It’s no secret that counterfeit luxury goods are readily available. From the handbag on eBay that claims to be authentic, to the alleys behind Canal Street. But no one does counterfeit quite like China. With no trademark or copyright laws to protect the brand, there’s a huge market for knockoff goods that rival the real thing.
And that’s where I have a problem. I love designer shoes and handbags and appreciate the workmanship that went into designing and creating the item. So many brands are almost commodities today, and people are buying them – or rather, a knockoff of the brand – just to buy the brand and what it represents, not for the quality of the product. (Sidebar: I once bought a pair of Louboutins on eBay that turned out to be fake… I held them next to a real pair I purchased at Barney’s, and the difference was obvious. Another buyer might not have caught this, but I did and was able to return the shoes).
The Dior clutch above is the counterfeit item. But frankly the real Dior is much more beautiful: