Archive for October, 2018

SEARCHING FOR THE GENUINE ARTICLE

We live in a world where genuine is blighted by imitation, and everything authentic is challenged by a million knock-offs. Most things exclusive are threatened by back-of-the-truck alternatives – usually devaluing the original. Following countless trips to Egypt, Cyprus and Wembley markets, I approach luxury labels with a six-foot pole brandishing a sniffer dog. On my way back from Pakistan, I came across a flip-flop that was both Puma and Adidas – It was Pumidas! After coming to terms with the audacity of the manufacturer, I realised that it isn’t always as easy to fish out the phony from the authentic.

A friend once showed me her Louis Vuitton bag stood next to a fake version. At first glance, they both looked pretty much the same. Asked to look closer, I noticed that although both were worn, they had endured the pressures of everyday usage very differently. The genuine article was weathered in a comfortable manner, almost happy to be loyally used for so long, and most importantly, was withstanding of general wear and tear. Its imitation however, fraying at the edges and peeling polyester, had disintegrated in an altogether harsher manner. I have seen the same in everything from Chanel dresses to Tom Ford glasses.

They say looking for the perfect partner is like looking for the perfect bag. Okay, okay, I may be stretching this a tad. Plus, I don’t know even who ‘they’ are! Anyway, for the purpose of this article, please entertain my analogy. Still not convinced? We all want to find a partner who is genuine and of excellent quality – just like your favourite bag! Whether it is hold all, rucksack, or wallet, take a look below to see how similar their characteristics are:

Bag
– Durable and consistent
– Looks good (even without accessories or an outfit)
– Nice to touch
– Personality – must make a statement
– A Classic
– Strength to hold and look after your belongings both sentimental and practical

Partner
– Durable and consistent
– Looks good (even without accessories or an outfit)
– Nice to touch
– Personality – must make a statement
– A Classic
– Strength to hold and look after your belongings both sentimental and practical

The verdict is yours. Either way, it is important to search for characteristics that will last, not just a quick fix to keep up with the trends. The key to finding someone who is the genuine article is to look for trust-worthy, strong, and consistent qualities – just like separating the original luxury label from the imitations!So, as nobody wants to pay for top-notch quality and instead discover a counterfeit, don’t catch yourself running for the door after realising that full-bodied derriere is actually a well-worn pair of butt pads!