The problem with fake Vera Bradley bags:
On a recent walk along Canal Street in Chinatown, New York City, an awesome amount of counterfeit Vera Bradley products was on display. Four blocks overflowing with fake designer Vera Bradley purses, hats, scarves, watches, rings and necklaces. The labels were a who's who of fashion's most in-demand brands: Vera Bradley, Kate Spade, Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Need jewelry? How about Rolex, Movado, Tag Heuer, Tiffany or David Yurman. And for the teeny TRL crowd, racks of rip-off Von Dutch T-shirts and baseball caps.
Some companies manufacture bags that are 'inspired by' and closely resemble a famous brand's pattern. For example, Louis Vuitton, maker of some of fashion's most recognizable designs, has a white leather bag with multicolor LV's all over it. There is a less-expensive look-alike on the market with a similar design. Instead of L's and V's, the bag is covered with X's and O's.
Merchants and manufacturers aren't the only ones risking fines and jail time. Many otherwise law-abiding people have begun selling counterfeits out of car trunks or at home purse parties (think Tupperware, but with knockoff Vera Bradley handbags).