do NOT buy fakes or support any group who do, not because I am a purist but because it isn’t ethical or legal. I do however buy items that reflect the style of the brand, for example I loved the Banana Tapei bags that emulate the style of a Hermes Birkin. They don’t say Birkin, they say Banana Tapei.

In Italy the amount of fakes was immeasurable. The men selling on the street and the beaches, had bags with logos stating Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.. The dust bags where even made to look like the brands designs.

When buying a fake, realize you are not just taking cutting out the designer who created the style but you are supporting the black market. Often times, the black market supports child labor and breaks the law. I show you all of these bags, as beautiful as they may appear to be at first glance, are not beautifully crafted as they would be if made by the luxury provider. Laws were put in place to protect people and businesses from abuses to the system.

In fact, there were so many fakes in Italy, I would go so far as to say, unless you are buying in a high end Vintage Store or the boutique itself, I wouldnt trust anyone selling a bag or accessory with a designer name. Most of the bags were only styled to be similar to a brand that was famous, but at significantly lower prices.

Also, another reminder, if it seems like a deal to good to be true, it probably is… 

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