Fake, real, or something in-between?

The first book in my upcoming corporate spy series, FAKE, is set in the world of counterfeit goods. As I learned, there is fake, there is real, and there is “technically” real.

Take these handbags, for instance. The girl working in the shop told me the owners are not Italian but they hire Italians to give the shop “authentic flavor.” And while they source their leather from a factory in Florence, they brought over workers from their country to live in Italy and make the bags.

So technically the bags are made in Italy (this is prominently embossed on the front of the bag). But not by Italians. And I could readily tell–the quality just wasn’t there.

Should you buy the bag? Your choice. But if you do, know you aren’t receiving the leatherwork for which Italians are famed.