I showed my husband a picture of a bag I thought of purchasing and his response was “That looks like one of those Chanel bags you want, why would you get a fake?”. My initial thoughts were:
- He actually knows what a Chanel bag looks like! Is a surprise gift coming my way?!
- It’s not a fake, it’s a look-a-like.
- Good point. Do I really want a look-a-like?
- There is no surprise gift because he almost choked when I mentioned the price of a Chanel bag.
Which brings me to this post…Is it a faux pas to buy a designer dupe?
Yes I know there are more important matters in life than rationalizing material objects, however, as someone who appreciates fashion I would like to have options to an item that is beyond reach.
First of all, we need to clarify the difference between a fake and a look-a-like. A fake (counterfeit or knock off) is made to look like a replica of a designer product right down to the label. A look-a-like or dupe bears a resemblance to a designer product but is not claiming to be said designer product. There are notable designers that create look-a-like high quality apparel without the hefty price tag.
Back to the question, if money was not an object I think most people would buy the real deal. Is it a faux pas to buy a knock off? Yes and I believe it is also illegal. A look-a-like, however, is fair game.
I believe that a high quality, classic style handbag is an item that is worth investing in as it can be part of any wardrobe for a long time and I have made such investments. My dream bag is the Chanel Boy Quilted Flap but it carries an impressively large price tag. Until I have enormous amounts of disposable income to make this purchase, I am in favour of a look-a-like such as the Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody. It bears the same clean, classic lines of Boy Chanel plus the chain strap can be interchangeable. It also comes in a variety of style, sizes and colour.
My husband made a good point. Buy the Love Crossbody in a fun, bright colour because if and when I decide to purchase the dream bag, I would opt for the classic black. I like his logic, if only he would go shopping with me….
What is your dream bag?