I never really thought this needed to be said, but don’t buy luxury goods in a town most notably associated with the words “donkey” and “show.”
Today we discuss a topic near and dear to the empty void where my heart would be: knock offs. I’m not just talking about the vomworthy Louis Vuitton bucket bags that seemingly come free with every square-tipped French manicure or the “genuine” Coach bag my father bought his child bride while they were in Tijuana (see opening sentence) but the “designer inspired” stuff by Nine West and Oh Deer!. There are a million imitations of the Marc Jacobs “mouse flat” but anyone taking a look at Marc’s recent shoe collections sees a LOT of Miuccia Prada.
Francesca and Plumcake want to know:
Where do you draw the line on knock offs? Are direct copies, logos ad all, okay because designers charge so much? Would you buy red-soled Oh Deers! because they give the impression that they’re really Louboutins? Should designers be able to copyright their work to prevent cheaper imitations? What’s a copy and what’s merely latching on to a trend that someone else started? We’re looking for honest answers here, so feel free to post anonymously.