Downtown Goes Downmarket
Downtown style is about identity, not merely geography -- and for the past season, the YSL Downtown tote has ensured that celebrities and like-minded fashion followers can carry their neighborhood aura wherever they go. Naturally, knockoffs haven't been far behind.
Sharp-eyed Counterfeit Chic reader Lara not only noticed The Bag Lady scolding the otherwise stylish Nordstrom for carrying a disreputable copy, but later saw the same copy at Burlington Coat Factory -- marked down to USD $7.99. Lara pronouced the knockoff "obviously fake and trashy," with a bottom that sags and distorts the shape of the bag.
And whether your goal is uptown elegant or downtown cool, a saggy bottom isn't part of the picture.
P.S. Love the design but not the price? Bag Borrow or Steal has a metallic pewter version that will take you wherever you want to go.