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Friday, August 21, 2009

The Great Purse Debate of 2009 (aka you and your Grucci Purse)


Now that tempers have hopefully cooled off a bit regarding purses (on a message board that I frequent), I will do my little spiel about fake purses. This is not AT ALL directed at anyone who has one. I have no idea if yours is fake or not, but if it is, there is nothing I can do about it anyway. I am too late, alas.

Here is how I feel about fakes (as there is a time and a place for most things):

  • Fake and bake - Good if done occasionally to get a golden glow. Bad if you look like an Oompa Loompa.
  • Fake food additives - Splenda, I love you. Olestra, you are the worst substance on the planet, next to blowout baby diapers, which you will probably have if you actually eat the stuff.
  • Fake butter - real butter, very, VERY good. Margarine and all of you other butter wannabes, no.
  • Fake purses - always bad if it is an actual counterfeit with the LV, Coach, Kate Spade logo. A gray area but completely unnecessary if it is one of those "replica" bags (which I totally don't get the point of, but whatever).
I personally assume that 98% of people carrying "Coach" and "Chanel" bags are carrying fakes. I drop that down to about 90% of LVs and about 75% of all other popular knockoff bags, like Kate Spade and Burberry. If you can't afford it, don't front (me attempting to be "street") and let people think that you can. If you could afford the real thing, you probably wouldn't buy them because every 15 year old at the local strip mall is carrying the same bag. My theory - buy quality once, rather than quantity a dozen times. I spent most of my twenties buying purses that were okay but if I had put the same $15-$30 x 8 purses/year, I could have had one really decent quality purse (on sale, of course).

Obviously, everyone has their things that they spend money on. Some people want to spend money on their house, some on their clothes, some on eating out and entertainment, some on Steelers season tickets (just saying). Some people just need to use their money to simply subsist from day to day and not go into foreclosure. If you have the cash to spare, great. If not, think outside the box and buy a great original-looking bag from TJMaxx or Target. Does anyone need expensive purses and shoes? Of course not. Do people buy them because they are beautiful, well made and (hopefully) in their budget? Absolutely. Some of my favorite all time finds are thrift store and outlet purchases. I love it when people mix high and low end pieces and look good doing it. Target and H&M are my favorite stores for this.

So if you are carrying a Couch or a Prado or Grucci, and are still unconvinced, read here, here and here for more information on counterfeit goods. You can decide.

ETA (post-dessert): now that I have had brownie ice cream sundae, I don't really care anymore about any of the previous rant half as much.


Maria Egal said...

I have to agree 100% with you! Honestly, in my collegiate days, I sported the fakes...but these days, I go authentic all.the.way. I have a few LVs that I love. They will be with me until the day I die. I love that I can use them with all my outfits and frankly, have enough room in them to hold all my junk, my George Costanza stuffed wallet (Seinfeld-reference) AND diapers.

Can I believe that we spent $500+ for these bags? No...but I am all about quality vs. quantity. I don't have 50 purses. I have 4. And, I love them... :)

Tetlow Family said...

I am just going to throw in my 2 cents because this is a topic that really gets me fired up...I think people carry "brand" name bags for 2 reasons. 1. They want people to think they have money/status 2. They think they are important/special/better when they have something covered in Coach/Prada/LV what have you. Honestly, I look at those LV bags and I think "It's a brown and yellow bag! Really, is it worth $1,500? Ah no. It mean it's a brown and yellow bag!" I'd much rather have a bag WITHOUT a brand name that is unique and funky and DIFFERENT than what every single HS girl is carrying at the mall. It was comical how as soon as a Coach store opened in Pgh EVERY woman who walked in to my store had a Coach bag. Ridiculous. It's all about status and caring what people think. Ok ok, don't hate me...maybe you REALLY like the way they look/feel/are made. Maybe you are the 1% that actually falls into that category. Personally I love Tano bags--and they don't SAY Tano on them! Just my opinion...don't hate me! ;)

Tetlow Family said...

Oh and I also can't stand when people go to second hand store and buy a LV, Prada, etc bag...I mean how stupid is that! Is it that important for you to look like you are "high" end? I mean if you can't afford it new why would you buy it used just to "show" you have one???? It's sick. I think people need to STOP caring about what others think about them. Honestly, I'm not impressed with your "brand" name bag, shoes, clothes, car, etc...to me it just an example of insecurity. Ok, I need to stop ranting now...

Dr. Drama said...

Karly, you crack me up :-P

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