Geez, well isn't buying a knockoff kind of lying to the world about who you are and what you can afford? OK, well I am an over-sharer so I will be honest about just about anything. So maybe I am not the person to present themselves as representative of social norms in this area. You know what I mean?
But I will say this: working for a company whose products are pirated, I can tell you that I see it as stealing. I don't care if it's software or music or a Louis Vuitton bag that has stitching that is about to unravel and leather that is just a little bit too shiny. So are the results of this research any surprise to me? Nah, not so much.
I'm not a fan of fashion with obvious labels. I think good design and quality speak for themselves. I have been all over the economic spectrum, well, within a specific range (that means I didn't have sh*t when I started out). But, as you know, I am a huge fan of Chloe and Valentino handbags.
The way I have always looked at fashion and finances is that I would rather have one good thing that I love than a ton of things that I am just meh about. I buy the best whatever that I can afford; like the best *real* whatever. If it's trendy, I go cheaper (so I don't feel bad getting rid of it the next season), but never, ever fake.
Anyway, this isn't about the dynamics of my closet. It's about what the knockoff landscape turns you into. Or really, if you were already flexible with the lying/cheating thing, you may be more drawn to the knock-offs. I'm not saying that everyone that goes for the fake stuff is a bad person. Some of them might actually be a little misinformed as well.
(And if I know you and you buy this knock off stuff, please do not tell me. But consider that I may already know because seriously? That bag? And those sun glasses? You aren't fooling anybody)