She Finds Asks You: Designer Impostors -- Yay or Nay?

August 13, 2007 by Jeanine Edwards
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I’ve always been amazed by the number of people who flock to NYC in search of “designer” handbags. Seeing them trudging up and down Canal Street toting industrial size garbage bags full of “Louis Vuitton” and “Coach” and “Prada” just never sat well with me. The thought of my new Dior in a trash bag? I don’t think so!

There’s probably a long list of reasons why people buy counterfeit designer goods — "I can’t afford the real thing, nobody will know it’s fake and I would never spend that much money…" — but the truth of the matter is, it’s illegal. And not that the incredibly wealthy designers of these bags need little ol’ me fighting for their rights, but you really are missing out on something when you don’t get the real deal: quality. A friend of mine recently inherited a Louis Vuitton from her mother that originally belonged to her grandmother. Passed down through three generations and it still looked good! Not many people can say that about the bags they snagged off Canal Street or some seedy Web site — especially after watching this disturbing video

Enough of the ranting, though. I am a firm believer that we can all live luxe with a little determination and bargain hunting, of course. Here are a few tips for getting the goods you want without forfeiting two month’s worth of food or even worse, getting a fake.

(1) A genius website that essentially allows you to rent designer handbags, many with the option to buy.

(2) Consignment, Thrift and Outlet Stores: If you don’t mind scouring, these can be goldmines. You might even be lucky enough to score limited and never released editions. Check out our guide on How to Buy Vintage Online and see our favorite spots for Online Vintage Shopping.

(3) Sales: Though you probably won’t find any of the season’s “It” bags on sale at your neighborhood department store, you can find premium purses on sale, like this beautiful blue Kale bag — it was originally almost $600 and now it’s available at The Art of Shopping's online sample sale for $240.

(4) Save, save, save: The tried and true method. Put those pennies away and one day you’ll have enough for a Prada.

Are you all for fake bags? I want to hear your side. Really. Tell us why you’re still fabulous even with a knock-off.


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