My second favorite luxury handbag brand is Louis Vuitton. Although their bags are the essence of French class and sophistication, some of their Monogram canvas models can be carried on a daily basis. So without my husband being jealous, I can proudly say I have a crush on the French Louis Vuitton!
When I browse through the luxury fashion brands websites and brochures, I wonder to myself how Louis Vuitton justifies such high price tags. What is it that actually makes Louis Vuitton tote bags so expensive and if I purchase one am I really only buying into their clever marketing?
What are the real differences in terms of quality that justify a much higher price?
If we take the iconic Hermes Birkin Bag as an example, we see that often they are crafted from rare and expensive materials and may feature diamonds or other precious stones and materials. These bags I have less of an issue with being marked up at a much higher price but should we take the ever popular Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas range what makes it so special? Yes it’s true that authentic designer version will be water proof and fireproof, scratch resistant and will likely last a lifetime but with price tickets upwards of a thousand dollars for a simply NeverFull canvas is this really a justified price?
A replica bag, no matter how close to perfection and true to the designers version will never be made from the same luxury materials and will probably not have gone through the same processes to ensure a long life. Also depending on who you purchase from, the quality of the material can vary greatly. It’s also worth noting that more classic the bag the less likely any obvious “fakeness”. Designer bags trimmed with fur will be real, a fake bag trimmed with fur will be synthetic. But on the other hand genuine Louis Vuitton monogram canvas handbags are not even made from genuine leather…
A huge difference between fake or designer is of course the way the bags are put together. As Louis Vuitton brags, their designer bags would often take a week or more to produce by just one artisan who will work solely on that one particular bag. His work could be reflected in the serial number of that bag. Designer features would include only one piece of thread to be used throughout the entire bag, not cutting from start to finish. Instead it will be put together and sewn in a unique fashion which should give it greater strength. Why not… But would people on the street realize my Louis Vuitton replica handbag is not built in such way. There are very few chances they would!
A fake designer bag will often have several workers in the process, each cutting and preparing their section before being passed to someone else to put the pieces together. Usually on closer inspection one might find a few imperfections with fake bags that come about because replica manufacturers often copy each other and do not invest in designs or patterns. This can lead to some distorted version of the original designer bag. Retailers then buy these bags in bulk and sell them on at inflated prices but still much lower than the designers.
Having said that, there are some online replica retailers, that do actually invest in the designer bag to take apart and then make patterns from. This ensures a mirror image of the authentic version.
And the biggest reason of all that a designer bag is so expensive…..because the designer will be taking a hefty amount in salary and the overhead of running designer boutiques in some of the most prestigious locations across the globe costs an awful lot of money.
This is why, at the end of day, I would rather buy 7 star mirror image replica Louis Vuitton handbags: no one would notice they are not real and for the same amount of money, I would get a whole collection instead of 2 or 3!