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Is Prada easily faked

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by YMark, May 21, 2005.

  1. YMark

    YMark Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for some slim fitting shirts and several posts on this forum mentioned Prada. I've been looking on Ebay and there are some Prada shirts where the prices look "too good to be true". I'm talking $30 - $50 "New with Tags".

    Is Prada easily faked? Just because a buyer has positive feedback doesn't mean the buyers know whether the shirts are authentic or not.

    Has anyone had any experience purchasing Prada products from Ebay?

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  2. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    Lots of fakes on ebay. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    Dan
     
  3. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    Yes - lots of fake Prada out there.

    My wife has a lovely fake purse by them picked up by her folks while visiting Hong Kong a few years back. They said you could get anything you wanted in Prada on the streets there.

    It goes great with the fake Rolex they brought me.
     
  4. Roger

    Roger Senior member

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    I think that amirrorcrackd's advice is generally very good: if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.  However, in the case of Prada shirts, there has been a new line more recently that is made in Romania.  I've been told (and this could be wrong) that these are authentic Prada shirts, although probably not up the quality of the Italian-made ones. Apparently Prada is waiting to see how well-accepted these products made in an Eastern European country are by traditional clothes buyers.  The ones on eBay tend almost all to be button-down shirts in a variety of colors, and they go for prices in the $30 to $50 range noted.  The sellers use the work "authentic" in their descriptions, and this key word is often (but probably not always) missing in the listings of the fakes.  If I liked the shirts (I'm not a fan of button-down collars, and don't need the bright colors), I would personally take a chance on one, just to check it out, but that's me, and is not meant to be a recommendation.  Good luck.
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    Is the Eastern European angle the same with Etro as well? Half a year ago all the boldly colored/striped/patterned Etros on ebay were around $100 and a little scarce, now there is a flood of them for about half the price. Knock-offs, a new secondary line, or just a fall from fashion?
     
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    Roger Senior member

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    I haven't heard that Etro has set up in Eastern European.  For what it's worth, I recently bought an Etro shirt from an eBay seller for somewhere around $60.  It appears to be authentic and has "made in Italy" on the label.
     
  7. Get Smart

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    for $30, i'd take the chance if i liked the way the shirt looks. my gf got what we're pretty sure is fake Prada (even tho the auction said it was authentic) sweater and skirt and it looks, fits & feels awesome. the price was good at about $70 and whether it's real or not, it turned out to be a great outfit.
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    "Made in Italy' does not mean what it used to. If any stage of the shirt's manufacture occurs in Italy then the tag is legal, even if nearly ever other part of the shirt was woven/cut/sewn/finished in some low-wage Eastern European joint.

    This has no necessary relation to the authenticity of the garment, of course.
     
  9. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The Prada stretch poplin (imo, the best out there) is tough to fake - I believe that the formulation is a proprietary, and I've never seen a decent fake. The seasonal 100% cottons are usually pretty distinctive too - but you need to touch them to feel the difference. They generally either have a very dry hand, or a very lustrioussoft hand (Jil Sander is the same way.) Hard to tell from a photograph, unless glaring errors in the labelling have been made, since there are so many Prada shirt models.
     
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    30 - 50 bucks new with tags? I would bet that's a fake, but I would contact the seller and ask. If he say that stuff is real but it isn't, you got something in your hand if you complain. It doesn't means it help, but better as nothing.
     
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    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Club Monoco before it was bought by POLO was filled with Fake Prada. It just had Club monoco labels.
     
  12. YMark

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    Looks like I'll probably shy away from Ebay for Prada. Anyone have any good recommendations for purchasing Prada shirts. I looked at Bluefly and didn't see any great bargains.

    I'm headed to Cabazon outlets next weekend. Maybe I can find something there.
     
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    My impression is that there now are an assload of fakes on eBay. Granted, Etro's construction in terms of shirts isn't itself anything to write home about (double needle stitching, plastic buttons), but I'd bet the usual rule of thumb- avoid bulk sellers of identical designer items- applies.
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    (mack11211 @ May 21 2005,11:27) Is the Eastern European angle the same with Etro as well? Â Half a year ago all the boldly colored/striped/patterned Etros on ebay were around $100 and a little scarce, now there is a flood of them for about half the price. Knock-offs, a new secondary line, or just a fall from fashion?
    My impression is that there now are an assload of fakes on eBay. Â Granted, Etro's construction in terms of shirts isn't itself anything to write home about (double needle stitching, plastic buttons), but I'd bet the usual rule of thumb- avoid bulk sellers of identical designer items- applies.
    Actually, all the Etro shirts I have (granted, they might be considered vintage now, I don't think I bought one after 1999 or 2000) have beautiful, Borrelli-thick, mother of pearl buttons embossed with "Etro" on them.
     
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    I guess they've just gotten lazy/cheap then. I admit that where I've lived the past year or so (NJ and TX), Etro has been very hard to come by, nigh-impossible outside of Saks and Neiman's, but the few selections of Etro shirts I've seen in person (only dated late 2003 and beyond) have all had cheap-feeling fabric and clearly plastic (thick and logo stamped, but still plastic) buttons. I like a lot of Etro designs, but man, $300 retail for something with construction quality on the same level of its Banana Republic clones is nuts.
     
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    The Etro shirt I got recently on eBay for around $60 is made of what seems to me to be very nice cotton (100%), and has thick, not-logo'd, and, I believe, MOP buttons. The stitching is very good, and, in general, I'm pleased with the shirt. Identical to what sells here for $300 Cdn.
     
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    FIHTies Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It appears to be authentic and has "made in Italy" on the label.
    "Made in Italy' does not mean what it used to. If any stage of the shirt's manufacture occurs in Italy then the tag is legal, even if nearly ever other part of the shirt was woven/cut/sewn/finished in some low-wage Eastern European joint. This has no necessary relation to the authenticity of the garment, of course.
    Actually... this used to be true. Italy, having an economy that is in crises and losing alot of business to the Eastern Europeans has cracked down on clothing manufacturors and not allowed Italian Finished articles to show made in Italy. You want it to say made in Italy, Make it in Italy. I Know this for a fact with the kids lines and I suspect it with the Adult lines as well as I received a whole shipment of Cacharel for Women last season all made in Roumania a,d poland etc. despite the company and design coming from France.
     
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    Prada Sport is universally faked on eBay, I'd say at least 90% of the items on there are counterfeit. Not sure about Prada mainline.

    I've bought a couple of Prada Sport items off eBay which are probably fake, but it's difficult to confirm. Even store employees have been unable to say one way or the other, just certain little details seem off (materials feel cheap, seams aren't as smooth as you'd expect, washing instruction labels fading after a few months etc).

    You'll probably get a good bargain on eBay but its unlikely to be genuine Prada, even if it will be practically indistinguishable from the real thing. It's up to you whether you find this personally acceptable.
     

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