In quest for designer look, U.S. women admit buying knockoffs

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Even if they can’t afford the real thing, many American women still strive for that designer look and have no problem buying knockoffs, or cheaper copies, according to a new survey released on Tuesday. Three-quarters of women questioned in the poll admitted that they had knowingly purchased a counterfeit designer fashion item, and many said they had as many as five fake dresses, handbags, wallets, jewelry or pairs of shoes. More than half bought knockoffs because they couldn’t afford the designer label, while 37 percent wanted to impress their friends or family. …