Recently, an ABC correspondent traveled to Canal Street (in New York City) to dive into the world of counterfeit handbags. This is big business and it has changed over the years when it comes to pricing. Back in the day, a person could cop a fake Gucci handbag for about $30-$40. Nowadays, ABC says the dealers on Canal St., in particular, have raised the stakes and are now charging anywhere up to $1,000 for a bag. These high priced knock-offs are called “superfakes”.
Watch the undercover investigation below:
True enough, it is difficult at times to determine if a handbag is real or not. In order to guarantee the authentication of your next handbag, best thing to do is buy it at the actual designer store (i.e. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Chanel, etc).
What are your thoughts about the “superfakes”? Are the dealers charging WAY too much for the counterfeit handbags?
Victoria Secret revealed a bra that many would gasp after finding out how much it cost. VS stepped it up a notch with their new Royal Fantasy Bra. According to their website…
“…designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad. The one-of-a-kind Dream Angels Demi Bra and matching belt will be worn on the runway by Candice Swanepoel in homage to Victoria’s Secret heritage. The set is adorned with over 4,200 rubies, blue and yellow sapphires and diamonds handset in 18-karat gold, and its crowning glory is the bra’s 52-carat pear-shaped ruby drop centerpiece.”
If you or your man got a cool $10 million laying around and want to spend it on an under-garment, then go check out Victoria Secret. If not, you can settle with seeing it strut down the runway at the 2013 VS Fashion Show on CBS, December 10 at 10/9C or via their Dreams & Fantasies catalogue.
If you are like me and the cash you once had now belongs to KIDS, MORTGAGE, PETS, SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, UPKEEP OF VEHICLES…………… I think you get my point. I love designer duds but I don’t always have the designer money. Listed below I have a few websites and stores that allow you to keep the same look but spend less of the green stuff.
If you are a Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Chanel gotta have it type girl, then Bluefly is definitely your place. Bluefly stocks merchandise that is currently in season and carries over 350 brands.
Each day you are greeted with a e-mail from this site letting you know which designer’s are available each day at a discount price. This sites offers everything from Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Watches, Versace, Burberry just to name a few.
Selected by People Magazine as one of the 15 ways to save money. This website offers up to 75% off retail prices. On this website I have seen everything from Calvin Klein home decor to savings on Omaha Steaks.
Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Loehmanns, Nordstroms Rack, and Filenes Basement:
If you like me however need interaction with people from time to time…. The 5 stores listed above, never serve as a let down. I like to call them my faithful hits, if I don’t find what I want in one I always can go to the other. It also helps to sign up for their e-mail alerts…last year, Loehmann’s sent me a a birthday coupon, entitling me to 20% off any item of choice, good throughout the entire month of December.
Written by Kenya Bonner, content writer for STACKS Magazine
First off, everyone doesnot have ‘money to blow’. But apparently, the fashion house of Givenchy could care less. The Givenchy brand filed a federal lawsuit against BCBG Max Azria Group in California on allegations that they infringed on the design and copyrights of the Nightingale bag (see pic below).
The Nightingale handbag sells for $2,175. But, BCBG’s Generation Rembrandt collection sold a similiar bag for $118. Although, BCBG is no longer selling the bag, Givenchy is seeking punitive damages and demands the company to stop selling their bags completely. Copyright infringement cases in the fashion industry have risen in the last decade. Knockoffs have become big business. Just go to any local flea market, swap meet, or the infamous Canal Street in NY. You can buy any designer handbag! From Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton to Prada, ladies who have bag fetishes can buy whatever. And shopping online is no different. the bottom line is…most women can NOT afford a $2,000 bag. So fashion houses go ahead and sue major retailers. Those are the only people you can sick your wolves on. The street hustler aka bootleg man will always be right around the corner with the latest Givenchy bag. LOL
But to many other fashionistas, if a bag is real or fake, really matters. So what do you think? Readers, does the price of the bag really matter?