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Fake Chloe? Faux Hermes? "Replica" Pumas? Forget Designer Knockoffs & Opt for a Bag, Scarf, Watch or Shoe that is Just Like You - an Original. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG

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On my way to work everyday on Canal Street in downtown NYC, I'm always accosted by vendor after vendor of fake Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Chanel, Versace & any other designer worth coveting. I see (mostly) tourists haggle for a designer knockoff bag, tote their prize home in a cheap-ass plastic bag & then pretend it's the real deal. (And would you believe we even stood in line behind a fake LV cherry tote...at fashionweek?! I mean, really.)

The whole process is, well, gauche.

Not to mention the fact that spending $$$ on fakes supports a shady industry which drains the world economy of an estimated $600 billion a year in lost sales - and costs the US more than 750,000 jobs, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, FBI, Interpol & the World Customs Council. (WWD.com, Piracy, Counterfeiting Costs $600B Globally, October 26, 2005.)

So unless you're in the income bracket where you can afford the real thing, opt for an affordable original. For all the classics & must-haves of the season, there are tons of great interpretations at reasonable pricepoints that embody the look, feel and spirit of the designer item - but without the cheesy fakery.

- Lesley Scott

CHEESY KNOCKOFFS TO AVOID:

1. HANDBAGS & PURSES

Interpretation_chloe_paddington_brown Interpretation_chloe_paddington Interpretation_chloe_lock_closeup Chloe_logo THE DESIGNER ORIGINAL The coveted Chloe Paddington bag. $1380 - and completely sold out - at Net-A-Porter.com,

Interpretation_padding_knock_off_1    Interpretation_paddington_knock_off_clos_1 DESIGNER KNOCK OFF Sunny Replicas's $199 Chloe Paddington Mirror Image - SunnyReplicas.com - promises that the dark chocolate brown color is identical to the original, as well as all the hardware with the Chloe markings, name plate, serial number and even "Chloe Made in Italy" stamped on the inside.

Interpretation_paddington_from_about_att DESIGNER INTERPRETATION While close to the Paddington, there are enough significant differences that someone in the know would never mistake this one from About Attitude for the Chloe. It's a nod to original & shows you're on trend, without the farce of trying to pass it off as an original. AboutAttitude.com

Interpretation_paddington_nine_west_1  Interpretation_rachels_bag_3 WHY DO A KNOCKOFF WHEN YOU CAN BE AN ORIGINAL? Pick up a Nine West interpretation - $68 at NineWest.com - & take a tip from Fashiontribes editor Rachel: add your own hardware, charms & goodies & you've totally captured the spirit of the original...without being a cheeseball about it.

2. WATCHES

Interpretation_chanel_12_diamonds_1  Chanel_logo THE DESIGNER ORIGINAL First launched in 2000, the Chanel J12 - a unisex bestseller - retails in the mid four figures, quickly rising to six figures if you go for the diamond, ruby or sapphire options. Not only does it look cool as can be in chic monochromatic white, but the ceramic is NASA-tested & unscratchable.

Interpretation_chanel_j12_knockoff DESIGNER KNOCKOFF ReplicaHaus.com presents their $200 line-for-line knockoff, complete with "all correct markings and engravings," white diamonds & and even a mineral crystal face that "resists scratches much better than regular glass."

Interpretation_chanel_like_8_degrees_wat WHY DO A KNOCKOFF WHEN YOU CAN BE AN ORIGINAL? Instead of masquerading as the designer item it will never be, this perfectly sleek white-on-white watch from Eight Degrees - 8-Degrees.com - is crafted from hi-tech ceramic with a sapphire crystal face, is water resistant, has a cluster of cool-looking dials and the diamond trim you crave. 

3. SILK SCARVES

Interpretation_hermes_scarf  Hermes_logo THE DESIGNER ORIGINAL Beautiful, classic Hermes scarves pretty much never date & are treasured enough in France for mother to hand down to daughter. And let's be realistic, how many treasures are still priced at a relatively affordable $320? Hermes.com

Interpretation_fake_hermes_scarf DESIGNER KNOCKOFF An original Hermes for $49.99? Please. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. ebay.com

Interpretation_pucci_scarf Pucci_logo WHY DO A KNOCKOFF WHEN YOU CAN BE AN ORIGINAL? This Pucci scarf is less than half the cost of the Hermes - $120 at NeimanMarcus.com - but it's gorge, chic & most importantly, an original like you.

4. SNEAKERS

Interpretation_puma_clyde  Puma_logo THE DESIGNER ORIGINAL Originally issued in the 70s, the Puma Clyde was a custom version of their regular suede kicks, explains Fixins Sneakers - Fixins.com. The shoe was named for basketball legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Clyde, as in Bonnie & Clyde, was a sly acknowledgement of his talent for stealing the ball. More info at [email protected]

Interpretation_bape_oyster_lt_blue Interpretation_bape_dk_blue_brown_1 DESIGNER KNOCKOFF Sneaker enthusiast Alain H. sent me pix of these kicks from A Bathing Ape (Bape) that, well, ape the originals. At least Japanese entrepreneur Nigo got that part of his company name right. Bape.com

Interpretation_vans_jeoff_rowley_1  WHY DO A KNOCKOFF WHEN YOU CAN BE AN ORIGINAL? Vans has tons of original supa'star-inspired sneakers - like the Geoff Rowley. Or, have it your way & build your own with their Custom Shoe Builder. Vans.com

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You might wanna take the fake trainers off. Bathing Ape is an exclusive brand and about 3 times the price of Puma. It is well known that Nigo likes to copy other brands trainers but add his own unique touch to them. He's been doing it for years and he started with the Bapestas which are a complete lookalike to Nike AF1's, in fact Bapestas are way more hyped than AF1's and if anything have done a lot to publicise the originals.

