Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Don't Go For Second Best

About 4 years ago, I was in visiting Paris with my Mum who pulled me into the Louis Vuitton section of Galleries Lafayette the minute we stepped foot into the store. "It's about time you got a classic" she had told me and back then I had found her persistence to buy me a Louis Vuitton original a bit over the top. With the amount of money we'd spend on one bag, I could have bought 20 or even 40 other!!

I will never forget the look of disapproval she gave me when I dared voice that thought. "Listen" she'd said, "you can buy as many cheap crappy trendy bags as you like, but a classic will always be in fashion and will last forever" and twisted my head away from the Murakami special editions and over to the traditional Louis Vuitton monogram ones.

So I got this one:
Now, 4 years later, I can't thank her enough for that. She was absolutely right: it still turns heads, it is in excellent condition (apart from the oxidised handles which can b replaced) and is one decent bag to hold in formal occasions. It is no Gucci or D&G fluff (even though those could cost you a lot more) and it will never be out of season like them.

Indeed, it is very different to spend a salary's worth in a bag that will be so last year in about 6 months to spending it on a bag that will last a lifetime.

So how did all this come up? I was having coffee with a friend somewhere in Athens and a girl with a clone of my bag on her shoulder sat right next to me. I spontaneously took a look at it and guess what: it was fake. Here's how I could tell:

I totally disagree with buying fakes. And before you give my blog the same look of disapproval I gave my mother, let me explain myself.

I fully understand that not everybody can afford the real deal, I can't. But why buy a logo emblazoned item just to pretend you can? Buy a bag you can afford and matches your wardrobe or buy nothing and learn how to save money to buy your favourite classic. It is really worth it.

By buying fakes you are supporting an industry that a) is the basis of paraeconomy and b) produces masses of excess products that will soon end up being garbage and therefore harming the environment too. A "fake" costs so cheap because it IS cheap.

Then again if you think that classic bags are priced at unfair rates, punish them by not buying them and don't sport a knock off instead. You don't agree with what they do so why be seen carrying one anyway?

Let me know what you think.

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Elena said...

I'm totally with you on that.

Marietta said...

Oh thats so sweet, thanks you so much!!Its my first award! :)

Now you made me want a new bag! The video was good, I didnt know that , although sometimes ,the so called "fakes" and the real ones are being produced in the same factories.
I had a "fake" diesel pair of jeans and next to an authentic expensive one, I didnt see even one stitch different! And i looked A LOT
Maybe its different with bags but you never know.

Lopi said...

I absolutely agree with everything you just said. Carrying a fake, thus pretending to be able to afford the real thing, is cheap. And I'm glad that Louis Vuitton is still an actual luxury brand and not just another trendy brand that overprices to make people believe its goods are luxurious. It's actually one of those brands where the price tag really translates to equal quality.
However, I never found the LV monogram pattern aesthetically pleasing to carry around all day in the form of a handbag and I have never wanted to acquire a Louis Vuitton. But that's just a matter of taste. And if I did want one, I'd save and buy original. And a big one, for that matter.

Chloe In The Sky said...

I totally agree with the idea that real classic lastsfor ever, both quality and style. and this is an investment my friend!
but still, you should buy something you are in love with, not just because of the logo on it.

Sam said...

I agree with you! It just doesn't feels right to me to wear really bad knock-offs. Unless I really can't pay the 'real deal'. And having something real is way more fun, isn't it? It makes me more happier

Niviarsiaq said...

I don't have a classic -yet! Perhaps one day I will invest in one though. I totally have the mindeset you did before you got it. Sometimes I would almost rather get 50 other super cheap things that I can't wear a year from now than buy something really expensive that will last forever. But perhaps one day that will be reformed...

DaisyChain said...

Your bag is gorgeous,
I hate hate hate the fake bag/designer goods trade.