Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Eye-opening counterfeit documentary

It's not an overstatement to say that buying a knock-off handbag connects you to world-wide organized crime.

"Illicit: The Dark Trade," a National Geographic documentary that debuted on PBS recently connected counterfeit fashion goods with human trafficking, phony pharmaceuticals, bootleg DVDs and a mind-boggling illegal workforce. It's an eye-opening doc, based on the work of Dr. Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Naim believes illicit trade will have the same (or greater) impact on society as terrorism.

My stance on knockoffs changed a few years ago. If I can't afford the real deal, then I don't need to carry it/wear it, period. After reading "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster" I confronted my brand snobbery, and put it in check.

What's your take on fakes?


  1. I completely agree with you. I decided I was just going to buy what I like from now on regardless of the brand. I refuse to be a label ho!

  2. Oh for Pete's sake, everything you buy nowadays is bad for the environment, bad for your health, bad for the economy, or you're assisting counterfeiters/drug smugglers/etc. with your purchase. I buy what I want, when I want. I'm soooo tired of people telling me what to buy and what not to buy!