I’ve been obsessed with blush pink and nude bags for a while now and whilst cruising some of my fave online websites I came across a whole load of designer handbag dupes. I honestly can’t believe how similar some of them are. It started off with a Chloe Faye look-alike which I’ve seen many times before but not in the colour nude. Then I discovered a dupe for the Chanel Boy Bag, then the Prada Saffiano and even one for the Givenchy Antigona. Some of these bags are also available in many other colours such as black, beige and tan. But for the purpose of this post I’m sticking to the ones that have caught my eye the most….
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Looking at these bags, can you see how similar they are too? I know that the subject of dupes is often thought to be a controversial topic. However, most people have probably bought a dupe at least once in their life whether they are aware of it or not. I think there’s a massive difference between producing a dupe (where an item is similar) and a fake (where the item is exactly the same using the brand name). However, if you talk to the people that designed and produced the product in the first place and you’ll probably get a different opinion every time.
Ollie and I know exactly what it’s like to spend ages creating a successful brand and it’s products only to have them copied and distributed all over the world. This is exactly what happened to us. But there were many variations, from dupes to fakes and sadly someone even started selling the real things. The latter was obviously the worst case for us because it proved you really can’t trust anyone these days.
When it came to the fakes that was annoying because the quality was rubbish and that can potentially ruin the reputation of a brand. However, I personally believe dupes are a different thing. Here’s why. Just like the designer handbags our products were pretty expensive. So I believe that most (not all) people who are going to splurge on an item wouldn’t buy the dupe version anyway. So hardly any sales would be lost. Ollie was fuming when we first found out products had been copied, especially when the investigation first began. But you know what? I simply told him ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’. Of course it was a different story when we realised some of these copies were actually the real thing.
What do you think of dupes?
If you’re someone that’s against them, can you honestly put your hand on your heart and say that you’ve never ever bought one yourself (intentionally or unintentionally)?
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