Most of the people in my guild waited until they hit 80 before they started crafting. They would farm the parts on their lowbie alts and level their mains craft. The reason they did that though is to make money since by that level they don't actually need the stuff they make XD.
The game is set up really weird that way, If you want to get T1 armor by level 40 then good luck to that odds are you wont be able to afford buying the trait unlock. At level 60 if you want to buy the T2 armor then you'll meet the same road block. But at least you can get karma armor but if you do that then you can't get the T1 or T2 weapons respectively at the levels you can equip them at.
My guess is that the cultural sets are made for people who are leveling alts.