The minute I laid eyes on the Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal bag, I knew I wanted it. It was everything I needed in a bag-- real leather, sturdy, and sparrow hardware. Like my perfect boots, this too was out of my range. I gnawed on the idea of saving up the ridiculous amount of $500 and dropping it on the bag that would carry my sad, empty wallet afterwards. Not deterred, I searched for an alternative. I scoured the Internet in search of a deal into the furthest reaches of the inter-web and then came upon this.
Is that even legal?
Marc Jacobs, Petal to the Metal Natasha: $428
The Knockoff: $175
I shifted uncomfortably in my seat as a scene from Sex and the City popped into my head with Carrie saying "Even if everyone else thought it was real, I'd always know my bag came from a cardboard box in a trunk deep in the valley."
"You know what? I don't think so."
I couldn't do it. Even though I was dying to. What really creeped me out was that these people in China selling these bags were ACTUALLY selling them as genuine, Marc Jacob bags. I can't fund a liar. It might have been different if they'd been honest about it, you know? Like, "Pssst... they're not real." And I would have given them a giant exaggerated wink and been like, "Dude, I know, it's $175 and it's being shipped from Asia".
So I went the honest route. At $180, originally, I logged onto Aldo.com and took advantage of a killer sale, along with a 10% off coupon I had and bought this piece of work.
They advertised preppie meets prairie, handcrafted, premium milled black leather for $100. A great, honest deal!
My gem arrived by UPS and I tore into the package, waiting for the scent of freshly tanned leather to waft into my nostrils and take me away on my cloud of great decision making.
The scent eluded me. I sniffed again, closer this time. I smelled plasticy chemicals. I turned the beautiful bag over in my hands, completely won over by the shape and weight, yet, something wasn't right. Upon further inspection, I hit the soft, leathery spot.
I'd been duped.
They'd sewn on a small strip of hide beneath the bag and then DARED to call it leather. Some sad, poor, unsuspecting soul like myself who had gone to the LEATHER BAG section of Aldo and purchased a "MADE WITH CARE luxurious premium milled leather" bag at a leather bag price.
Was this cosmic karma sent by the mere thought of betraying a millionaire designer?
I took the honest route and got fauxed by the Man.
Aldo, I expected more from you. Seriously.