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..