So, the other day I had a conversation with one of my best friends and the topic of copy Gucci bags came up. She had just come across a new online site that was selling replica bags of the very expensive fashion house. At first I wasn’t sure if I was impressed, hadn’t had such a thought ever come to mind. But then I reminded myself that fashion is created for a purpose, to help people express themselves, and also made to be accessible to all.
My friend explained to me that the replicas on this website were actually pretty good, near exact replicas of the genuine ones. And they were shockingly affordable too! Right away I was thinking about how my life could be so different if I had a bag like that. I admit it: I am an accessory junkie. Having a quality Gucci replica around my arm sounded like a dream.
Plus, the idea of having something which screams luxury and has a ‘designer label’ without having to pay the high-end price tag was appealing. That being said, it wasn’t the designer title that had me feeling mesmerized about the idea of owning a copy Gucci bag, it was the thought of having something that looked sleek and stylish. So much so, that I was feeling I was missing out on something.
But! The moment my fascination was at its peak of excitement, I asked myself “Why do you want that?”. It then made me think of the opportunities and advantages that come with owning something genuine, something actually made with great quality. This made me realize that while replicas and knockoffs look nice, they aren’t the same. I also then started to wonder if by buying a replica I am encouraging the illegal sale of designer goods.
I asked my friend if they had heard of stories were replica bags have been busted open, because the craftsmen never quite cut the strings, where they shouldn’t have been. She informed me that it does happen, and instead of sneering I should sympathize those people and respect the actual designer goods, more than the imitation.
Let’s face it, in everyone’s life choices they have to think of the moral implications. Sure, I know I could get a fake Gucci bag at a fraction of the price, but I also wanted to stick with the idea that my self-expression wouldn’t be half-heartedly expressed through a replica item. Plus, the craftsmanship of the authentic bag is much more superior, impeccable cuts, fancy trimmings, and perfectly sewn together.
And this is the story of how I stepped away from the thought of owning a replica Gucci bag. But crazy enough, the idea still lingers in the back of my mind. Whether it is a fashionista need to look-good or just an idle thought of its practicality I’m not quite sure. Perhaps I’m on the fence about this story, I’m sure it’s a story many can relate to.
So, I guess it’s time to make a decision, that if I do end up getting myself a Gucci replica bag, that it won’t be a spur of the moment spending. There’s definitely a lot to think about in the process. Do I want to s[……]