Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Handbags: Fake VS Dupe


fake vs dupe handbags

I adore designer bags. I stalk them everywhere (if stalking a bag on social media is a thing). Where ever I find them, I can circle around them for hours. The clean lines, intricate detailing, classic and timeless designs, best of the best material and the craftsmanship goes into them make them rather a piece of art than a bag.

But can I afford a £5000 bag? The answer is no even when they are considered as long-term investment. From the part of the world where I belong, people mainly invest in pure solid gold. So investing in a designer bag is out of a question. It will be a miracle if I get my hands on a designer piece someday. It doesn’t mean I cannot admire them. So, either I take a route to a fake bag or good dupe. You must be wondering, what is the difference between fake and dupe. Aren’t they the same? No, they are not.

Dupe is an authorised imitation of a designer piece. Replica but without the designer name, logo and price tag. Sometimes the replica is so convincing, that without knowing the hidden detailing of designer bags, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between dupe and original. Mostly these imitated bags are backed by high-street brands and there is always a way to return the product if it is not a satisfactory piece for the price paid.

Fake on the other hand is a piece which is a complete rip off from original. Counterfeit bags with designer’s logo and name are also come with high price tag. Because they are produced with the intention to deceive and take advantage of high valued products. Online websites are the easiest place to find fake bags. However, if the product is not worthy enough, you must kiss goodbye your money.

Will I buy a dupe bag?

Yes, please. A high fashion in a budget is the perfect way to style without breaking the bank. And specially when it comes to fast fashion or IT bags like Chloe Nile Bracelet bag which is all over the Instagram now. All top fashion bloggers own it and flaunt it. But splashing more than one grand every now and then on trendy bags, is probably not a smart idea for someone like me. Hence the dupes make their way to my wardrobe. Many high-street brands are offering such bags but with slight variations to not rip off the original design completely. Zara and Mango are the best brands to find some of the amazing dupes at the friction of price. Zara quilted leather bag is a great dupe for Chanel boy bag and is popular among fashionistas. Mango metallic handle bag is the distinct relative of Chloe Nile bracelet bag.

Will I buy a fake bag? 

I will run to the hills if I come across any fake product. I don’t own designer handbag but it is not that difficult to spot the fake bag. Normally the quality is rather poor. Fake bags wear off more easily than designer bags and loses the shape because of cheap material. Also, buying fake bag is a first step in faking your personality and I am not that kind of person. If I can’t afford it, I will rather not have it. Fake bags don’t take much of a sale from the designers; because who buy fake bags are normally not the kind of people who can afford the real one but it damages the brand reputation and make them less exclusive. Also, heavily replicated brands lose the charm and customers like Michael Kors bags. Have you ever heard anyone talking about them anymore?

Are the choices only limited to high end designer, fake or dupe bags? Absolutely no. There are several mid-range brands which are producing the most stylish bags to suit every style. My personal favourite is Fossil. Quality, design and price, everything about this brand is just incredible. It is slightly more expensive in UK but if you get a chance to visit US don’t forget to grab one from the brand. I am carrying a piece from Fossil for more than eight years and still it is in a pretty great shape. 

Another two UK brands which I adore for their classic design are Fiorelli and Radley. I fall in love with almost every bag they offer. They both sit at different price range but are good options. Similarly, many high street brands have their premium range as well if you are willing to spend little extra for good quality leather bag. The bag I am carrying in the picture is from the Brand Marc B and is from their quilted range. 

YSL, Gucci and other high-end designer brands has introduced in recent years’ mini bags, relatively less expensive to reach those customers which are new to all the designer bags. Like YSL blogger bag, camera bag and Gucci Marmont matelassé shoulder bag, Gucci Soho Disco, Prada Textured leather camera bag (the list goes on) due to the huge trend of micro bags with Instagram bloggers. The options are not limited; all we need to do, is to find our style. It may take a little extra effort but it is always worth it at the end. 

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28 comments:

  1. This makes the distinction really clear - in makeup terms, I normally try a dupe of an expensive product to see if I will make use of it. Fakes are just dodgy business!

    Tori | www.torisworld.com

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    1. i think dupes are great for finding what style suits our style. And if wish we can invest in designer bag :)

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  2. I absolutely agree! I have the same attitude with makeup, happy to buy the dupes but a fake, not a chance, plus you don't know what harmfulness is in it. Although not the case for bags I just think it's so dangerous in terms of safety and ethical standards to go fake. x

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    1. Oh in makeup, fake means disaster and compromising own's health.

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  3. This is a great post. I like how you make the difference between a fake and a dupe

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  4. That's a really good explanation. I don't like fake products but don't mind cheaper versions x

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  5. Great explanation about the difference between fake and dupe. I wouldn't buy a fake bag but I don't see the issue in dupes as they're for people who like a design but can't afford thousands. Pretty much all of my handbags are actually Fossil as I find they're good quality and last without being too expensive x

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  6. There are so many different fake items for sale these days!

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  7. I didn't know the difference between fake and dupe. I wouldn't buy a fake but a dupe I don't mind. I definately wont be paying five grand for a bag!

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  8. I wouldn't purchase a fake but a dupe would save me lots of money for sure!

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  9. I had no idea what a dupe bag meant. Thanks for the explanation.

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  10. Love this article you clearly define difference between a dupe and a fake - I ould buy dupes, but not fakes :) x

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  11. Honestly I didn't realise there was a difference between a fake and a dupe so this clarified that for me.

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  12. I don't think I'll ever be able to afford a designer bag, so dupes are great. Can imagine it's annoying when you're scammed into buying fake dupes though!

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    1. Aurghh... Fake doesn't even worth the effort

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  13. Such an informative post! I didn't realise that Dupes are authorised, so now I won't worry about buying one of those! I won't ever go down the fake route though!

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  14. I feel exactly the same, I love a good dupe but I hate fake designer bags! xx

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  15. I wouldn't mind buying a dupe at all and this bag is just gorgeous, plus that pink color! <3

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  16. I must confess I have never thought about dupe handbags before, but I am not considering it! :)

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  17. I agree, I will always buy dupes but not fakes. Fakes are always so obvious anyway!

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  18. Love this explanation and agree, dupe is completely different to buying a fake bag x

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  19. An interesting post and I agree I do not like fake bags.
    Bag in the picture is beautiful! I'm simply fascinated. :)
    Greeting

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  20. I'm sorry, but you're not correct. A dupe, as in duplicate, is where a High St store have ripped off a design without trying to pass it off as an original. They are absolutely not authorised and stores like Zara are sued all of the time for this kind of thing.

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    1. I agree with you to some extent but dupe are inspirational designs. They never claim to be the original product. Dupes are not the exact replica. I can give a little edge to them but not to a fake product.

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  21. Completely agree. Fake ones are so easy to spot. I don't think there is anything wrong with either.

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