Feeling is believing when it comes to fake handbags
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Fake designer handbags: Hard to find and easy on the eye but feeling is believing Feeling is believing when it comes to fake handbags
facebook email Can you tell which handbag is the real deal? (Hint: The fake one is on top.) A fake handbag can cost just $40, while a legit item can ring you up more than $700. (Joe Marino/New York Daily News)
I didn’t know it would be this hard to find a fake Louis Vuitton bag in Chinatown.
As I ducked inside the small store fronts along the crowded streets Friday and asked for Louis Vuitton lookalikes, I was told “No designers, no designers.”
Just as I was getting discouraged, I spotted a woman on the corner of Canal and Lafayette Sts. She was mumbling under her breath, but I caught the words as I passed in front of her.
“Louie, Louie?” she said in a low tone. “Louie, Louie?”
Those were the words I wanted to hear. “Louis Vuitton?” I asked her, spinning around.
“Yes,” she said, and she beckoned me to follow her.
We walked about three blocks away from Canal St. toward Hester St. The vendors were nervous,
she explained, because of the increased police presence. They no longer displayed knockoffs of high end designer bags in the open.
And it could get even worse if a proposal by Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D Chinatown) making it a misdemeanor to purchase counterfeit items becomes law.
She took me between two cars and behind a van, and a man who had followed us up the street showed me a catalogue.
Inside were four pages of laminated Louis Vuitton products wallets and purses and bags of all sizes and colors.
I pointed to a basic wallet and he said “Okay” and walked around the corner. Two minutes later he came back with the wallet I had selected and assured me it was high quality.
“It’s good,” he said, manipulating the zippers. “You pay me $40.”
After I paid, I went to Louis Vuitton’s flagship store on Fifth Ave. and found the exact same wallet at first glance at least for $765.
To the casual eye, there wasn’t much difference between the two, aside from the price.
But a closer inspection revealed it had the attention to detail and fine quality leather and canvas that made it feel special in my hand. The fake one felt like plastic, with a rough, bumpy texture, almost like a rash.