happened to find a great trench for $99 just as i was looking for a great trench, and had been looking at them for a lot more than that. found mine at uniqlo and knew right away that i was drawn to the basic cut and quirky sleeves. quirky sleeves that were very similar to the marni sleeves on the fall '06 runway (both looks pictures are marni items). now, i take comfort that they waited a full year to create inspired-by pieces at uniqlo. had it been the same season as the original marni design debut, i would have felt that i was buying a poor substitute. but the marnis are out of the stores, and the uniqlos are in. that's what i can tell myself. i was not looking for a high-end fix, i was looking for a trench. i found one.
when you buy low-end items, do you care/know if they are knock-offs?