6 hours ago
There’s a story behind this Bulgari Serpenti “dupe” that triggered me to write the blog post that I just published today:
My stomach dropped when I opened the box and discovered this bag had a poorly-attached metal “BULGARI” logo on the back, and the metal eyelets were also adorned with the brand’s name. I bought a dupe, and was given a fake. Even though I complained and they sent me an unbranded replacement, I wasn’t able to ignore my gut.
I’ve always been vehemently against encouraging people to buy fake designer items, but the more I thought about this incident who’s to say that the same places who manufacture dupes aren’t the same warehouses that produce counterfeits?
Buying fakes might seem like a victimless crime, but I’ve spent months and months researching this topic only to discover that the counterfeit industry uses human trafficking to fund organized crime that’s thinly-veiled as beautiful bags with unbelievably low price tags. I understand this is a controversial topic and may definitely be uncomfortable for some people to read, but this is definitely something that we need to discuss. We need to get better at knowing where our dollars are going. I need to do better at setting an example that pushes for positive change. That’s why I hit “publish” today instead of sweeping this under the rug. I hope you’ll read this - link in bio and stories. ❤️