Friday, September 10, 2010
At the time, I didn't bother checking online sources on Cath Kidston authenticity. I was under the impression that there aren't Cath Kidston replicas in the market because not too many people know about Cath Kidston yet. I was wrong.
Doubts on my bag's authenticity began brewing when I saw my friend Mitch's bucket bag that came directly from the UK. The label in front of her bag did not look all crinkly like mine -
And then I stumbled upon these pictures from a shop in Rakuten. An authentic Cath Kidston bag would look like this -
It wouldn't have smudges on the print or threads that overlap -
As luck would have it, my "Cath Kidston" bag bore all of these marks. Ugh.
I still carry my bag ocassionally because I paid good money for it (PhP2,200 to be exact). I bought it off local ebay from a seller who said she bought it from a reseller in Hong Kong. I can't return it anymore because I've already used it before I discovered that it's a fake. In fairness to the seller, she actually refused to receive my payment until I saw the bag first. Maybe she was having doubts on the bag's authenticity herself. But like I said, at the time, I was so blinded by the thought of finally owning a Cath Kidston that I overlooked the bag's flaws.
So be careful you guys. I suggest just buying from the official Cath Kidston website or the local Accessory Lab in Rockwell.