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American fashion designer and judge on the Bravo series Project Runway

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Michael Kors--You don't always get what you pay for

  • Aug 19, 2009
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I'm not a huge fashion aficionado, but I like nice things and often times the things I like happen to be designer product. When the opportunity arises, I will from time to time splurge on something I think is well made and absolutely stunning. In other words, I'm not someone who buys a product just because of a brand name. A while back I decided to spend around $300 on a Michael Kors wallet. I never thought that this wallet was "worth" that much, but it was honestly one of the only wallets that I found and liked because it had all of the key components that I was looking for. Looking the other way, I slid my credit card and never looked back. I was thrilled with my investment....for about a week. Within a week the "silver" plating on the front of the wallet began chipping which made it obvious that this was nothing more than scraps spray painted to look like Sterling Silver. I was outraged when I realized that he can't even spend probably 50 cents more to put a higher quality metal on the front of the wallet, which by the way has his name ironically engraved into it. Although I was upset, I decided that maybe it was a fluke and continued to appreciate Kors as a designer, but to a far less degree. One day I stumbled upon some of his shoes that I fell "in love" with. I bought them because they were greatly reduced so I thought I'd give him a second chance. I was wrong to do so. After wearing the shoes one night, I noticed that the inner lining was peeling off before my eyes and from then on it would be very difficult and slippery to walk in those shoes. It was then I began to suspect that beautiful designs and terrible craftsmanship were the norm for Mr. Kors, and haven't bought a single product of his since. 

In life you are taught to generally expect to "get what you pay for." This rule applies in most situations, and with designer product I expect quality because ESPECIALLY in times when a customer spends so much on a product that clearly is marked up far beyond its face value without the label, I would think said designers would use only the best methods and products to create their merchandise. Slapping 'Michael Kors' on a product should not make something valuable, and I would have liked to think that he stood behind his products more than he apparently does. I'm not naming myself blameless for buying the shoes, though. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. 

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August 19, 2009
Ooooh, that's unfortunate to hear.  And I was thinking about Kors ballet flats, too!  I'm a bit of a designer addict, but at the same time, I wouldn't shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for something that wouldn't last me for years.  The one brand that I'm always willing to spend on, though, is Louis Vuitton, now that's quality stuff right there, plus, I'm fortunate enough to live near a flagship store where I can get repairs done if a zipper breaks or I need anything else repaired.

By the way, word on Lunch is that Salvatore Ferragamo shoes are totally worth it.
August 19, 2009
Wow, I'm so sorry you had this experience but, thanks for sharing it with us. I'm like you, I'm not a big fashion aficionado but, if I buy a designer product, I would expect it to last longer than a week! Now, I know how long Michael Kors' products last and are made, I'm highly unlikely to buy any of his products from now on. Thanks for saving me time, money and frustration!
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Michael Kors (born August 9, 1959) is an American fashion designer. "Michael Kors" also refers to his brands of apparel and fragrances.

Kors was born Karl Anderson, Jr. in Merrick, New York, the son of Joan Hamburger Anderson Kors Krystosek, a former model. Kors's mother is Jewish and he had his Bar Mitzvah. Kors is openly gay.[4] Kors is a judge on the Emmy-nominated reality television program Project Runway, which currently airs on Bravo. He is also a contributor to Harper's Bazaar, most recently interviewing Elizabeth Taylor and Jessica Simpson for the magazine.

Kors began designing clothes at the age of 19 and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In 1981, Kors launched the Michael Kors womenswear line at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Building on his success, Kors was named the first ever women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for the French fashion house Celine in 1997. In his tenure at Celine, Kors turned the fashion house around with blockbuster accessories and a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line. Kors left Celine in October 2003 to concentrate on his own brand. Kors launched his menswear line in 2002.

In addition to the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines were launched in 2004. KORS is considered the mid-tier line, between the runway and MICHAEL collections. The MICHAEL line includes ...
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