I have always loved handbags and as I got older, I naturally started to lust after designer bags. I would thumb through the glossy pages of Vogue, where there were so many beautiful bags, dreaming that maybe one day I could own one. Until that day, I would enjoy bags from Top Shop, River Island, Ted Baker etc.
About 15 years ago I went to New York and had heard that China Town sold fake designer handbags I knew I had to go. I hadn’t really had the opportunity to buy any fake stuff until I went to New York. Of course, I would have loved to have been going to the designer stores on 5th Avenue and buying the real things, but I was just not in a position financially to be able to do that.
So off I trotted to China Town and was like a pig in muck going from shop to shop looking at all the beautiful fakes. And, they were beautiful. Great quality but really, really cheap. I brought a Prada bag and a Gucci watch. I was so happy with them and I used the bag for ages until the strap broke and wore the watch until it turned my wrist green lol.
A few years later I went to Thailand and again, there were lots of shops in Bangkok selling this fake designer bags. It was there that I got my first fake Chanel quilted. I was in love with that bag but it didn’t last long. Within a few weeks the gold was all tarnished and the strap started to break.
I replaced it a few years ago with another fake one and picked up a Chanel Boy at the same time.
As I got older I knew I wanted the real thing. I wanted bags that were classic and were great quality that would last longer than a few months. My husband brought me a Fendi bag and it was then I realised that I no longer wanted the fakes I wanted the real thing.
So, I decided that the only way I could afford to buy one was to stop buying the fakes and the top shop bags and to save so that’s what I did. I also sold lots of my bag collection off and put all the money towards my designer fund.
I now have a few designer bags and purses and there is something so satisfying about buying one particularly when you know its brought with money that’s taken you ages to earn and save. I am not sure I will ever be in a position to buy a Chanel but you never know! My bag collection is now much smaller. Instead of having fifty cheap bags I have a handful of designer ones. I still live Ted Baker bags and have a few of those I use regularly.
All the time I was buying fake bags I never thought about the people who were making money from my purchases. I knew they were illegal but didn’t really see the problem with buying them. Recently I have seen documentaries about how my money could have gone to gun runners or drug cartels and the sweat shops where they are made are awful, but cheap shops such as Primark are supposed to have their products made in sweat shops too so should we stop shopping there?
I don’t really have sympathy for the designers losing profits as I am sure they make plenty of profit. I have to say that buying the fakes, helped me decide which designer brands I liked, what colours and what style of bags I liked, and they are what made me really want to try to upgrade to the real thing so maybe they could eventually benefit the designer brand??
What I don’t agree with is people who try to pass off fakes as the real thing. Too much of that goes on and lots of people are getting conned. I have only ever brought my real bags from the designer directly. If I was going to buy second-hand I would always use someone like Vestiaire Collective because they verify the authenticity of the product before shipping it out to you.
So I suppose I am on the fence a little about if we should buy fake designer bags. I won’t buy them anymore but I do still use my fake Chanel’s. I know people have strong opinions on this subject so and I am keen continue researching to find out more and to hear people’s experiences and thoughts.
What are your thoughts on fake designer bags?
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