Fashion is undoubtedly a multi-billion dollar industry, however you must be aware of replica designer handbags and replicas of other famous brands too. Present at every corner of the globe, it cannot be avoided that there will always be substandard copies of top brands in the market.
To many people, buying fakes will be the closest they will ever get to own the real deal. However, an affordable price tag will never guarantee the same quality as, for example, original Louis Vuitton handbags. Many would argue that, for practical reasons, they would rather spend their money on the essentials like food and basic clothing than to divert their hard earned money to a luxury item like a Bvlgari tennis bracelet, eventually buying a fake replica with what spare cash there is left in their wallets.
The fact of the matter is that most people would opt to buy cheap knock-offs because they would see it as something much more practical; some would even argue that so long as the brand logo is present, then it is as good as the real thing.
Unfortunately, a Chanel, Gucci, or replica Louis Vuitton will always have its downside and choosing to buy a copy than the original is not as practical as one would like to see it. Below are some of the reasons why:
- Quality never equates to affordability – brands and labels that have endured decades and even centuries have lasted for one solid reason: quality. Replicas and fakes, first and foremost, strip away the durability of items because they are mass produced in a factory assembly line. Quality control is an almost alien concept to manufacturers that, so long as they produce to make a profit, a handbag’s “life expectancy” will, most certainly, be left to the dust. Luxury brands like Prada and Chanel are known for their artisans and expert craftsmen who would spend months on a design and construction of a pair of shoes or a single purse. The kind of devotion that these workers put into their product is a guarantee that the item will last. Overtime, a person will spend more on upkeep than what he or she has bargained for.
- No matter what guarantee a seller gives, a counterfeit will always have visible flaws – branding is one of the most valuable things in the economics of the fashion industry; and any slight alteration or distortion to the branding can be as harmful as bankruptcy to the industry. Louis Vuitton bags fall victim to this most than any other brands in the market. The signature monogram, as a known fact, is never altered or distorted by its makers for decades. Its tiled pattern is always carefully laid out so that it would not be stitched over or cut up during production. Counterfeit manufacturers, on the other hand, will tend to overlook such attention to detail and ultimately violate branding guidelines in order to reach quota. While such minute detail may seem irrelevant to many, to the trained and skilled eye it is nothing short of a sin to the brand and, not to mention, the embarrassment that may come to anyone who might not be aware of it.
- Child labor is a proponent of counterfeit manufacturing – it is a universal fact, backed by studies and careful research by international organizations, that the industry of counterfeit brands uses children to produce their products. Not only is child labor illegal, it is inherently and morally wrong. Some developing countries, in Southeast Asia for example, have mills and factories where children are forced to work in very harsh and inhumane conditions because they have been forced into it by poverty or were sold into such atrocious conditions by family members. Whatever the reason, the less a person pays for a counterfeit brand the more children are forced to work in sweatshops.
There is a reason why luxury fashion items have a very steep price tag and choosing a pair of fake Louboutins may be more of a lifelong expense than a lifetime of investment.