Sunday, October 9, 2011

An open letter to a fashion thief

Dear Sportscraft

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 ...


have been seen before.


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).

Yours sincerely

Ms Curious

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  1. Eurgh, that is such a BLATANT copy!!! I am not very savvy with designer bags and shoes (which are the things that seem to get copied the most) so I would probably never know if something I bought was a complete copy, which makes me sad as I wouldn't want to endorse something like that. Of course it's impossible to be completely unique and individual, but still, have some shame and try and mix it up a little!

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  2. Ugh, that kind of rubbish makes me sick. They should be ashamed of themselves - is it really too hard to come up with something themselves???

    And to pice it at $249 - you could get a real MK online for that.

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  3. They also copied a Zara dress down to a T - I bought this dress in Montreal early this year (http://lookbook.nu/look/2071317-BEIGE-blue) for around $60. After reading your blog, I went to have a look at Sportscraft website and guess what I found??

    http://www.sportscraft.com.au/dresses/evette-print-dress/w1/i6259366_1001235/

    The dress style and print are almost identical, except it is much more expensive at $186.

    Grrr....

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  4. Sorry, just to clarify, the Zara dress link is not my blog, I simply couldn't find a Zara website photo.

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