These days, businesses have perfected the art of portraying a clothing/accessories brand as a luxury offering. This art has been perfected so much, there is solid marketing theory dedicated to how a brand can position itself as luxury. It makes buying clothing (especially when thrifting) a potentially tricky experience even for a discerning eye, but there are some key pointers that you can follow in order to discover whether an item with luxury looking tags is in fact a luxury item.
mani Exchange (A|X) and Emporio Armani are - in my experience - the two most commonly found Armani product lines in thrift/vintage stores and from 3rd party sellers on sites such as eBay. As with any desirable luxury brand, there are bound to be counterfeits; here are some telltale signs to look for when trying to ascertain whether your possible purchase is the real deal.
Polo Ralph Lauren is an iconic brand that has enjoyed popularity for decades. As such, with the success of any clothing brand a legion of counterfeit garments pop up posing as the real thing; and for the bargain hunter looking to pick up a good deal on Polo merchandise the sea of clothing is rife with fakes. So, how do you know whether your next prospective buy is the real deal?