a self-loathing Fashion Jew ???

  26. m8 says:

    Well of course NY is for everyone, but I think that the point is that the fashion industry in NYC was largely made/created and supported by Jewish (and Italian) immigrants in the early 1900’s, and even though today the industry is much more diverse, those who planned it did not seem to give much thought to the fact that they would be having it during an important Jewish high holy holiday.
    There are still many Jews in the industry (not just employees, but owners of smaller companies)…..they may not be as well known as Yigal Azroul – who is actually going to put in an appearance the first night, despite it being Rosh Hashana – but there are still a lot of Jews working in the background who would like to go, but now cannot.
    I myself am not observant, so I am a Fashion Jewish-ish… but it is still pretty disrespectful to the thousands who are who most likely wanted to go and will not because of the overlap.

    And, SW – if you do make the Tees, I will wear one without a doubt!

  27. Wow, there sure do seem to be a lot of us Blogging Jews. I had no idea! In London, no one gives a shit if you are a Jew or not when it comes to fashion week.

    Luckily, Yom Kippur (day of fast) usually lands somewhere between London and Milan fashion weeks. It’s a great way for me to practice not eating anyway because whether you’re a Fashion Jew or any other kind of fashion person, eating isn’t necessarily on the agenda.

    Now pass the gefilte fish and let’s call it a day.

  28. the real andrea says:

    Oo, I am glad that I checked back to see this comments. Aja, my comment was not intended to sound superior or racist. One of the reasons that I love NY so much IS the mix of all the cultures that contribute to make it such a great place to live. I have lived in several cities in the US, and there is just nothing like NY. There are Jewish things about NY, but also, Black, Asian, Irish, and every other ethnic group that came here for the same reasons. Of course I know that. I am a liberal Upper West Sider from 10025, one of the most liberal areas of the country. People in my neighborhood were dancing in the streets when Obama was elected. All ethnicities have contributed to NY’s diversity, with energy on the streets that can’t compare to anywhere else. The fact is, though, that the garment center, where a good portion of American made clothes are manufactured, IS heavily made up of Jewish people. I worked there for several summer jobs and then for a couple of years before I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I know from where I speak. There has to be a reason why there are so many kosher restaurants in and around the garment center, right? There is also a garment center synagogue. I also can say that the NY that you know may not be the NY that I grew up in. I was born in 1953, and there were different waves of immigrants settling in NY from the turn of the last century to about mid century. The fact also is that many Eastern European Jews came here and worked at the same trade in their new city (NY), as they did in Europe. They came over here and that is what they knew how to do. My grandmother was one of those people.

    The thing that Aja does’t understand (and why should she if she is not Jewish) is that on Jewish holy days, from sundown the eve of, to sundown at the end of the holy day (or in this case 2 days, Thursday and Friday), if you are observant, no work is permitted, no shopping, no turning on lights, no cooking (all the cooking is done the day before and kept on a warming platform on a stove- I don’t do this but some do) and you are supposed to go to services and have special family meals, sort of like on Christmas for non Jews. So it is kind of an affront to the observant Jews that work in and own companies in the fashion trade. Some Jews only observe one day of Rosh Hashana (Thurs), so it wouldn’t be an issue for them. On other Jewish holidays, like passover and chanukah, work is permitted, so it wouldn’t be a problem then either. In this case, Rosh Hashana is one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. I think that maybe that is the problem here, that you guys don’t really understand the meaning of this particular holy day. For some Jews, it doesn’t matter, and for others, it does. It’s important to my husband, so I observe it with him. (And I get to wear a nice outfit to services.)

    In my initial comment I was just trying to explain why she said “fashion Jews”. That’s all. I could have just said “the garment center and the fashion business has a lot of Jews in it”, period. And I think that is what Amy Odell meant too. Sorry if you were offended, that was not my intent.

  29. Aja says:

    Well put Layers and Swath! Andrea I wasn’t offended really. And probably to your surprise, I do understand many a Jewish holidays, spoken as a black shiksa who’s dated a handful of Jewish men 😉

  30. liz says:

    I am a new yorker, i happen to be jewish, i like fashion and new york magazine can go fuck themselves. I normally wouldn’t think this is racist, but my sister used to work there and they’re a bunch of bitches.

  31. HelOnWheels says:

    SW, you should start a CafePress account and give us Fashion Jews (etc) t-shirts.

    This Mojito Russian Jew is offended by what I see as a racist, and boring, headline.

  32. liz says:

    @HelonWheels, holy shit i’m a mojito Russian Jew as well, small world.

  33. HelOnWheels says:

    @liz Holy shit!!! *embraces liz* Моя сестра!!! Just for this evening I’m going to become a Wine Russian Jew. Want to switch ethnicities along with me?? 😉

  34. liz says:

    @HelOnWheels Da! : ) haha, already on it.

  35. Sister Wolf says:

    HelOnWheels & liz – I love it when two Fashion Jews meet in the comments here!!!

  36. Hortense says:

    Fashion Jews is like saying Frumpy Goyim–so redundant.

  37. hammiesays says:

    I”m just a boring fashion prod…..And there isn’t a single holiday that you could violate for us. Bugger xx

  38. Cranky Jane says:

    Desperate to slight Amy Odell, her bad writing, ire that she’s “made it” in (some) part of the writing industry, at all, I revive this post with that angle. By sheer bad luck, I came upon Amy Odell’s New York Post article about her interview with Anna Wintour. August 30, 2015. All comments here are legions higher in quality than what Odell wrote in that article, and, I expect, par for the course, yet she is the online editor for Cosmopolitan now? (Oh, Lawd. I just read her own bio on the Cosmopolitan website. She states she is a feminist).

    A read of the Wintour interview is to put to rest all notion that, to be successful, one requires talent. As to her being a feminist? Odell writes and sounds like a jackass, and manages to singlehandedly affirm a lot of public perception about young women, and pretty much seals any question anyone might have had about Cosmopolitan’s fall from what had once been one hell of a magazine, with quality writing, to what it has become. Odell’s writing is peppered with, “I was like…”. More discouraging, a Simon & Schuster editor “found” her on Twitter, and they supported the blasted book she wrote. Why does any of this matter? Because the work world didn’t depend on “likes,” and it, and journalism, (Odell cannot dare call herself a “journalist”), and writing, and newspapers, and magazines were worth something, and because Odell doesn’t get it.

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