A few days ago I was walking around with my ETD Everyday Tote when I thought, "Hey, you know as much as I LOVE this bag, my RL purse is never empty. I need a bag with stuff in it that fits my body as well as this one does." So after asking around, I turned to Search and typed in "shoulder bag."
One of the first places that popped up was a store called The Bag Lady. The description proclaimed this:
BAGS OF STYLE...try before you buy with SL'S only demos of womens ladies handbags hand bags n handbag hand bag briefcase satchel vivienne westwood alexander mcqueen fendi gucci louis vuitton speedy hermes birkin coco chanel n lots more high prim bags +
Immediately, red lights and sirens started going off. Any time a "designer" starts throwing around real world names, you just know it's not going to be good. So I threw on my shoes and headed on over to the store. It was pretty much what I thought it would be.
The last time I noticed, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood did not have outlets in SL.
I looked around for a bit, and then decided to send a note to the store owner, Holly Somerset.
[2009/02/04 17:53] Alicia Chenaux: Hi Holly, I recently stopped by your store and I had a question. Were you able to get the permission from the original designers to use their logos and designs for your store?
Did I get a reply? Nope. Not that I really expected one. What was she supposed to say? "Oh, uh...yeah, I totally talked to the people at Chanel and they said it was cool."
Do I expect anything to happen here? Nah, not really. I mean, it would be nice if someone who is so blatantly using real world designs and logos would be shut down. The purses she had actually displayed were of poor quality and it's doubtful that she truly makes much money off of it, but it still doesn't sit well with me.
And that's my purse story for the day.