JIMMY CHOO OR JIMMY SHOE:FAKE BOUTIQUES IN NIGERIA
By Niyi Tabiti
Some years ago, I was very excited after buying a designer Shirt from someone. Just because i believed so much in the authenticity of whatever i buy from the person, i believed that i would certainly rock town with my expensive designer shirt.
But not long after, i was with friends somewhere in Oregun when someone called my attention to an obvious error on the name of my label which was boldly written on it. I thought i bought a DKNY shirt, but at a closer look i found out that i just bought a complete immitation- they wrote ‘DKNNY’- One particular loud mouth said ‘Niyi, which one is DKNNY again? What i know is Donna Karan New York (The abbreviation for the design)”
Others laughed but thank GOD i had someone to bail me out, at least for that moment. This my ibo who i like to call chief said “Niyi, it could be that the the remaining N means ‘Northern’.Everyone laughed again because no one have has heared anything like ‘Donna Karan Northern New York’- It was then i realised that some so called big boutiques are exploiting Nigerians by injecting a few fake products into their shops!But why?
Just some few minutes ago, i ‘strolled’ into Toun Ajiboye’s blog courtesy onobello and i read some few punchy lines. She asked a question “Why buy a fake louboutin for as high as 70,000 Naira when you can save up to buy an original christian louboutin for 1500$. Don’t you think it’s lame to invest so much in a shoe that isn’t even close to an original?”
The fact is i bought my own DKNNY from a supposedly reliable retailer at the correct price, yet i got an immitation. Isnt it time that people speak out about those who sell this fake stuff in high brow areas of Lagos.
Well in Nigeria, anything goes. After all my friend has a designer bag with Jimmy Shoe boldly written on it instead of Jimmy Choo.lol
Someone said dont blame the chics,blame chinese people who are helping them with the immitations.