So I am probably going to get a lot of criticism here, but so be it. I am not going to get suckered into tolerating fake bags because everyone is afraid to speak up.
Many of you guys probably know Levi Nguyen. She is a tall, gorgeous blogger who has impeccable style and puts out amazing photos of her outfits. However, as of yesterday, I have lost all my respect for her. She recently hosted a Giveaway with The Quiet Riot and gave away a bag I thought WAS the Celine Trapeze.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am completely all for designer inspired looks. However, pretending that these bags are authentic without a single disclosure in the website IS A CRIME in my opinion. Levi has been blogging long enough to know that the bag she was giving away wasn’t a Celine, as they are no where close to $108 The Quiet Riot sells it for. In my humble opinion, Levi, as a fashion advocate should have informed her readers at the very least that the bag was only “Celine inspired,” since The Quiet Riot doesn’t disclose such information on their website.
What is the big deal, you might ask? Half of the consumers or participants of Levi’s giveaway are unaware of the fact that the bag is even a Celine knock off. They have unknowingly chosen to support fake designer goods without any prior knowledge. The other half who are well aware of the Celine replica are potential fake designer bag supporters who think they love high end goods when in all actuality, they are violating one’s intellectual property and committing a crime.
Most of us aren’t billionaires, but we work and save our hard earned money so we can invest in such luxury items once in awhile. And I too, belong in this category. Some designer bags are beyond affordable for many of us, but who could blame them for such mark ups when they have to compensate for millions of replicas after the release of their next design. No one should judge another for the lack of variety in his/her designer bag collection. However, I DO judge those who discreetly carry fake designer bags in hopes to convince others of some pretentious status he/she wants to achieve for oneself.
I foresee losing many readers and upcoming criticism from many. At the end of the day, my purpose of having Stylejourneys isn’t for flattery or getting infinite numbers of “likes” and “followers”. I started this blog as someone with passion, love, respect for fashion and a little insight, in hopes to empower others with similar interests and to protect the brands and companies I love.
Sorry, I won’t be giving away designer replicas here for “likes” and “followers” because I will never support such activity and call myself a lover of fashion.
Let’s have integrity for what we claim we love – fashion.
For bloggers: I do appreciate the bloggers who disclose “designer inspired” items worn, at the bottom of their entries.
As always, thanks for reading, and I truly apologize if I have offended anyone. I believe in giving credit when its due, where its due, but I despise dishonesty.