Gucci. Prada. Kate Spade. Louis Vuitton. How far will one go to be in style? Top designers have made their styles famous, especially among teens and young adults.
Quinnipiac University students have been spotted wearing many of the top designers, or so we think.
Who’s to say what is in style? It is obvious that society influences the way people think. And why wouldn’t they?
It would be no surprise to find style magazines piled next to a bed, televisions tuned in to popular shows, or movies where stars are clothed in only the best attire.
Since these messages are surrounding us at all times, it is no wonder people are drawn to them. Advertisements for top designers show only the best looking people modeling the latest fashions. The idea may appear great, but is it economically friendly?
Recently, a vendor who sold replicas of all the best name brands visited campus. Wallets and purses that are originally marked for up to hundreds of dollars were sold for as little as a five-dollar bill.
This way, those who are interested in following the trend are able to look great, without spending their college tuition.
After speaking with the vendor, it was discovered that this business is very successful. He mentioned that he travels to a variety of colleges throughout Connecticut, in order to make a profit.
Stemming from a warehouse in New York City, these knockoff fashion items are sold in various locations to their easiest targets: women.
The items sold in classy stores for a hefty price tag are transferred to the sidewalk and sold for a lesser cost.
This idea reached clothing stores as well. Stores such as Marshall’s, Loehman’s, and T.J. Maxx sell expensive name brand clothing from major stores for a much-desired mark down price.
Styles are ever changing. It may be much more economical for someone to buy a fashion item of lesser quality, but with the same look.
During the sale replicas were flowing. While many were mainly interested in the style of the item, the name that came attached was a popular way to lure a sale.
The vendor said he had a surplus of nametags he could easily attach to any basic bag or wallet, in order to give an authentic look.
Except for a gifted bunch of buyers who are experts in the area of fashion, it is often difficult to decipher which articles are real and which are not. Therefore, the only people who will truly know are those that are saving their hard earned cash.
Considering that there is an overwhelming sense of pressure to fit in, this may be the most positive solution yet. Besides, when it comes to fashion, what is more important: where an item was manufactured, or how it looks?