I love my Mom, but she and I have rather different priorities when it comes to designer bags. I love 'em and will spend my hard-earned $$ for them. She thinks it is a ridiculous waste of money when you can buy a well-made, well-designed, very attractive and functional all-leather bag for hundreds less. To each her own. This is NOT a rant against my mother -- and I'm warning you all right now, I don't want to read anything nasty about my mom. I just needed to give you the background for the conversation. Oh, and she is a very well-educated and well-read woman. Her daily newspaper is the NYTimes or the Washington Post, not the National Enquirer. On to my question: She was visiting from out of town this past weekend and yesterday she and my two teenage kids and I enjoyed lunch together at a sidewalk cafe. I had my Damier Speedy 30 with me and pulled over an extra chair to set my bag on so I wouldn't have to put it down on the (horrors!) sidewalk. At some point during lunch, some conversation came up about my bag. My 14-yo DD asked me how I knew it was real. I said it was real because I bought it myself at an LV boutique. (Okay, I ordered it from elux -- same thing.) My mom said that she had read that they make the fakes in the very same factories as they make the real ones. I told her I couldn't quite believe that, since from what I know, LV and other high-end brands spend millions of dollars hunting down and promoting criminal prosecution of those who counterfeit their goods. She said, "Well that's what I read." I didn't want to get into an argument so I dropped the subject. But, I wonder... is there any truth to this? I think not, but who knows? Anyone?