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Friday, March 18, 2011

say it ain’t so



Say hello to my new baby! Sure it's not a real Mulberry Alexa, but it's practically the next best thing! And when you think about the £891 price difference, even better! I also saw a bag by Red Herring earlier on in the day for an extra £17, and now I'm so glad I waited because this is perfect! It was a little strange walking past the Mulberry section in Selfridges with it, but still!

As for where it's from, I found it in a little shop in town. The label says "M&E Paris" - I've tried Googling, and the best I came up with was this site but I don't think that's right! Basically if you have any of those kinds of stores that does clothes in the style of Topshop etc. you will probably be able to find one of these. If I was made of money I'd happily buy all of their stock and sell them on here but sadly I'm not! This link has store info if anyone wanted it, I think they had a store in Lakeside too but I'm not sure if it's still there. Plus you can get similar on eBay!

I'm actually writing an essay on commodity fetishism at the moment and I've decided to base it on fashion and a lot of it on the Mulberry Alexa. I'm planning on making a little questionnaire and asking you all to fill one out for me (if you'd like of course) but just for now, what are your views on 'replica' bags/clothes/shoes? Sensible or tacky? I might have to include these posts by Victoria and Lily in my research too! I think as long as it doesn't have a fake label, it's kind of okay..?

23 comment(s):

  1. ooh well done you! it's lovely! I think replica bags are great, even if I was a millionaire I can't imagine wasting money on the real thing if I can get a cheaper version that looks so similar elsewhere! xx

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  2. Ooh I genuinely thought this was a genuine alexa - it's larvly!

    As for views on copies- it's difficult not to sit on the fence really. I mean, where do you draw the line? Topshop copies high end designers, Primark copies Topshop, and then market stalls re-sell/copy primark. It's like a complex hierarchy really, and if I said it was bad [which was my first instinct] I'd only be a hypocrit for shopping in primark! x

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  3. I actually thought this was then genuine thing!
    Looks fabulous.
    Grats on your find ^^
    x

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  4. Love this bag i have a black one i got from ebay some time ago now they are so nice :]
    ohhh if only my bank would allow a real one hhaha xx

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  5. Such a pretty one! My housemate found one that looks so similar on the internet, e-bay i think actually. ill have to find out where hers says its from. :) xx

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  6. I agree with "as long as it doesn't have a fake label then it's okay", I think if it does that makes it a bit tacky? I also read somewhere that the material for fake louis V bags is quite often the same as the real ones, there's like an illegal trade in the material!! At the end of the day though everything in topshop, primark etc. is copied off a designer, far from original! (I also say this as someone who owns endless fake mulberry styles!)x

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  7. The bag is gorgeous! I LOVE it.

    I think so long as something isn't an exact replica and doesn't have a fake label in, why not. Lots of these "it" pieces become takcy/overdone so quickly, why not enjoy a cheaper version whilst it lasts and move on?

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  8. this is amazing, looks so much like the Alexa, damn I want one now x

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  9. thats the best copy of an Alexa bag ive seen, its beautiful! xx

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  10. love love the bag! And I don't mind replicas at all. I think they are sensible and really nice for people who can't afford the original. I agree though, as long as they don't have fake labels.

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  11. This is one of the most realistic Alexa-inspired bags I've seen yet! Next do great Alexa style bags, I've got one in tan that's very similar to yours but the leather looks a lot less 'sturdy' and structured.

    I think as long as you realize the difference between 'replica' and 'inspired', it's not tacky at all. Fashion is all about inspiration, which is why there are so many key trends on the runway that can be seen across designers. It's when the bag is manufactured as a cheap copy to look exactly the same is when things start to seem tacky (and illegal!) to me.

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  12. wow it looks quite real, ive seen so many around that are just bad quality and so fake looking but this one looks quite good. nice find emma :)

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  13. That bag is amazing! :) who cares if its not genuine- we don't all have that kind of money to spend

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    x

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  14. That is a VERY realistic copy of the Mulberry Alexa.. and you know what..it's beautiful! xx

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  15. I think the replica is really cute! The real one cost way too much anyways. It's hard to justify the cost for what's essentially a big piece of leather anyways.

    Your essay sounds super intelligent!

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  16. I think replica bags are the perfect way to be fashion and not spending so much for it.... knowing that it will be out on next season... so it's to think about it!

    great deal, i want so bad one of thi but cant find a great replica here in Brazil! I'll look for on ebay!

    and i'll help you with the questionnaire!!

    bye bye!

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  17. Love this bag :)
    I've been looking for a good copy for ages! But loads online are cheap looking so thank you for this :)
    www.clashingtime.blogspot.com <3

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  18. love this replica! the real mulberry would've cost a fortune, literally an arm and a leg!
    Krissy xoxo

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  19. Emma your a life saver! I've looked everywhere for a similar bag like the Mulberry and found the perfect one. Thank you! :)
    http://ohsopetite.blogspot.com

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  20. I have never bought one, but I see no real problem with fakes. I guess it's because I don't feel as much of the hype around designer handbags as most people do- you can get a good quality one which looks totally original from loads of high street shops!
    If people are looking for Alexas, though, I have found that typing in "celebrity style satchel" will bring up results ;)

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  21. I love that HQ store, I'm always having a little nosey in there whenever I'm in Romford.

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  22. Hi there! Love your blog-I'd definitely be interested in taking part in your questionairre!

    I'm a new follower, just found your blog through another one I follow!

    I'd love it if you could check out my blog too!

    www.creditcrunchchic.blogspot.com

    xoxo amie

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  23. I hope this doesn't count as hate/abuse, but I'm really not a fan of replica and fake items. The 'fakes' business is one of the most unfair and cruel in regards to the workers conditions and the environment. They're more likely to be made in sweatshops and/or use child labour, unlike something like the real Mulberry, which is made by workers who are paid fairly, and by a company which aims to at least make some progress to reducing their carbon footprint. I really do think it's a case of you get what you pay for, not just in regard to the quality of the garment, but also the effect on the planet.

    xx

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