|Picture of 2011 You Can't Fake Fashion Bag|
In New York City it's very easy to find counterfeits, sadly to say. Just today, I overheard two tourists about how they planned to go to Chinatown to "get a bag." It's cheaper and just as good as the real thing. However it's not the real thing and the feeling of buying a counterfeit is not the same as buying the real deal. It also takes away hard-earned money and work and effort designers go through just to make these.
While Coach, Prada, and Louis Vuitton (or LV) are big brands, they still are hurt by the peddlers on the street.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America have teamed up with eBay's Fashion Vault once again to bring shoppers and pro-activists together to promote the idea of support designers instead of counterfeiters. On Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 you can check out the bags or buy a blank canvas and design your own. This year will have four different styles: the duffle tote, the satchel tote, the gear tote, and the bucket tote.
One initiative they started was created generic canvas bags with the phrase "You Can't Fake Fashion." CFDA also asked several designers to created their own one-of-a-kind bag that is representing their brand. The designer bags ($200) tend to go rather quickly, but you can purchase regular totes ($45) to decorate or leave as is.
I wholly recommend purchasing and supporting CFDA's cause. Plus you always need a new bag. Check out my review on last year's tote.
My personal favorites this year are Betsey Johnson, Robert Gellar, The Row, and Tommy Hilfiger. You preview some of the designer totes, and the regular ones at SheFinds.