This week I wanted to discuss the topic of designer handbag dupes. I was recently gifted a Chloe bag lookalike which got me thinking about the subject a little more and digging into the legal side of things. Is making designer handbag dupes ethical? Debatable. Is it legal? Depends. Read on to find more.
Replicas or Dupes?
The topic of designer handbag dupes is a sensitive one that divides opinions. There is a fine line between an imitation and a fake replica that, by the way, can result in three years of jail time in countries like France (I am not kidding!)*. So, where does the line go between designer handbag dupes and a fake replicas?
Essentially, as long as a bag is an imitation of a designer handbag (e.g. no falsified logos, monograms etc.), it’s all good. If we look at the legal side of things then according to Fashionista, designs can not be protected by a patent in the U.S., only trademarks and fabric prints can. In the E.U., designs can be legally protected**, which leads me to believe that if a dupe is available online and it is shippable to the E.U., it does not hold a patent and can legally be sold here. (And you don’t risk going to jail in France for 3 years for buying one!) So, the difference between fakes and designer handbag dupes lies purely in the imitation of logos and monograms, or other trademarked features.
Five Websites for Designer Handbag Dupes in 2017
Shein is most possibly my favourite website for designer handbag dupes. I recently bought a Chloe Drew handbag dupe from them and absolutely love it. The bag fits everything I need including my camera, so it’s perfect for blogging. The order did take 4 weeks to arrive however, so be patient if you order from them.
Now, a few of my favourites:
Yes, surprisingly Amazon has quite a variety of handbag dupes! Here is my favourite one but rest assured, there are more onsite.
Hermès Retourne Kelly, £14 000, here Hermès Retourne Kelly Dupe, £120, here
There’s a lot more dupes on each website, so I would encourage you to take a closer look at each of them. Also, the list of designer handbag dupes on the websites is constantly updated a new designs come along.
The amazon reviews on the bags made by the brand Macton seem to have a high amount of 5 star reviews and although the dupes are more expensive, they are made of leather. I am seriously considering buying one of the Hermes dupes at the moment!
Related: Best Designer Shoe Dupes in 2017
*Read the article on the BBC here
** WIPO, article here