Whether you’re looking for a travel set with matching handbag and three sizes of suitcase or a lightweight duffel, designer bags are the ultimate fashion accessory to make a style statement wherever you go. Prices vary from a hundred to thousands of dollars, so it’s vital to know how to avoid being ripped off and make the most of your designer bag purchase.
Real or fake? – Poorly designed fake designer bags have flooded the market. With poor quality knock-offs it’s easy to spot a fake by looking out for cheap leather, mismatched patterns and logos with spelling errors. However, fake designer bags are becoming big business and makers are increasingly turning out better and better quality, making it even more difficult to spot the real thing.
The best tips for spotting a fake are to first of all think about the price – if you’re paying $100 for a bag that normally costs $1000 you can be pretty sure it’s a fake. Take a look at the stitching – fake bags don’t have the same craftsmanship as the original. Look out extra stitching and detailing such as unique buckles and zippers which are more likely to be found on the real thing. Also do your research online – fake makers tend to add colors and styles not available in the original design.
Practicality – When you’re looking for a fashion statement, practicality isn’t one of the first words which springs to mind, however when it comes to luggage it can save you hours of frustration and regret later on. If it’s a tote, make sure it’s practical to carry around without causing back pain. If you’re buying designer luggage, check it’s sturdy enough to withstand airport security checks, is easy to carry through an airport or crowded train station and that pickpockets can’t easily reach inside.
In Fashion for a Season… or for Life? – A designer bag is a major purchase, so it’s important when shelling out your hard-earned cash to make sure you buy a piece that will last more than just a season and is a classic design. Soft leather never goes out of trend and ensures durability as well as the tendency of leather to get better with age. When picking a high fashion designer bag, ask yourself if you really like it, does it make you feel confident, or are you just buying it because you saw it on the latest pages of Vogue?