After nearly five decades of concept cars and teasers, the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is now so close we can smell it. People have been waiting on tenterhooks for this new Chevy, especially since they announced it would be available on July 18th. Some people are so excited that they’ve actually started making renderings of the 2020 Chevrolet C8, and here are some of the best.
The original image that this render is drawn from is a black-and-white camo, featuring Mary Barra (the General Motors CEO) looking rather proud of Chevy’s new offering. However, the rendering shows the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette in a stunning orange shade that makes all of us want to count down the days until July 18th. The front fascia has also had some work, but it’s the recoloring that really helps us see some of the finer details of this new Corvette. The flared sections around the doors and the trunk lid spoiler is giving us some serious feels right now.
Dark Gray Delight
This rendering does even more to show off those fine lines on the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette. The lines from the front to the windshield are more chiseled than Arnie in his prime. The hourglass shape would also give Marilyn Monroe a run for her money. The dark gray color has us all hoping and wishing that Chevy are going to release the new C8 in this shade. If not, then we know some great paint shops.
Mean Green Machine
Finally, we have this green masterpiece. This gives us a much better look at the huge front intake of the C8, including the aerodynamic additions. The side view gives us more of an insight into that figure of 8 shape, along with the wheel arches. Some have likened it to a more stylish 2019 Chevrolet Camaro – with added aero blades.
None of us can wait until July 18th, especially not with these renderings. We just can’t wait to see the final product on the roads!
40+ Personal Shoppers Share Tales of What It’s Like Shopping for the Elite
The world’s wealthiest have people to take care of everything, and that includes their shopping. Whether it’s clothing, luxury goods, once in a lifetime (for most people) experiences, or bespoke holiday gifts, the top 1% always have someone to rely on. As you would expect, personal shoppers face all sorts of ridiculous requests, odd requirements, and last-minute fashion emergencies. Delve into the mysterious world of the wealthy and take a look at these stories from high-level personal shoppers.
Get the Whole Family Together
Some companies — especially those that make coveted goods — have limits on how much individuals can buy. This is an attempt to be fair, so that everyone has a chance to get the newest iPhone. However, the super-rich have ways around such pesky rules, and won’t let anything stop them from getting what they want.
For this personal stylist, that meant enlisting several of her family members in order to get six iPhones for a client. Who cares if one person has to sleep outside the store overnight?
Everyone Has the Red!
When you’re seen out and about in the latest designer swag, you don’t want to be snapped in the same look as someone else. Obviously, that’s a major faux pas. But don’t worry, because the personal shoppers have got it covered. Before you even step foot in your favorite designer boutique, your personal shopper has sourced garments in colors that no one else has.
This personal shopper checks what the Beverly Hills department stores are stocking, and then sources other color options. Genius!
Racking Up the Air Miles
When it comes to luxury fashion, people aren’t exactly concerned with the environment. Whether it’s air miles, python skins, or chinchilla stoles, top fashion houses and their clientele aren’t really interested in the environmental cost of their tastes.
Just take a look at this story, where a personal shopper admits to planning their client’s holiday gift list, and then flying to Paris on a private jet just to refine the shopping list. What makes this even crazier is that the shopper needed to be in L.A.
Enjoying Unbuyable Perks
You’ll be pleased to know that working for rich people isn’t all hard work and no thanks. If you’re lucky, one of your super-wealthy clients might take a shine to you, and treat you with gifts, connections, or advice. That’s worth all the nonsense, isn’t it?
In this heartwarming post, a personal shopper reveals that one of her wealthy clients made himself available to her sick father while he was facing cancer. The top oncologist attended all consultations and paid for medicine.
Money Is of No Concern
When you have more money than most people can dream of making in a lifetime, you spend it with reckless abandon. Think about it — you could spend thousands every day and still never run out, so why not squeeze in some retail therapy once in a while?
This personal shopping tidbit comes from Michelle Liberman, the head stylist at The Shopping Friend. When Liberman’s client found out her rich husband was cheating on her, she grabbed the credit card and treated herself with no budget.
Just Keep Shopping
This next piece of personal shopping gossip comes from Alarna Hope, a Sydney-based personal shopper. Hope claims that many of her wealthy clients never get a chance to wear most of their designer clothes, and many of their items still have their tags on.
