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'Designer Inspired' Bags: Your opinion

View Poll Results: What is your opinion on 'designer inspired' bags?
They cheapen the value of the real bags people buy 100 35.97%
They are a good way for people who cannot afford authentic bags to keep up with trends 178 64.03%
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Jun 5, 2012, 12:41pm   #391
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Coach and MK are notorious for selling 'inspired' bags. I can see understand why people who work hard and save a lot of money to get an original design would get annoyed.

While I do agree it somewhat 'cheapens' the look, I'd rather someone carry an inspired one than a fake. I think it's great that certain companies make designs more affordable but when it's a 99.9% copy and the only difference is the label attached to it, I get slightly turned off.
Jun 21, 2012, 1:57pm   #392
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Originally Posted by Cait
I'm not voting; and I second that the poll options are uppity and snobby.

I have no problem with 'Designer Inspired' - there's a Brown's Couture bag here that looks like a Chanel Re-Issue (but is puffier, and obviously worse quality), but they have it in a hot-pink patent leather. I'd love a Chanel Jumbo (one day...), but I'm not really interested in eating canned tuna & Ramen for the next while to save up for it. The Browns' version is only $98; I want. Certainly, it won't last as long as a real Chanel, but for my purpose, it works. I have authentic mid-end and Premier bags, but I'm not above carrying something that's considered low-end. It's all about mixing it up; I buy what I like (within reason. And budget, unfortunately )

(The bag also isn't claiming to be Chanel; there is no logo'd interior, no CC charms; merely an inspired one.)

At the same token, while I would personally, never carry a knockoff/out-and-out fake, I have no real problem with people who do. Their conscience, not mine.

Furthermore, the argument that 'fakes cheapen authentics' is so unbecoming and pretentious, I can't stand it. I don't love my bags any less because someone across from me is carrying a fake; and I don't feel a need to flaunt my authentic in their face. There's a point when acting like you're in high school (and being so concerned that a stranger is carrying a fake, to have a conniption over it, is on that level, IMHO), is much more pathetic than carrying a fake handbag.
Oh my goodness, I SO agree with everything you just said here! Especially the last paragraph.
Jun 21, 2012, 10:43pm   #393
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Originally Posted by slowlikehoney
Oh my goodness, I SO agree with everything you just said here! Especially the last paragraph.
Thank you m'dear
Jun 22, 2012, 12:39am   #394
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I agree Cat you buy a bag for its functionality beauty and price ! I buy bags to serve my purse to carry the things I need to put in them ! I am practical I don't like fake or knock off's inspired will suit me well!
Jun 22, 2012, 9:59am   #395
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Sometimes I think that designers get also inspired...by what others made 20 or 30years ago!
I remember one of my old my black bags .....it looked like Marc Jacobs' Stam....
It's so difficult to imagine new shapes.....
Jun 22, 2012, 2:12pm   #396
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It's funny, too, because like someone else said, I didn't even realize how many bags were inspired by other bags until I started paying attention. I've seen SO many bags that look like the Celine luggage bag lately.

The whole fashion industry functions this way, honestly. It's like in that movie The Devil Wears Prada, when Meryl Streep's character sort of puts Anne Hathaway's character in her place by showing her just how unoriginal her what she thinks is totally original outfit really is.
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