I purchased a replica bag. Yes. I did. And before you judge me, keep in mind that there are valid reasons for my purchase. First of all I wanted to see just how a “replica” bag is constructed. I wanted to see how it compared to the real deal.
And—I just felt like it!
Forget the Vuitton replicas. The LV Neverfull bag still remains on my life-long bucket of things I want—and with 63 knocking on the door in a few weeks, I don’t think it’ll ever belong to me.
Call me crazy for coveting this bag, but it’s a life goal for me. You can just imagine how green I was when I went to my sister’s house and she had a brand spanking new one! And it was real!!
I just cannot bring myself to purchase a replica of a bag that I covet so much and dream about it.
Instead, I opted for a replica of a Goyard tote. The chevron design does something to me. I love the design. And in studying the various distant relatives in Replicaland , I came across one of the colors that appealed to me.
This photo from the New York Times showcases Goyard replicas on New York’s Upper East Side. How come I never saw these?
My choice was the yellow. Yellow is a happy color. Yellow reminds me of warm weather. Yellow looks great with Navy.
My Goyard “replica” is it an exact replication? No. But it works for me.
The wait time wasn’t long at all. Less than a week. The price was $59—not bad for a replica. It came packaged securely. The bag came with a replica Goyard dust cover. I have no idea what a genuine Goyard dust cover looks like so this is no big deal to me. In fact, I’ll most likely use the dust cover to store dirty clothing while traveling.
The dust cover. It wasn’t soft like the dust covers I have for my Longchamp bags. Note the spots of white ink to the right of the Goyard printing.
How did it compare to the real deal? Well, since I practically stalk women carrying Goyard totes when I’m in France, without getting too close to anyone’s personal space—it isn’t bad.
The strap or handle drop isn’t as long as the real tote and isn’t as wide and the size is off but other than that—let’s have a look—shall we?
This is a genuine Goyard tote that is currently being sold on Tradsey. Luckily, they had a great photo.
The dust cover is yellow and, as you can see, much softer than the brown one that came with my replica. The small pouch is attached to the tote with a leather strap.
The replica that I ordered. The differences are in size. The strap drop is shorter and not as wide as the genuine Goyard. The size of the actual tote is also a bit off and more stiff and structured. Still–it isn’t bad.
The pouch is on a strap but isn’t looped the way it is on the genuine tote.
The stitching on the trim is fine. No skipped stitches and it runs evenly.
The random “Goyards” with the address are pretty much spot on. If someone can spot the difference while I’m out and about, they are too close to my personal space. The chevron prints do not touch, whereas on the genuine totes, the chevrons do touch.
All other stitching on the bag is very straight and it quite honestly pretty darn good!
I did find a bit of wonky stitching on the inside handle. I’m hoping that the handles hold up!
Another view of the stitching on the handles.
A view of the inside of the bag. It appears to be very well-constructed and this is coated canvas–just as the real deal is coated canvas.
This tote hold a lot of stuff! I honestly think it is sturdier than the Tory Burch Gemini Link Tote but only time will tell.
And I love the way the tote looks against a navy blazer.
Overall, I would rate this replica a B+ because I have no idea how long it will last.
Whether or not you think I did the “right” thing. Remember this. Not every woman out there can afford to spend $1,500 and upwards for a tote bag or any bag. And if they want the look of a luxury bag, then purchasing a replica bag is a personal choice and nobody should be judged.
My other fabulous fake purchase was a couple of weeks ago. I purchased another pair of Ardell Magnetic lashes. This time I bought the “Accents”. These are smaller than the Whispies and more manageable. In fact, I forgot I had them on. They stayed put all day and I have to say, were a lot easier to apply than the other ones I purchased.
These fakes are great little “helper” lashes! I love ’em!
I’ll definitely be purchasing more in the future. As I age, I’m finding that my lashes are becoming more sparse. It’s a bit upsetting because mascara isn’t lengthening the lashes anymore. I need a bit of assistance but eyelash glue irritates my eyes. These little lashes are a great buy!
Take a close look. Not only do I have fake hair in the form of Estetica Designs “Violet” wig, but I’m also wearing the Ardell Accents magnetic lashes. They look very natural!
I’ll tell you—I’m a study in fakeness between my fake hair, my fake lashes, my “replica” tote—and, when the weather gets a bit warmer, my fake tan!
While I realize that the replica bags may not be ethical, I also question the high prices of these bags. A few years back we watched an expose on Envoye Special, a French news show and they covered a segment on how much Chanel bags were really worth and the price was far, far removed from the retail. So tell me—how ethical is that?
Besides, have you ever seen a Michael Kors tote? It’s an exact rip off of my dream Neverfull bag.
So why do people say that MK’s direct ripoff of the Neverfull is OK and other replicas are not? Granted–he doesn’t use the LV logo but this is such an obvious copy. And it’s almost three hundred bucks!
I make no apologies nor would I lie by saying that my Goyard fake is real. It’s a real fake!
Hey. If you want to wear fake hair, or have fake titties, or have fake nails or fake lashes or a fake tan. It’s ok—in fact it’s downright fine! There’s reasons for that fake hair, tits, nails, lashes and so on.
It’s the person’s heart and spirit that needs to be genuine!
It’s the heart that counts!
Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. It could prove me wrong or perhaps you agree with me! Let’s talk!
And speaking of genuine–Tom Jones is the real deal when it comes to a singer. I’ve been listening to him in the car. One of my favorite songs of all time is “It’s Not Unusual” because the song always makes me feel so happy!
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