I own one Coach bag that my mom bought me for Christmas about three years ago, and all of my other bags that I use more frequently have been bought for $40 or less. But once my dad took me school shopping my freshman year of high school for a new wardrobe for a new school, and I bought a knock-off Kate Spade purse on the streets of Chinatown. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of fake designer items that are sold for a fraction of their price, and I’m really torn about how I feel about them.
On one side of the coin, I will not purchase something as extravagant as a real designer purse for hundreds of dollars in fear of it getting stolen or ruined. The novelty of having an expensive bag makes me feel great, but I barely even use my Coach bag. I opt for cheaper bags that I can take out in the rain, snow, sleet or hail and not care about what happens to them. Knock-off bags provide me with the idea of a luxury item without the cost, but some are purchased illegally and resold, so you have to be careful about fake merchandise. Some resemble the originals so closely that only an expert would be able to spot the difference.
What’s your take on knock-off bags? Are you for or against owning one?