REAL vs FAKE – Designer Luxury Goods

The Dior Tribals are an item I have very recently added to my collection and its safe to say I have worn them almost every day since.

I recall a few weeks before I was planning to purchase I started to get cold feet and wondered, ‘will these earrings suit me or will they look as nice on me as they do on countless of women I have seen wearing them?’
I tried to dismiss my uncertainty until I saw a replica pair at Forever New and immediately picked them up as I was desperate to know what they looked like on my ears before making the decision on the Tribals.

Please note: These replicas were not something I intended to buy to add to my collection but they were well worth the test drive at around $10 a pair, they put my worries at ease.


For hygienic reasons, the Dior Tribals are an accessory you aren’t allowed to try on in store. Priced at $400+ depending on the style you choose, I thought that to be a big risk to take on a style I was unfamiliar with.

For many, this is a controversial topic, and there IS a difference between a knockoff (counterfeit item) and a replica or inspired item.
These Forever New earrings are not counterfeit as they are not claiming to be Dior Tribals, however, where do you stand on purchasing and wearing both counterfeit and replica style items?

Buying a counterfeit luxury item for personal use is not considered illegal yet but is it considered morally right?

I remember being about 15 years old and owning my first knock off, a pair of fake Chanel earrings (shudders) which had been purchased for me overseas. These earrings left my collection long ago but admittingly I have not always had an understanding for fashion designers the way I do now. At 15, I had very little knowledge of the icon Gabrielle and the fashion house of Chanel or the luxury world at all for that matter; I remember just gazing from a distance in amazement of the elusive nature of these designer brands, that to me seemed lifetimes away.

Fast forward eight years later and I wouldn’t dream of owning a counterfeit item for a few reasons but mainly, I see it as not only disrespectful to the designer, the history and the creative process of the item but also I find it disrespectful to myself.

At the age of 24, I know my worth and don’t want to devalue it with fake surroundings or a fake sense of reality.

I recall a time I owned replicas of the Cartier LOVE bracelet and being asked if they were real. I had to admit they weren’t and it left a dirty feeling on my skin. I can’t bring myself to lie to others or myself when asked, nor can I bring myself to feel proud of something that is just an illusion.
Oh, and I’m still saving for that authentic LOVE bracelet in case you were wondering.

I also try to avoid purchasing replicas wherever possible, if I recognise an item as being similar to an item I adore and recognise I will always opt for working my way towards the original (even if I try on the replica first just to be sure I love them).

We live in a world where millions of ideas have been played out and millions of garments, handbags or jewellery designs have come before so of course, labels will take inspiration from high-end brands to create more affordable items with similar or almost identical characteristics, but where do you stand on this?

CLICK HERE: an interesting article

Thanks for stopping by!

Caitlin
xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. April 24, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Great piece babe! I for one can’t bring myself to purchase/wear a counterfeit but am lenient for replicas. What you did here with the Dior’s is a great idea therefore I see no harm in trying a replica before committing to the real deal.

    I for one have purchased a replica because 1. it was on trend and 2. I wanted to see how it will go in my collection. This is the Chloe Faye bag. BUT I couldn’t bring myself to buy one that is a copy cat and claims to be the real deal, yano?

    It’s true, why devalue ourselves?

    Michaela
    http://www.graceandcoy.com

    • caitie.pawlowski@gmail.com
      May 18, 2017 / 5:46 am

      I agree with everything you have just said!
      And I too am a little lenient with a replica on occassion x

  2. Jasminka
    April 26, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Hi Caitlin, the Tribales are beautiful. I have the same pair ( pearl ) and I was like you wondering if they would suit me. But I just went and bought them anyways and did NOT regret buying them. I saw similar ones at Witchery and thought NO… $30.00 for a pair that are smaller than the DIOR won’t show like the real deal. I did saw YTbers who tried them on in the US, and there should be a way to sterilise them. I’m so tempted now to buy the Secret Cannage in Rose Gold. We’ll see. Love your YT channel.
    Jasminka

    • caitie.pawlowski@gmail.com
      May 18, 2017 / 5:45 am

      Oh the rose gold Secret Cannage would look so beautiful! I hope you manage to get them soon!
      Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  3. May 1, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Agreed Caitlin! It’s a much nicer feeling knowing you have the real deal and something that you’ll keep sacred for the rest of your life supporting those designers that worked really hard to get where they are now.

    http://www.thefairestofthemhall.wordpress.com

    • caitie.pawlowski@gmail.com
      May 18, 2017 / 5:43 am

      Glad you understand, thanks for reading 🙂 x

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