In fact, this personal shopper says that she has cleared out closets with enough new clothing to make a down payment on a house. Apparently, the client described here loved glamorous outfits but never had time to go out.
It’s Not About the Facts
If you’re super rich, you live in a world of yes. That is, you surround yourself with paid employees who constantly reassure you and reaffirm your decisions. You have VIP status, so people treat you well no matter how poorly you treat them. Your every move through life is planned and prepared by others so that you experience it as smoothly as possible.
So why, in those circumstances, would you ever accept you were any size other than what you’ve decided in your own head?
Stick to Fashion
This hilarious story comes from Valerie Halfon, who runs an NYC-based personal shopping service named Shop With Val. On this occasion, Halfon agreed to track down some fresh Formaggio cheese, but quickly realized she had bitten off more than she could chew.
After waiting weeks, ruining an outfit with cheese oil, and shelling out hundreds of dollars for dry ice, she decided to stick with fashion from now on. She jokes, “I’ll never look at mozzarella balls the same way again.”
Green Crocodile Simply Won’t Do
Amusingly, the elite’s personal shoppers must “cultivate a network of dealers” in order to keep their clients’ closets full of the most recent Yeezy sneaker or Hermès Birkin purse. While we’re zooming in on Kim K’s newest pair of Yeezies on Instagram, personal shoppers are running across the country trying to negotiate with auction houses and luxury fashion outlets.
Without all of this, the world’s wealthiest would never get their paws on a diamond-encrusted purse made from the skin of a crocodile.
Keeping Up for the Kardashians
Speaking of Kanye and Kim K — obviously, the mega-rich couple has personal shoppers buy gifts for their kids. In this case, personal shopper Nicole Pollard made gift baskets for North and Saint West, each filled with thousands of dollars’ worth of luxury goods.
Usually, personal shoppers don’t reveal the jobs they do for celebs and the super-wealthy, but Pollard was able to share her work because Kim K posted the gift baskets on Instagram. Apparently, the gifts also included low-priced educational toys.
I’ll Send the Limo
Not all personal shopper stories are bad — some are surreal, too. This tale, from personal shopper Joan Kaufman, shows that wealthy clients do offer things to their employees, but mainly just so that they can continue getting what they want.
This client stayed in Bergdorf’s so long that she had to send her limousine to pick up her shopper’s son. Then, she stayed even longer so that all three of them got stuck inside the store. Somebody stop her!
One Person’s Earrings
You’ve heard of how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, what about one person’s earrings being another person’s car? That’s what goes on in personal shopping sessions, where elite clients drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on a relatively small amount of items.
This personal shopper watched her client spend $15,000 on a pair of antique earrings, and suddenly realized how far that money would go in the real world. It’s all about perspective, eh?
We Need Meet and Greets!
Contrary to popular belief, personal shoppers don’t just buy clothing, shoes, and jewelry for their clients. Rather, personal shoppers at concierge services are asked to complete all manner of requests, including arranging celebrity meet and greets for their clients. As you might expect with the super-rich, this isn’t always asked for in a timely fashion.
This personal shopper found themselves faced with an impossible situation — booking pop star Justin Bieber on New Year’s Eve. Sadly, even they couldn’t do it.
Jet Setting and Shopping
Within the world of personal shopping, there are various levels and niches based on what type of shopper or wealthy person you are. This personal shopper organizes shopping trips for their clients, taking them to big cities where they can shop until they drop.
According to this personal shopper, these types of shopping trips are more about the experience than the goods. Somehow, we think the clients are still pretty happy when they return dripping in diamonds.
No Waiting Around
When your job is constantly being on call to people who aren’t used to hearing the word “no,” you need to be on your phone 24/7. For this personal shopper, that means non-stop texting. With their phone always in their hand, this shopper can manage to get Chanel to open their store on New Year’s Day.
You might wonder why someone would need access to the Chanel store on New Year’s Day, but that would be beside the point.
Entire Collections at Once
Usually, stores that sell high-end designer goods stock several items out of a collection. The person in charge of ordering chooses some colors and styles, and a selection will be available on the shop floor. Obviously, for VIP customers, this simply won’t do.
