I don't like knockoffs because I feel that buying them is illegal. But I don't really buy 'the real thing' because usually they are expensive so I just resort buying cheaper alternatives in other brands. :)
same here, local products are also a better and much cheaper version not to mention really looks exquisite and expensive, plus there are also limited items so you would be bugged that one day you'll stumble upon someone wearing the same garment on the street
I'm definitely all for the real thing- it's the feeling you have when it's real... it's worth it, the quality, just everything. I won't buy knock-offs. And not that I'm mega rich with the wardrobe totally designer, of course not, but I would rather buy from the High Street than buy a knock-off just because it's a rip-off of a designer name.
I would never buy a knock-off- and I don't mean that in a snobby way. They're produced overseas in factories with horrible working conditions. I'd feel terrible buying something that from someone who makes 17 cents per item and works 12+ hours a day. There was a really eye-opening article in Harper's Bazaar a few years ago on the subject. I'm not a "designer all the way" person either. It matters to me where my clothes come from so if a designer has his or her clothes produced in similar conditions, I wouldn't buy them either. I don't want my passion to be another person's daily nightmare. It doesn't feel right.
I prefer the real thing, but like most frugal fashionistas I have to shop within my means. The only knock-off I would even consider is a handbag. I would rather go w/out until I can afford the real thing.