In the past few weeks an influx of Vivienne Westwood Anglomania counterfeits have appeared on auction site Ebay. It is well known that the site is awash with fake jewellery and handbags, even some clothes such as the classic t-shirts and jumpers, however this is the first time I have seen them trying to fake more high profile pieces. The majority are dresses but also jackets and coats have been spotted. These sales are very difficult to detect as being counterfeit from the listings, the sellers are really devious. I have no doubt that the people bidding on them believe they are the real deal, especially considering some of them are selling for hundreds of pounds. They clothes look like the real deal to the untrained eye, especially when you can’t see it in real life. I hate to see people being ripped off, especially as I champion ebay as a great place to pick up Westwood on a budget so I have made this guide in the hopes of helping. There a a few easy things you can look out for to detect the fakes, its a lengthy post with images so click for more:
Look out for:
The above photo is really useful, the image on the left was posted in an auction. Immediately I knew this was a fake as this dress has never appeared in an Anglomania collection. To try and convince people that it is genuine the seller has superimposed the fake dress over a real image from a Westwood look book which you can see on the right. If there is such an image in a listing you can find current season images on www.viviennewestwood.com and TookLookBook where you can compare. Also note the ‘Vivienne Westwood’ text in the fake images, again this is often printed on fake photos to try and trick you into thinking it is genuine.
Reading the description in the listing can also be very telling. Keep your eye out for anything which seems odd, the following quotes I have taken from ebay listings:
‘Brand new without tags – please note that the┬ádress is missing its content label.’
‘It does not have tags, as I bought it directly from the factory.’
‘The material appears somehow hard which is good because hides imperfections.’
Firstly, nobody buys direct from the factory, never! Secondly there should always be a content label on Anglomania, it should have full washing instructions and be produce by G.F.M Industria S.p.a, made in Italy. Thirdly, Vivienne Westwood clothes are expensive so why on earth would they be made from ‘hard’ materials? They wouldn’t. This is actually very important because Trading Standards (regulatory body in the UK) have issued reports that counterfeit clothes can be made from dangerous materials. They can be flammable, they can be made from illegal dyes which can cause severe allergic reactions, basically they can damage your health! Be sure to check the buttons too, all Anglomania buttons should be stamped ‘Anglomania’.
The majority of these recent fakes are coming from Bulgaria, if you check the item location details at the top of the listing this will tell you where the item is being shipped from. Also look out for strange shipping details in the listing. I have sent and bought from countries around the world and it never takes as long as these crazy quotes below:
‘The shipping usually takes 10-14 days for item to reach Europe and 14┬ádays to three weeks for item to reach USA,Canada and Australia. During the winter there might be some delays , if the weather conditions are really bad!’┬á -Bulgaria
‘I live in Uk but I am currently in my country Bulgaria and will send it from here with first class mail, signed for. Should arrive within 5-7 days.’ –London