Personal shoppers work with department stores to make sure that their clients have access to entire collections. In the end, the client might only buy a few pieces, but it’s all worth it to keep them happy.
Take Whatever You Want
This personal shopper describes this part of her job as “legal shoplifting” because she can stroll into a top-end store and walk out with thousands of dollars’ worth of goods, without paying a cent. In this case, she was able to grab 40 bottles of Tom Ford perfume for royal clients and just skip out the front door.
While the rest of us save up our coins to buy luxury perfume for a special occasion, the world’s richest are drowning themselves in it.
Don’t Forget the Toddlers
So far, we’ve alluded to wealthy children by mentioning the gift baskets made for North and Saint West. But, we’ve got more! Wealthy people don’t just like to spend money on themselves — they also like to spend it on their kids and pets.
This tale comes from Sydney-based personal shopper Lauren Bart who worked at Threads Styling, the largest indie fashion concierge service in Europe. Bart purchased a $2,000 Chanel purse for a two-year-old child to keep her crayons in. Sigh.
Never Too Young to Shop
And while we’re talking about kids, why not mention the personal shoppers who pull items for unborn babies? That’s right — the super-wealthy get a curated closet for their little ones before they’ve even been born. How are there newborn babies dressed in clothes more expensive than what most adults own?
According to this personal shopper, this type of neonatal service comes totally free for longtime regular clients. What a wonderful world it must be.
Fully Frictionless Shopping
As we’ve mentioned, when you’re rich and powerful, you can move through the world with ease. You don’t have to find yourself a parking spot, somebody dry cleans your clothes, all of your meals arrive in front of you, and a posse of people take care of your needs before you’ve even met some of them.
Personal shoppers are part of this posse, making sure shopping trips are as smooth as possible. When clients arrive, the tailors are ready and waiting.
They’re Waiting for You
It goes without saying that wealthy clients make big bucks for their personal shoppers and stylists. Many personal shoppers make a commission based on what their clients buy, others are paid an hourly wage, and some earn both — such as personal shoppers within a department store.
This means that the network of personal shoppers is fully aware when someone wealthy is in town. After all, they want to make some money! According to this shopper, when a big spender is around, everyone’s ready for them.
A Nude Clutch, Stat!
Many clients of personal shoppers attend big events and expect to be snapped by the paparazzi. For this reason, their personal shoppers are on the sidelines to get them what they need at the last minute. In this case, that was a nude clutch for an attendee of the Grammy’s.
We’ve seen that big stores are willing to lend (or give?) items to wealthy clients at a moment’s notice. That’s what happened here when Saks stepped up. It truly takes a village.
Custom Made Only, Thanks
Some wealthy clients only accept the best, and that means they literally won’t wear clothing that other people can also purchase and wear. This rules out all clothing in most stores, leaving them with made-to-measure, bespoke, or haute couture clothing.
The client described here would only wear items specifically made for her. In these situations, some clients bring ideas or even drawings to the designer, and they work together on creating something bespoke. That way, you won’t risk seeing anyone else in your outfit.
Dogs Need Diamonds Too
We’ve had toddlers with Chanel purses and unborn babies with curated closets — it was only a matter of time until we got to the dogs. This personal shopper doesn’t just shop for gifts for humans, she also makes sure dogs get what they want on Christmas morning.
This shopper bought dog sweaters from designer online store Modus Operandi, as well as made-to-order diamond-encrusted collars. We really want to know what constitutes a “bespoke stocking stuffer” for a dog. A caviar stuffed bone?
Scouring the Globe
In this image, we have Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama alongside a blown-up version of her pumpkin clutch, made in collaboration with high fashion house Louis Vuitton. To the untrained eye, this scene might look rather confusing, but to a fashionista, this is something to behold.
That’s why this personal shopper was tasked with tracking down one of these purses. The only problem? There were only seven in the entire world. Of course, with the determination of a personal shopper, they nabbed one.
Chanel Couture Is Calling
Here’s another personal shopper who hopped on a plane with a client to check out the fashions in Paris. By their own admission, this shopper’s client had no intention of ever wearing their new sneakers on a treadmill, but that didn’t stop them from shelling out thousands of dollars for two custom pairs. Why bother with just one, right?
