Don’t Support Fake Bags!!!! – Even if it’s free!!!!

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.
http://tlnique.blogspot.com/2013/06/tee-time-win-bag-giveaway.html


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.

Sincerely,
Journey Choi

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23 thoughts on “Don’t Support Fake Bags!!!! – Even if it’s free!!!!

  1. Completely AGREE. The blogger is posting false advertisement, which is so INGENUINE. Super sketchy to not enclose any details …I would be livid if I won a free FAKE Celine bag. Thanks for letting ppl know, Journey!

  2. Journey, first of all, CONGRATS on your pregnancy! You’re going to have one cute baby!
    I love this post and I agree with everything you said. I secretly have an designer inspired Birkin bag sitting in my closet and I don’t know how to showcase it on my blog because although I love the bag, I felt like I’m sending the wrong message. The reason I bought it is I truly love the bag and honestly, Birkin is way out of my budget. After reading this, I’m comfortable to blog about it but don’t worry, I’ll make sure I let others know that it’s designer inspired. :)

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

  3. Journey, first of all, CONGRATS on your pregnancy! You’re going to have one cute baby!
    I love this post and I agree with everything you said. I secretly have a designer inspired Birkin bag sitting in my closet and I don’t know how to showcase it on my blog because although I love the bag, I felt like I’m sending the wrong message. The reason I bought it is I truly love the bag and honestly, Birkin is way out of my budget. After reading this, I’m comfortable to blog about it but don’t worry, I’ll make sure I let others know that it’s designer inspired.

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

    • Totally understand it! There is nothing wrong with doing a post wearing that birkin. They are the most expensive ridiculous items ever. Lol I’m all for designer inspired looks, just find it wrong when others discreetly pass off a fake as a real one by forgetting to mention it in posts. You will be just fine I say do it!! And thank you :)

  4. Don’t ever feel the need to “please” anyone. You created this blog to have a place to speak your mind, to share with readers what you are thinking, doing, wearing etc. I 100% agree with you regarding not supporting fake bags. And being a well-known public figure like she is, you really need to be extra aware of what you are representing. I hope she realizes it soon and either add the disclaimer or close the giveaway down all together.

  5. I couldn’t agree more. I totally believe in the originals. Once in a while yes, I would have to admit that I’m into the more affordable priced items but never a replica of an original without the key word “inspiration”. Putting myself in a designer shoe, I would be upset too if my designs are being copied. I’m very proud of you to speak up on this issue. You go girl! =)

  6. I agree with you. There is a big difference between a bag that is inspired by a design of another to a bag that is exactly the same especially if you will not specify its a replica and not original. I myself have bought inspired bags such as the ones from Target since a designer bag is a little out of my way for the moment but I would never buy a fake bag.

  7. This took a lot of courage! In our “must-have” culture, so many of us want at any price… just to have! It seems it’s quantity over quality. But when I hold my grandmother’s real items, I remember the quality! And when I think of friends who started lines only to be put out of business because of copycats… my heart aches. So kudos for you for standing up for what’s right! You have a new fan :)
    xo ~kim & chloe

  8. Nooooooooooooooooo way!!! Aw that’s a travesty babe and I totally agree, NOT FOR THE FAKES AT ALLLLLL! When you’re a young teen and totally oblivious to fashion crimes than at times it’s understandable, but when you’ve got TONS of followers who turn to you for the latest and greatest, it’s DEF a duty to call it out! Such a relevant post THANKS FOR EDUCATING your readers babe! You’re a rockstar!

    Thank you for the blog visit love! Would love to get your thoughts on my latest!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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