Adventures in Copyright: 2 Downtown Bags, 1 Uptown Price

There are certain places we expect to see rip-offs of Stams, Goyards, Balenciaga motorcycle bags etc. - like the carts on Broadway in Soho for $40, no
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There are certain places we expect to see rip-offs of Stams, Goyards, Balenciaga motorcycle bags etc. - like the carts on Broadway in Soho for $40, no
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There are certain places we expect to see rip-offs of Stams, Goyards, Balenciaga motorcycle bags etc. - like the carts on Broadway in Soho for $40, not on not well-respected shopping sites selling for almost $1000. The bag on the far left, by Italian designer Giorgio Brato, is great - roomy, simple, basic. We like it. But we've been liking it for almost two years - since YSL debuted the Downtown Bag and everyone from Demi Moore to half of the Upper East Side slung it over their shoulder. The Downtown's shape, both chic and large, is very distinct - it's the reason we found it appealing in the first place. Brato's version might lack the three gold buttons and side buckles from the YSL, but it's essentially the same bag, and yet for only a couple of hundred dollars less - why buy the knock-off when you can actually afford the original? The bag's web page says, "Please note: Each Giorgio Brato creation is a unique work of art." We beg to differ.