I was reading the latest issue of InStyle magazine when I came across this in the Summer Steals feature.
"Hey, it features a bag I own!" was my initial reaction. Until I looked closer and realised that it was not. You see, I bought this Michael Kors bag earlier this year.
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to realise that the two bags look eeriely similar. The shape, the colour, the way that the shoulder strap can be worn two ways. Yes, the clasp of the Sportscraft bag is different and it does not have the tag and key, but putting them next to each other, no one would deny that the bags are almost identical.
I know the adage "Nothing is new in fashion", and that even major trends like the bold stripes from Prada's S/S 2011 collection ...
Photo: Team Peter Stigter
have been seen before.
Photo: Vintage dress on Etsy
Everyone understands how the fashion food chain works and for those of us who cannot afford designer gear day-in-day-out, it's a godsend. However there IS a line between "inspired by" and "blatant copy". That line is difficult to describe but it's dead easy to tell if someone crossed it. Witchery/Balenciaga anyone?
You may not care at all. Michael Kors is unlikely to take any action against you, and many people will be happy to cough up the cash for the bag, whether they know of the original design or not.
But you (must) know that you are a thief. You stole someone else's work, claim it as your own and profit from it. That's poor form.
I'll spend my money on high street brands that come up with their interpretation of the latest trends (or better still, with their own unique designs).