Hi guys! This week I wanted to discuss the topic of designer handbag dupes. I was recently gifted this 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.
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?
Personally, I love the design of many luxury bags and think that as long as you’re not under the impression that you’re buying the real deal when you’re not (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 from what I gather, the difference between fakes and designer handbag dupes lies in the imitation of logos and monograms. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Now as much as I love luxury goods and would like to buy the original design of each bag, there are only so many £1000+ purchases I am willing to make in a year. Luxury goods are exactly that, they are a luxury: purchases reserved for special occasions. I personally like the idea of buying luxury bags as a reward for having achieved something, instead of buying them “for fun” (I got my YSL ‘Kate’ as a graduation present). Of course, people are different and like to spend their money on different things. And if money allows it, spend it on whatever you want.
Anyhow, if you are living on a student budget like me, or are generally just looking for good looking bags for less, I’ve sourced out three websites that offer imitations of some designer handbags. Although I’ve only given three examples of bags, each website has more options to choose from. I have personally only used Shein and can say that I absolutely adore my satchel! It 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.
Three Websites for Designer Handbag Dupes in 2017
1.Shein – Chloe ‘Drew’ Dupe
2. FashionDrug, Givenchy ‘Antigona’ Dupe
3. TideBuy – Louis Vuitton ‘Alma BB’ Dupe
Misspap, Pretty Little Thing and other U.K. websites also offer a variety of handbag dupes.
What do you think of the idea of designer handbag dupes? Let me know if you want to see more splurge vs. save posts! x
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SHOP THE LOOK
Red Chloé-esque Bag, Misspap
Black Ripped Jeans, Misspap
Black Over The Knee Boots, Shein
Black Bardot Top, Boohoo; similar here (Pretty Little Thing)
Gold Mesh Watch, Kapten & Son (36 mm, my fave watch!)
*Read the article on the BBC here
** WIPO, article here