Blankets and throws from Swans Island are expensive. They are expensive not for the reasons many lesser products are expensive today:
- The CEO of the leveraged buy-out shell company lives in an expensive New York apartment and has friends on the board.
- They need huge markups to pay for marketing and PR to keep stories out of the press that the products are outsourced to sweat shops in China.
- Sharp-elbowed, competitive housewives will eagerly overpay for them to show off as a posh brand to frenemies in an attempt to appear sophisticated and get a leg up in their status arms race.