This shopper also mentions the Hermès Birkin, which is one of the most coveted designer purses in the world. They can cost between $12,000 and $200,000.
Nowhere Is Too Far
As we’ve seen already, when it comes to personal shoppers, their clients, and highly coveted items, no destination is too far-flung. Naturally, Rolex watches are one of these highly desired items, especially rare watches that have to be tracked down.
In these situations, personal shopping is almost like hunting. Shoppers jet off across the globe, consult with experts, and come home with something extremely rare. Rather than displaying it on their wall, these hunters show off their prey on their wrists.
A Private Nibbling Area
When you’re having a personal shopping session to spruce up your wardrobe for the new season, you’ll need some snacks while you shop. Yes, other people may be able to get their clothing themselves and eat on a separate occasion, but since when did the world’s richest abide by everyone else’s rules?
According to this shopper, one client requested that each individual showroom they visit have a nibbling area with tabbouleh, falafel, and coffee served at exactly 165°. Is that too much to ask for?!
Never Too Old for Toys
Lest you think the personal shopping world is all about catering to wealthy women, we point you in the direction of this gift — a $10,000 S.T. Dupont James Bond Kit. The French luxury manufacturer sold this set, including a fountain pen, cuff links, and a 7CC wallet, and we’re sure plenty of wealthy men snapped them up.
When it comes to personal shopping for men, clients are more likely to be looking for custom suits, collector’s watches, and expensive memorabilia.
Squeeze it All In
We’ve already learned that wealthy clients like to believe they’re several sizes smaller than they actually are. Come on, why puncture their bubble of reality when there’s no need to? Everyone else can just go along with whatever they say — it’s easy!
The client described here squeezed herself into several pairs of super tight shapewear undergarments, Spanx, just so she could squeeze herself into a dress two sizes too small. We hope that she could still breathe with all of that confined elastic.
Getting Your Priorities in Order
With this personal shopping story, we have yet another comparison between the price of luxury goods, and large purchases most ordinary people have to save up for. In earlier posts, it was a new car or a mortgage payment, but when it comes to the world of Audemars Piguet or Patek Phillipe watches, we’re talking about the price of a house.
And not just a small house in an unknown location — a house in the suburbs of Los Angeles. That can’t be right…
A Dog’s Best Friend
It’s one thing to dress your dog in designer clothing, but quite another to decorate it with expensive jewelry. Seriously — dogs don’t know what diamonds are! And they can’t tell the difference between pet store tartan and Harris Tweed. They just want cuddles and a chew toy.
When it comes to doggie decoration, we know it’s not about the pups themselves; it’s about their owners. Wealthy people want wealthy-looking dogs, and that means a diamond and gold collar on a teacup dog.
Almost Like a Job
A word of warning before you read this post — it is likely to make you quite irritated. You see, in this post, a personal shopper explains the plight of the super-wealthy. They get so many gifts that they’re inundated with unwrapping and thank-you notes. Though, they obviously hire someone to deal with all of this anyway.
Incredibly, this personal shopper tries to say that receiving and cataloging free stuff is “work” and a “problem.” Feel free to send some of it our way!
Piles of Puppies Please
For a certain portion of wealthy women, carrying around a small dog is as important to their image as the Fendi shoes they’re wearing. That’s right — Poodles, Chihuahuas, and Pomeranians indicate that a lady is wealthy and carefree, though obviously she doesn’t train the creature or clear up after it. That job is for the help!
This personal shopper reveals that one of her clients wanted to rent dogs just to go shopping. What can we say? We hope she didn’t get her way.
It’s a Dog’s Life
The world’s most pampered pooches don’t just get diamond and gold encrusted collars — they also jet off on private airplanes. That’s right. While you and your family are standing in the economy line and trudging through security, someone’s Labrador is kicking back and enjoying the view from its own jet. Wild, right?
This shopper, who works for a luxury concierge service, sent a client’s dog on a private plane so it could surprise its owner at a wedding. Wow.
Did You See the Price?
