PSA: Fashion Bootleggers Beware!
You know that expression, “Fake it till you make it”? It’s cool and all when it comes to a little fibbing on a resumé, or if you’re in Vegas frontin’ like you’re Russell Simmons‘ financial adviser. However, when it comes to the kicks on your feet or that bag on your shoulder or those jeans on that ass, PLEASE don’t invest in a knockoff.
I would kinda like to leave it at that, but some of ya’ll just don’t learn – so let’s go over some of the reasons why you should always cop real ‘ish.
A) The Quality Of The OG is Always Better:
Duh. There’s a reason why your LV weekend travel duffle bag broke on you in front of shorty at JFK, dun dun. It’s fake. Not only did you just embarrass yourself in front of her (and all the folks behind you at the security checkpoint), but chances are she’ll be looking at Ricardo the bartender more than she will be at your frontin’ ass for the remainder of that weekend getaway.
B) Don’t Invest In Labels, Invest In Style:
If you can’t afford luxury, there’s nothing wrong with it. LV, Gucci, Versace and the rest aren’t priced for everyone. During this recession we’ve seen multiple brands that have given us great replacements for luxury items at pocket-friendly pricing. Couldn’t afford the Yeezy‘s? Then do a pair of Rocawear‘s R+Evolution for your feet. Can’t even fathom copping the Chanel J12? Then do the FLüD Negative Space as a great ceramic replacement. There are dope stylish deals to be found everywhere.
C) You NEVER Wanna Get Caught Out There:
Wanna know what’s worst than rocking fake Air Force 1‘s? Getting caught rocking fake 1′s. True story: My boy, The Dred, was rocking fake 1′s in South Beach. Not just fake 1′s, but horrible looking AF1′s. To the point that someone we never met called them CrossTowns instead of Uptowns. This was in ’01 and homey still hears about it to this day. Goddamn bootleggers.
D) Our Stores/Brands/Industry Are Dying:
We’ve seen what the illegal downloading of music has done to the recording industry (sorry folks, but you guys are f*cked), but what if you could no longer get your some of your favorite pieces from your favorite brands? According to Reuters, “$1 million of fake bags and watches” were seized in Chinatown just before the holidays. Folks, the more fake gear you buy, the more of your favorite brands and stores and designers that you’re hurting and slowly putting out of biz.
E) Sometimes A Good Deal Isn’t Always The Best Deal:
My grandma was (and still is, at the ripe age of 76) a style maven. She always looked fly. But she never let the price of an item determine whether or not it was a good deal. Sounds confusing and contrary to what we spoke of at the top of this post, huh? Not at all.
Peep game: You buy a pair of bootleg jeans on Canal Street for 30 bucks. They last you 10 wears before you decide to throw them in the trash because they look like crap after you’ve washed ‘em 10 times. That averages out to about $3.00 per wear AND you’re out of a pair of jeans and now have to buy another pair of bootlegs or splurge on a pair of authentics (which you should’ve done in the first place).
Now say you cop a pair of authentic Sean John Flap Jeans for about $70.00 and you rock ‘em 50 times over a two-year life span. That averages out to $1.40 per wear. The Sean John’s aren’t just a better garment than the bootleg joints; they’re also a better deal over the lifespan of the garment. To be able to match that value, you’d need to cop five pairs of fake denim totaling up to $150. Not a smart move, Manolo.
Anyways, enough of this über-long post. Go out and shop at a reputable spot (like this dope lil’ site we got here) and support your favorite brands.