A while ago on my Fb page I expressed my distaste for people adorning fake designer pieces aka Knockoffs. People left comments on the post, i replied, and we called it a day. So imagine my surprise days after that post, when i got a bbm message from this girl. Let's call her Miss X. Here's what she wrote. "What was that you said on Fb eh... What are you feeling like? long hiss" Oh oh! someone was pissed!
You see in as much as i love fashion and i have been known to forgo basic necessities just to acquire something i like, which i think may be going too far but at the same time nonetheless dignifying. One of the things i will never ever do is adorn a knockoff. Yes we see these things beyond our reach and we drool but please stoop at the drooling. Don't go ahead and try to purchase an exact replica. Its just cheap. its like putting a huge tattoo on your forehead that says 'I'm razz'. no matter how cool you think you look.
But most importantly for me and i don't mean to take the moral high ground but its just disrespectful to the designer who spent the time and creative energy to come up with that beautiful piece. There are even companies whose sole business is producing 'high quality replicas'. Imitation is the best form of flattery agreed. But this does not apply here.
While i was in school, i went to the Palms with a friend. We were both in year 1. We had gone to window-shop and maybe get some costume jewelery. My friend wanted to go into the Tiffany Amber store and i held her back "Baby lets not go in.. we'll only come out sad". She dragged me in and because my mum always says the rosary for her children, i was sure i wouldn't fall into temptation.
Before that day, my friend had never heard of Tiffany Amber but i ended up having to pay our cab fare back home and also pay for my friend's meal as my dear friend withdrew all of her allowance from the ATM to pay for a pretty Tiffany Amber blouse. Now that's flattery.
The feel of a luxury piece is heavenly i wont lie. ( i mean i hugged my James Lully bag everyday for 2 weeks before putting anything in it) and yes we see women like Deola Bali and Nkiru Anumudu and wish we could corner them in the dark. But the truth is all of us may not be able to afford these high end pieces or go through the needed sacrifice to be able to. If you must be a label lover, why not patronise designers with more affordable pieces. There are a few here in Nigeria, and their pieces are just as fabulous. Designers like Wana Sambo, Maju, Clemas, Babushka, Moofa and Jewel by Lisa also have the more affordable J label .