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We asked one question on campus and at FIT events around town, to take the community’s pulse, as it were.

What is one luxury you’ll keep on buying, no matter how bad the economy gets?

I don’t indulge in luxuries, so there’s nothing for me to stop buying.
–Joylene Ceballos, Visual Arts Management ’10

Starbucks green tea and coffee. It’s the only way I can start my day. Even if my parents cut me off, I’ll keep buying Starbucks.
–Alyssa DeCicco, Fashion Merchandising Management ’12

MAC makeup. It’s a lasting product and the best quality I have used. I’ve tried other brands and they do not work as well.
–Jamie Mahoney, Fashion Merchandising Management ’12

There’s nothing I wouldn’t give up.
–Hermes Torres, technical supervisor, Student Life

Getting my hair colored and cut. You have to take care of your head and your feet. The rest you can get on sale!
–Ann Marie Napolitan, administrative assistant, Financial Aid

Bare Escentuals foundation powder. It covers the redness on my skin, and it feels like I’m not wearing makeup.
–Sohee Bae, Fashion Design ’09

–Iris Taylor, Fashion Design ’09

Marie Antoinette collectibles and figurines. I have been buying them on eBay for eight years, since I was 14. No matter how bad the economy gets, I’ll keep buying them.
–Michael Wood, Interior Design ’10

Food. I mean, like desserts and organic food and stuff. I can buy regular fruits and veggies but I only buy hormone-free meat.
–Niurka Jimenez-Jailall, research assistant, Center for Professional Studies, Textile/Surface Design ’11

Crest toothpaste. I’ve tried the generic brands, but the flavor doesn’t last as long. With Crest, I can taste the rejuvenating magic.
–Charlie Brower, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’10

My calling cards, because I have to be able to talk to my mom who lives in Jamaica.
–Sageen Bair, Production Management ’09

Manis and pedis once a month. It’s nice to be pampered and ‘me time’ is essential.
–Virginia Bishop, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’09

Cashmere socks! If your feet are happy the rest of you will follow. I believe happiness begins from the ground up.
–Ann Denton, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing

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