As if you needed another reason to avoid buying Canal Street fakes: Yesterday's New York Post has a hilarious story of tourists getting trapped in a fake shack, hidden by the bag traffickers until the police had finished their raid of all the counterfeit stalls. Of course, one of the tourists freaked and called the police. Now the faux vendors are getting charged with both copyright violation and kidnapping. So funny. Still, we understand that many shoppers can't afford a real [insert status bag here], so here are some suggestions: 1. Check out thrift stores and discount dealers like Yoox and Bluefly. In college, I got a Coach bag at TJ Maxx for $50. 2. Are you in New York? Have you ever been to Woodbury Commons? The only Prada Outlet in North America is there, and it's where I got a Miu Miu bag for $150 and Prada heels for $100. Their Bottega outlet is good, too. 3. When all else fails, DIY. We copied that Louis Vuitton necklace to perfection, and I think we'll be doing a Goyard Inspired bag later this week. Yes, really.
Is the End of Fake Louis Vuittons Nigh?
Could fake Louis Vuitton bags be a thing of the past? It's hard to imagine, especially when NYC's Canal Street is still overflowing with them, but a new ruling means the luxury goods company has won another battle. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Louis Vuitton yesterday in an unfair trade case against a “large-scale international counterfeiting and infringing enterprise” profiting from faux iterations of LV's sacred toile monogram. Most importantly, the ruling offers the luxury brand added protection from counterfeiting by a pretty powerful force--the U.S. government.