Buzz Bissinger

In an essay last year in GQ magazine that raised more than a few well-waxed eyebrows, bestselling author Buzz Bissinger admitted to the world that he’s a shopaholic. And he’s not your ordinary shopaholic, if there is such a thing.

From 2010 through 2012, Bissinger—best known for the football-centered book “Friday Night Lights”—racked up a tab of $587,412.97 for high-end clothing from brand names like Gucci and Prada. (Yep, he really did keep track of his spending to the penny.) Right after publication of the GQ article online, Bissinger checked into rehab for his shopping addiction and a slew of other “compulsive and dangerous behaviors,” including a drug habit.

Now, the Pulitzer Prize winner is telling the world that he’s practically got his own luxury clothing outlet—a nearly $250-a-month storage unit where he’s keeping his glamorous garments.

“I really do have a lot of clothing, if anyone wants in. It’s sitting in a storage locker,” Bissinger told Vanity Fair magazine. “I pay $244 a month for an enormous storage locker. It looks like the mob just stole a truck from Gucci and Ferragamo and Prada. It’s gorgeous. It’s climate-controlled. If people are nice to me in the media, I may give them a leather jacket. I’ve got a lot of them. Like 80.”

During the Vanity Fair interview, writer Alex Beggs surmised that it might not be appropriate to donate the stylish garb to a nonprofit organization called Housing Works.

“It’s just sitting there, kind of pathetic. But it’s nice stuff,” Bissinger replied. “I keep the Gucci stuff because I like it, and it’s nice clothing. And I really do like nice clothing.”

Nice clothing? That’s an understatement the size of a football field.

In last year’s GQ piece, Bissinger rattled off his clothing inventory: 81 leather jackets, 75 pairs of boots, 41 pairs of leather pants, 32 pairs of haute couture jeans, 10 evening jackets and 115 pairs of leather gloves.

And here are the price tags of some of the priciest items:

  • $13,900—Gucci ostrich skin jacket.
  • $9,800—Gucci leather evening jacket.
  • $5,600—Pair of leather pants.
  • $2,600—Pair of boots.
  • $2,500—Pair of jeans.
  • $1,015—Pair of gloves.

If Bissinger has held onto even half that stuff, he could hold one heck of a garage sale.

“Some of the clothing is men’s. Some is women’s. I make no distinction,” Bissinger wrote in GQ.

“Men’s fashion is catching up, with high-end retailers such as Gucci and Burberry and Versace finally honoring us. But women’s fashion is still infinitely more interesting and has an unfair monopoly on feeling sexy, and if the clothing you wear makes you feel the way you want to feel, liberated and alive, then … wear it.”

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