In a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, one housewife invites the others for a Met Gala themed luncheon. The ladies show up dripping in jewels and draped with fur, and find elaborate gifts at each of their place settings. One of the gifts is a pair of Louis Vuitton earbuds, worth around $1,000.
Just like the client described in this post, this housewife wasn’t interested in whether anyone liked her gifts — just that they knew a lot of money had been spent.
Achieving the Impossible
When rapper Kanye West first released his Yeezy Boost sneakers, the fashion world went wild. At first, people not in the know scoffed at the shoe, and at the idea of yet another celebrity fashion designer. However, this was the inimitable Kanye West, and his designer wares soon became global fashion. Seriously, oversized sweatshirts and dad sneakers were all Kanye.
Anyway, Kanye’s Yeezy Boosts clearly sent personal shoppers wild and had them scrambling all over the world to nab a pair.
With Only a Muumuu
We aren’t sure what to make of this personal shopper story, where a shopper finds a sick client lying in a posh hotel, wearing a muumuu. For those who don’t know, a muumuu is a Hawaiian item of clothing that’s somewhere between a dress and a robe. This client had hopped on a plane wearing just this, and needed her personal shopper to buy absolutely everything.
This meant that the shopper had to buy full designer outfits, as well as undergarments, socks, pajamas, shoes, purses, and jewelry!
It’s All in the Name
Unsurprisingly, most people that buy designer clothes just want them because of the names emblazoned on their tags. Sure, they’ll tell you that they care about craftsmanship, or that they only want items made with high-quality fabrics and finishes. But, do you really think if you switched the labels on some slip dresses or T-shirts that these wealthy clients could tell the difference?
The client described here bought an unlined velvet dress — very unflattering — solely because of its designer credentials.
Swooning Over Crooners
Here’s another celebrity meet and greet, this time with Tony Bennett rather than Justin Bieber, and presumably not on New Year’s Eve. For a situation like this, a personal shopper would probably come up with the idea of seeing Bennett, introduce it to their client, and then organize the entire thing. Then, the client can sit back and enjoy all the praise.
We have to admit that we’d enjoy a romantic evening listening to the sweet sounds of Tony Bennett. Maybe next year.
Are Your Teeth Clean?
As we’ve said already, wealthy people are used to asking for what they want and getting it. This means that they have no sense of perspective, and don’t realize how rude or unreasonable some of their requests are. This story comes from Michelle Liberman, the head stylist at The Shopping Friend.
According to Liberman, one of her clients insisted that all stylists have good breath and etiquette training. Not even Liberman could keep up with this client’s requests, and she stopped working for her after just ten days.
Tis the Season
You might have heard that “it’s the thought that counts,” but for the world’s top 1%, it’s actually the cost that counts. We know that wealthy people don’t buy their own gifts, and especially not for employees. This personal shopper explains who does buy those gifts, and reveals that clients might allocate around $1,000 for gifts for their assistants.
However, when it comes to rare books signed by important historical figures, the gifting budget goes completely out the window.
Temporary Next of Kin
We’re interested in the dynamics between the client and personal shopper in this post, especially because of their joint trip to a plastic surgeon. Under what circumstances, we wonder, would a personal shopper recommend a client to a plastic surgeon? And why, we continue to wonder, would they then accompany them, twice?!
We get that rich people tend to be close with their staff, but it’s still a little disheartening that wealthy people don’t have someone unpaid to chaperone them to an appointment.
There for the Bad Times
Among all the naked greed and unending consumerism, there are some glimmers of hope in the world of personal shopping. This personal shopper describes a time when one of her elderly customers was involved in an accident, and ended up with two broken legs (don’t worry, that’s not the hopeful bit).
This shopper visited their client in the hospital and brought along some take-out from Barney’s signature restaurant, Fred’s. We’re sure this shopper was just maintaining their network, but we appreciate this gesture nonetheless.
The Tips Aren’t Bad
And finally, we close our list by revealing that personal shoppers enjoy some pretty lavish tips. It does make sense — these people go out of their way to make wealthy people happy. Why wouldn’t they reap some of the spoils?
This personal shopper claims that shoppers in high end department stores are gifted with couture clothing, theater tickets, and beautiful bouquets of flowers. While a $100 tip sounds pretty great, we’d take (and resell) a designer purse instead.