Hound, you're full of Tripe! We all buy stuff 'cos it looks cool to our eyes. That goes from cars to TVs.
As for the Lakland, they make beautiful instruments. If you like hollow body basses and you have the funds to buy one without leaving you skint go for it. Same with the amp. Ashdown make some really good gear so if you like what comes out go for it too.
My only caveat is leave a few Quid in the bank - you never know what tomorrow brings. My best wishes to you Sir.
Edit: Never could stand Tripe. Even with onions no way!