Fake, knock off or replica… Would you?!?

Hello Lovelies

By the title of this post you probably already know what my post is about.
The ever burning question:
Would you purchase replica designer apparel?
I have wanted to blog about this topic forever but then I kept thinking people might assume I’m vain or superficial. Something I came across today just made me so angry that I just had to.

I have this dream of owning certain designer handbags and shoes not because I think it makes me COOL but because I genuinely like the look of it. The red soles of a Louboutin , and the LV monogram are high on my list of lust haves. Well now those brands are accessible to many at probably less than quarter of the price in the form of replicas. Yes they look highly similar… But no I won’t buy them. Not because I have a superiority complex, but because I have standards. If I can’t afford the real item, why settle for some cheap knock off? Some women save up for years , and work hard just to buy these items and her item will be genuine yet there’s a 100% chance she’s bound to bump into someone with a knock off.

My first ever high end designer purchase was a Michael Kors handbag that I bought two years ago. I was beyond thrilled, fine MK is more affordable than most brands but it was still special to me. Since then I have acquired 3 more as gifts as well as a wallet. My dad spoiled me a few months ago buying me one from the latest Michael Kors collection in Dubai, and today I saw someone advertising a replica. That just ticked me off.

Many might argue that the replicas make brands more accessible for the middle class individual. I don’t resonate. Replicas retail from about R500 above , some looking cheaper than others . So the middle class person rather spend money on knock offs? Put together all those R500’s (I guarantee they didn’t just buy one item) and they could get a good quality leather handbag that might not say Gucci , Prada or Louis V…but it will be way more worth it.

We all want to look fashionable but by wearing knock offs you aren’t exactly high up in the fashion stakes. There are tons of stores (Mango, Zara, Forever New to name a few) that sell such gorgeous bags, they might not have that huge designer name you love, but they are still classy. I don’t mind designer inspired items , like I saw Celine inspired bags in Zara and Blackcherry. The thing is it does not have the designer name on it, and nobody is trying to pass it off as real.

So would you?


Sorry (Not Sorry) for my ranting post, I just believe why be a “wannabe” when you can be your own kinda unique..


8 thoughts on “Fake, knock off or replica… Would you?!?

  1. Faiza says:

    I’m so passionate about this exact topic. Unfortunately people do think it is a superiority complex, when the truth is that truly are cheap knock off. The quality of these products are really bad. Finally sworn off all types of knock off’s. Can’t wait to get my hands on the much coveted LV signature bags. I have a good feeling for next year. Keep up the amazing job you doing. Lotsa love!

  2. Rushda says:

    I must admit that when I was in Paris and hubby wanted to buy a genuine product, I hesitated. Not because I didn’t want the bag, but because I didn’t want him to pay thousands for me to come back home and bump into someone with a replica. So I choose something of quality instead.

    Having said that, I feel it’s a personal choice and if that’s the way somebody wants to accessorize, let them go ahead. I love a good quality leather bag and buy that all the time. Doesn’t matter if it’s ZARA or whatever. And designer brands occasionally (when gifted).

    My point is… Replicas aren’t going anywhere and at the end of the day it’s all about quality anyway isn’t it?

    R xx

    • shaheedam says:

      Yes it is I guess. It’s just my opinion as you said it isn’t nice bumping into someone when you purchased the real item. I think that’s what got to me. But to each their own .thank you for your feedback xx

  3. Isha says:

    I honestly, would never buy a fake. If I cannot afford it then I will do without. But by the same token, there are many people who do buy fakes, and if they are happy with their purchase then good for them. If it doesn’t bother them, why should I let it bother me. To each their own.

  4. Raadhiya Gama says:

    Hey shaheeda I scrolled through your blog for the first time today I think I follow you on Instagram and that’s how I found out about it. I fully agree with this post.. Because I know how it feels to bump into someone with a fake Cartier bracelet and have her go on about how much she spent to get it, when I had to save up for my own original piece. Btw love the blog ūüėÄ will def keep it on my follow list

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