Luxury items raise a lot of questions. Should we care about wearing a symbol? Should a symbol be affordable to only those who have money? Is a luxury item really better than another item? After the 80’s and 90’s logomania, a brand’s icon became a megaphone for telling the public your status in life. $10,000 on a handbag, sure! Mortgage a house to get a Lamborghini, why not!?
The debate on buying luxury items is a long one that is still going on. Sometimes, you just have a click with a brand - luxury or not. You admire the craftsmanship, you like the company culture, and you buy from them again and again. In whichever category you fall into, it is so important to know where you are buying from. Unfortunately, fakes have flooded our market - online and offline - making it difficult to buy.
Did you know that there have been psychological tests done on women who buy counterfeit handbags? Yes, in a paper called “Constructing [an] identity through the consumption of counterfeit” the research explores the mental adventure and benefits women get from purchasing a fake luxury item. So much so, that the most addicted buyer researches and pays extra for a fake that is close to the real thing.
In an interview with Racked, counterfeit buyers share what drove them to market stalls where they could find cheaper “knock-offs”. A 29-year old Chinese-American woman bought her first counterfeit bag, a black leather Dolce & Gabbana, because “it was a shortcut to the upper class.Whenever I bought luxury products — authentic or not — I was buying into an ideal version of myself.”
In the research, shopping for counterfeits demonstrated an increase in happiness, an adrenaline rush from fear of being caught with a fake and surprisingly, it showed that the buyers tended to think and feel as their idol buyer would. Who wouldn’t want to feel and think like a millionaire?
Louis Vuitton became famous for his luggage case. The case had to endure travel: being thrown and tugged throughout a long journey. This meant that the materials had to be durable and strong.
Rumor has it that each bag goes through several durability tests, holding weights and being dropped before it makes its way to stores worldwide. The material also goes through ultraviolet treatment to prevent fading. The only part that you will see fade is the leather is the trim.
Every Louis Vuitton product is handmade from start to finish in France, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. Unfortunately, another reason why Louis Vuitton is a famous brand is that it burns and destroys any bag that was not sold. The brand does not have any discounted products, so there are some that are left unpurchased. This, albeit strange, ceremony is to keep the item exclusive making the purchase of a real LV product more sacred.
Since the beginning, Louis Vuitton has had to battle counterfeits. Companies copied his luggage case straight away to the point where the designer had to get a patent on his colors, logos, and stripes. Now, online stores and impulse buying has led to an increase in counterfeit products and sales. Online stores can share an image of trust, but shopping online can be dangerous if you don’t buy from the right sources.
So, how do you spot a fake Louis Vuitton in a market where 99% of the products are counterfeit and almost identical to the real thing?
The buying fakes products contribute to an illegal business that is worth over $461 Billion - according to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development. That is more than the drug trade. Not only that, when you are buying from a market stall, higher the chances are that you are buying from a company that uses slavery or child labor to make the handbag.
A handbag represents a lot about a person. Whether you want to own a luxury brand because it is made of good, quality products or because you like the effect it has on you - make sure you buy a credible company that you can trust.
As a vegan, however, we must look beyond some of the more mainstream brands and choose products made sustainably from vegan materials, such as faux-leather or canvas.
Become an ambassador for a conscious-consumer world. Buy handmade bags from Leafy Souls!
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