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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

Because some mugs are paying stupid amounts of money just to have the LV branding on their footwear?
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LV should be paying me $1000 bucks for their advertising.
TBH I can't stand the sight of the bloody brand...
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See also, Armani, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, D&G, etc.

If you're going to critique LV... please at least post pictures that aren't of really, really obviously fake merchandise. lol8[1].gif
post #32 of 38
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If you're going to critique LV... please at least post pictures that aren't of really, really obviously fake merchandise. lol8[1].gif


LV China Edition.

post #33 of 38
^ lol8[1].gif LV actually did some "China edition" bags a few years back... real ones!


Anyway, as usual on brand-related threads, there is a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation with very little balance. The situation is more complex and a few members have been good about noting that.

I feel pretty comfortable offering an opinion, having had more than a dozen bags and at least that many or more leather goods, several pairs of shoes, and a fair deal of their RTW clothing collection over the past ten years.

1) LV styling is actually much less garish in general than you'd think. The LV-smattered monogram stuff is advertised and purchased for "bling," but the RTW collections are actually quite subdued. Anybody who'd seen the full collections in stores would recognize this.

2) Quality is not BAD. LV uses "better" factories and licensees for its goods (though I believe for shoes, and certainly for bags, they own their own factory.) However, "better" does not mean "best." Better... well... is just that. BUT, even with "better," quality as such is not really the point; if the shoes were priced at $175, we'd say the quality was really quite good. HOWEVER, at their price the quality is very shoddy.

For example, most people who own Lexus autos enjoy them and are happy with them for the $50k price they paid. How would we feel about them if the same car was priced at $325k? That's essentially the situation with LV... a six-cylinder four door mid-range Lexus priced at $325k. Thus, it is fair for us to say quality of LV shoes is shoddy given this fact.

3) LV is worth it if you enjoy the styling. Some of their seasonal STYLES are gorgeous. You wouldn't want to wear them to work everyday, but for a special or non-go-to shoe, they can be great. I've enjoyed the sneakers, sandals, loafers, and dress shoes I've had. NONE of them were "regular" shoes that I'd wear each day, or a standard style like a brown derby or black oxford. Why anybody would choose LV for those I'd never understand...

SO, in short, approach LV or any other brand with a fair deal of practicality, and realize what you'll be getting if you buy their shoes. You won't get a superlatively constructed masterpiece, but you might get a fun pair of shoes for going out that make you happy. If that feeling is worth your $1000, then it's a good purchase. If not, then shop elsewhere.
post #34 of 38

Yes, they did.  Most brands going into China do offer China Editions/Sub-brands specifically to China similar to what they did to East Asia/Japan in the past few decades.

 

LV quality is good, and the price/quality ratio is similar to the fast retailing brands pre-discount.

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Yes, they did.  Most brands going into China do offer China Editions/Sub-brands specifically to China similar to what they did to East Asia/Japan in the past few decades.

That's exactly what they do. TBH I don't really want to be paying for some high-markup designer lux brand's advertising.
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That's exactly what they do. TBH I don't really want to be paying for some high-markup designer lux brand's advertising.


but are you willing to pay for fast retailing's brand advertising tho?

post #37 of 38
"Hey look....I'm wearing expensive hand made Louis Vuitton shoes and a Patek Philippe watch and you're not," It's about one's status and brand whoring.

High-end is out. Fake middle-ground stuff is in!

From: Yahoo News: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/even-counterfeiters-trading-down-days-102000658.html
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Faux luxury goods have been a scourge of high-end manufacturers for years. Consumers who want the look but not the price tag of designer names like Gucci or Louis Vuitton would fork over a fraction of the price and get an illegally made approximation of the real thing. But in this economy, the hottest names in fakes aren't European fashion houses. They're American-mall staples. A growing number of mass-market brands like the Gap and Victoria's Secret are being knocked off. The biggest reason behind this surge in lower-end fakes is that Americans are trading down, even when it comes to purchasing counterfeit clothes and accessories. "Even lower-priced brands feel like a stretch in this economy, and people are more likely to trade down to counterfeits," Susan Scafidi, academic director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University, told the Chicago Tribune recently.

Consumers are buying lower-end fakes because they're cheaper, but also because conspicuous consumption is out of fashion. Even affluent consumers are forgoing flashy hardware and prominent labels on the luxury goods they buy. There's just less shopper appetite for goods that scream, "I'm expensive!" -- whether they actually are or not.

Another reason counterfeiters are cranking out more mid-market goods is because the luxury brands have been using their considerable muscle to crack down on people that make and sell knockoffs. Labels like Chanel and Tory Burch have sued online outlets that peddle fake goods bearing their logos, the Tribune points out, and other pricey brands have entire teams devoted to antipiracy efforts. Authorities also might be more likely to overlook, say, a stack of jeans or T-shirts than a pile of tricked-out handbags.

Ironically, despite the lower price points, counterfeiters actually make more money from lower-end products because they sell so many more of them. Websites where counterfeiters can sell directly to the public give them the kind of sales volume a cramped storefront or street-corner card table could never match. In many cases, the sellers create websites that mimic the look of legitimate Web retailers, so some shoppers might think they're scoring a great deal -- not filling a counterfeit operation's coffers.
post #38 of 38
I mean although a lot of their patterns are a bit too much for me. My questions comes in when discussing their mens shoes mostly their sneakers. I can understand that their price/quality for the dress shoes may not be that of the some of the high-end and lesser advertised brands but what do you make of them selling their high tops for about 600 compared to oh lets say Lanvin or Rick owens which imo the quality is on par or less than. I mean the last pair of Lanvins I bought retailed at like 800 (didn't pay nearly that, but someone did), and they are raved about on here where as the LV is called overpriced garbage?

I am really curious because I do like LV and although I do agree that it is overpriced but, so is ALOT of other brands IMO.
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