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.
The Best Designer Handbag Dupes in 2017
Here are some of my favourite designer handbag dupes.
Studded Chloe Faye Bag Studded Chloe Faye Dupe, here
Customised Gucci Dionysus Gucci Dionysus Dupe, here
YOU CAN FIND MORE DESIGNER HANDBAG DUPES ON MY PINTEREST BOARD HERE. I update this list on a weekly basis, so the bags I feature are always up to date and feature the best finds.
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The list of designer handbag dupes on the websites where I’ve linked to is constantly updated as new designs come along. I would encourage you to keep an eye out for them if you’re searching for something in particular.
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*Read the article on the BBC here
** WIPO, article here