Bape have also been inspired by Rolex with their Bapex watches. And by Louis Vuitton with their multi coloured camouflage.

Posted by: Whizz | Dec 29, 2005 8:45:34 PM


A Bathing Ape (BAPE) is it just Hype or is it truly a cultural phenomenon? Is the founder of A Bathing Ape, Nigo, an artistic genious or a shrewd businessman with a propensity for marketing and tapping into the vast expendable income of the world’s youth? Perhaps a question still in the balance! Regardless, no one can deny the impact of Nigo and the Bape Brand in the 21st century.

Posted by: Jake | Jan 22, 2006 3:15:26 PM

Because BAPE appropriates & "borrows" so heavily from original sources, what results is fundamentally a tricked out version of the original. To my mind, that relegates BAPE products to the status of being mere copies. It's true that the hype surrounding his stuff may in fact publicize the originals - and there's the much higher pricepoint consideration as well - but it doesn't alter the fact that, fundamentally, BAPE merely apes.

Posted by: Lesley from Fashiontribes.com | Jan 23, 2006 12:43:42 PM

If you are going to fault bape then you have to fault every shoe in that genre because they all borrow as much from the original puma as the bape shoe even vans, DC, Adio, Circa and Etnies. The price point of the bape version is high but most of the products are very limited. look at all the designer sneakers that have borrowed heavily from athletic shoe manufactures Nike, Puma, Fila, Lotto, and Addidas, Reebok, even Pony and Keds. A lot of the designer companies are taking lotto the exact design of lotto soccer cleats changing the logo, color and slapping a regular sole on there and charging $500 for them yet because they have logos that you covet you don't consider them mere copies. D&G' s whole line of sneakers are copies, the Dior diorissimo 'Driver' sneakers is a copy of a fila design, Fendi has a sneaker that is a direct copy of decades old bowling shoes, Vinci is taking puma design driving shoe adding nike soccer shoe laces and charging $255 for them. Fendi has a knock off of a classic nike shoe, Gucci steals a design from And 1 of all companies the And 1 shoe cost $49.99 the Gucci model cost $360 so if you see these shoes at fashion week do you consider them copies or Knock offs or since they say Gucci or Fendi do they get a pass?

Posted by: Jamillian Momon | Nov 21, 2006 3:02:28 AM

I think what you are doing is great!!! I want to use your color scheme at my sites...

Posted by: Salinas | Jun 2, 2007 1:15:20 PM

Lieber grumble!!! hoffe dir gehts gut da in der fremden weite... wenn man dich schon nicht persænlich besuchen kann...

Posted by: Joe | Jun 3, 2007 5:14:45 PM

Where did you find this guestbook by the way??? I'd like to have one like this on one of my sites!!!

Posted by: Joahn | Jun 3, 2007 9:16:48 PM

Where did you find this guestbook by the way??? I'd like to have one like this on one of my sites!!!

Posted by: Cox | Jun 27, 2007 9:18:07 PM

Sellers like the ones in the above article are killing the fashion market.

Posted by: Dobizo-How to start a clothing line! | Jul 1, 2007 3:51:52 PM

I don't believe that fakes take away money form the companies. Those that can afford to buy the real deal buy the real deal. Those who would never buy a real designer because they can't afford them by fake. That money would have never went the the designer company anyway because it is a thousand or more short. Think about it.

Posted by: KFree | Jul 10, 2007 10:38:40 AM

I live in California and hate the fact that everything you look at you have to double guess if it is a knock off or not, however I purchased a Hermes Paris purse from a thrift store in a small very glitzy town up North near Tahoe, I actually liked the color of it and the quality, when I realized what the brand was after looking inside I was amazed it is used but for $34.00 and in relatively almost new condition I was very excited, however how do I find out if it is fake? I cannot find the style anywhere on my google search. How do I find out if the Hermes purse is actually real? Is there a web page or a collectors book for vintage purses.

Posted by: Katie | Jul 11, 2007 12:08:58 AM

i find this web: www.cntradecity.com

Posted by: ba2ker2 | Aug 20, 2007 7:32:19 PM

I think that designer knock-offs are fine.

Here's the reason: part of the expense of an original is the illusion of value caused by "exclusivity" or "rarity".

This exclusivity makes me sick and I find it to be quite nouveau riche.

And as much as those numbers you mentioned about the dent in our economy, I must say that I am far from feeling any sort of money-related sympathy for those very wealthy designers.

Posted by: mammyjam | Dec 29, 2007 1:51:02 PM

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