I'm a full time medical student, and have pretty much refused to allow lifestyle to interfere with my personal style. I believe in maintaining this chicosity :) while pursuing goals, not waiting until it's too late (contrary to what most of my fellow classmates believe :) Different strokes for different folks though.
I shop EVERYWHERE, from Ann Taylor to H&M, to even your occasional Target trips for accessories and such. My only criteria is that it fit as close as possible to couture (need to pay off med loans first), while fitting my budget.
So, my question to you, fashion connoisseur, is what in the world I should do about this unshakable desire for a Louis Vuitton?
It's become quite pressing now. So, as a budget fashionista, the thought of spending abut 600 bucks on this bag is killing me with guilt.
Now, it's not that I cannot afford it at all: buying this bag will not have my husband and I (I'm 26 btw) out of eating, paying our rent, or even being short on any bills. However, we're not rich.
So I guess this would just be a really frivolous purchase for me.
I live in NJ, and I was wondering what you thought of faux bags, and getting an LV fake (should I in your opinion, where, etc). I really would rather not walk around with a bag that screams tacky fake, but if one could hardly tell with a good quality fake (if such exists), I'd probably be down for it. I am so looking forward to your response. Thank you!
I think your internal turmoil in regards to buying a Louis Vuitton bag is very common amongst us (non-rich) girls.
It is a status symbol that taunts us. Very luxurious, yet somewhat still attainable. But hardly justifiable. And then we have those tempting alternatives, the knock-offs.
I would say there are three kind of Louis Vuitton shoppers:
1. The person that will buy and carry only a real Louis Vuitton.
2. The person that will buy and carry only a knock-off Louis Vuitton.
You would love to buy a real one, but can't justify the cost. Yet, you can't move forward and forget about the bag. You still want one. You want one so bad that now are considering buying a counterfeit.
Then I say you should definitely get one.
But because you don't fit in category 2, I think, and I could be wrong, that buying a knock-off would not quench your thirst for a real Louis Vuitton bag.
But I am not going to tell you to spend $600 when you don't want to. So I would suggest you go ahead and get the best 'fake' you can find. Make sure you don't pay too much for it, it would defeat its purpose.
Also, do some research before you get this 'fake' one: go to a Louis Vuitton store to look and study the model you are going to buy. Look at the stitching, look at the handle, look at the leather and how and where each separate piece comes together, look at all the details.
I am not here to encourage you to buy a knockoff, I personally don't do it.
But I do understand your point of view, and at the same time realize that if a Louis Vuitton would cost half its price, we probably wouldn't be talking about a knock-off today. I do believe that their prices are too expensive for the product they sell, and especially considering the fact that there is no "exclusivity" factor whatsoever (you see more Louis Vuitton bags - real or fake - on the street than any other brand, at least here in NY).
So if you are going to get a 'fake' one, you want to get one that looks absolutely 'real'.
With your acquired knowledge from the visit to the store, you should intensely study the 'fake' Louis Vuitton before you buy it. Everything must look the same. Exactly the same. Don't settle for any differences. The last thing you want is to be is self-conscious every time you carry this bag. You want to know that this bag looks just like the 'real' one.
I'd also like to specify, that most of the time you can tell a 'fake' Louis Vuitton not by the bag itself, but by the carrier. The carrier is the first clue on giving away a 'fake' bag. Let me explain. If you are walking the street with unflattering clothes, messy hair, old manicure, dirty shoes and a Louis Vuitton bag, you're carrying a 'fake'. So make sure to always look your best when carrying this real looking 'fake' bag.
I don't know a specific store (or street corner) where to get a "quality" fake, but I guess Chinatown would be a good place to start from.
Buy it, enjoy it, and if you ever feel that it's not enough for you, you can always find this fix you're looking for @ 116 Green Street in New York.
Good luck and let me know the outcome!
A note to my readers:
Please feel free to leave your comments about this 'delicate' subject.
Have you ever thought about buying counterfeit? Do you own 'fake' and pass them for 'real'? If one of your friend buys a 'fake' bag and shows it off to you as 'real', do you let her know that you can tell it's a 'fake'?