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How to Find Cheap Designer Clothes 2010-09-20 15:00:07

How to Find Designer Clothes For Really, Really Cheap

My friend really wanted a pair of crystal studded Christian Louboutin shoes that retail for over $3,000. She's a shoe fiend and budgets her money properly so she can splurge on the occasional pair of designer shoes. Unwilling to fork out thousands, she bought a pair of plain suede Louboutins for about $600 and painstakingly stuck Swarovski crystals on them. It took her two days, but the final product looked exactly like the ones in the store.

In the New York Times Bucks Blog today, reporter Jennifer Schultz is planning on doing something similar to get cheap designer clothing. She's taking her name-brand clothing with her to China and hiring Chinese tailors to make copies for her. Afraid of the legal implications, Schultz asked lawyers how copyright laws apply to consumers making their own imitations. Turns out that as long as you're not copying the item to sell or trade, you're safe, according to Susan Scafidi, an academic director at Fordham University's Fashion Law Institute.

I guess this all depends on how badly you want the designer goods. What do you think of this idea — genius or not worth the hassle?


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suzieleung suzieleung 6 years
Those shoes are HOT
prblms4loki prblms4loki 6 years
Well, if you have to go to China or Asia for any reason, definitely take the time out to get bespoke clothing or tailor things you already own. It's a much better money:quality ratio.
dleighl dleighl 6 years
If I could afford to go to China and hire tailors to make my clothes, I could probably afford to just buy them.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I diy designer imitations all the time. I recently did it with the alexander wang fringe stilettos, just by taking fringe from a fabric store and sewing buttons on, then wearing with my old burberry stilettos. I got compliments alllllll night and saved like $600!
prblms4loki prblms4loki 6 years
I went to China this summer and did exactly that. They had books of Nordstrom stock and I just picked my favorites and they were tailored and created for me. It was very reasonably priced even factoring the price for the fabric.
amber512 amber512 6 years
If you really want them, I guess it's worth it! Personally, I refuse to wear any single item that costs more than $50. To be honset, 90% of the time it's more than $20. I would be so worried about losing, breaking, staining, or otherwise harming something more expensive!
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