Since the dawn of high-end luxury brands, there have always been fake, replicated, and inspired counterparts. Most of us witness the occasional Fooey Vuitton, Fucci, and Furberry, (I’ve gotten damn good at spotting fakes out, too), but in major cities like L.A. and New York, inauthentic merchandise is a booming business. The differences were fairly obvious, yet recently those differences are excruciatingly minimal. Faux merchandise is getting so close to the real deal, luxury brands are starting to sweat, and rightly so. International competitors, namely China, are at the forefront of supplying lookalikes that rival the originals in terms of quality and detail, which is undoubtedly stealing. The industry grapples to eliminate the possibility of replicated merchandise. For example, Louis Vuitton burns excess bags to control brand circulation. Counterfeiting products for resale is illegal and the law has been trying to get a handle on distribution for years. Unfortunately, the business of inauthentic product distribution is an international affair and too vast to contain. Faux products are only prevalent where there is a demand. As long as stuff is fabulous, and prices are high, pseudo-designer pieces will always be in demand.
I can understand the allure. As someone very fortunate to have anything and everything I have ever wanted, I also understand when things are simply outside the means. My outlandish fashion demands are insatiable at times–ridiculous even. That’s the thing about breathing fashion and indulging in the material. It never ends. The shopping carts are perpetually full and there’s always something. Today, it’s Alexander Wang shoes. Yesterday, it was Cartier. Tomorrow it will probably be the Celine bag again. That’s human nature, I suppose. We constantly want more. Sometimes, more is not necessarily worth it. Is it necessary to carry around a $2500 bag to house $2 chap stick? Probably not, especially in this economy, but that’s a discussion for another day. I can definitely understand the appeal of pseudo-designer wear and if I wasn’t so high-maintenance and a stickler for quality, I would give in too.
So what do you do when your wallet can’t contain your high demands? Before committing a fashion faux pas, look for places that resale the authentic items. People constantly sell authentic designer items on eBay and Amazon, though it can be tricky to discern real from fake. Do your homework. Know what you want. Examine all the minute details, such as stitching, before making big purchases online. If you can go to the mall and see the real thing in person, even better. Here at Mieux & Mieux, we do the homework for you! All the products we sell are gently used, guaranteed authentic, and often come with tags or dust bags. We can’t all afford the real deal and the seriously real prices that come with it, but I personally would rather wait and save up to get exactly what I want rather than settle for anything less. Everyone has their own views and financial ideology which is completely okay. What are your view? Is it okay to buy the cheaper replica, or is your fashion integrity jeopardized? Let us know your thoughts!
Rida Islam, Fashion Editor
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