Nothing says refined, preppy, smart/casual-chic quite like Ralph Lauren's Polo clothing line, but the reflected glory of wearing the fashion label's mass-produced slacks, shirts and jumpers will soon begin to fade if somebody twigs you're sporting a fake. If you want to make sure you're buying the real McCoy, keep your eye out for telltale signs of replicas.
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Check the spelling on the label of the item of clothing you're thinking of buying. Any errors will be a pretty sure sign the product you're examining isn't genuine. Splashing out on an item featuring a label that reads "Ralph Luaren" won't be a good investment if you only want to be seen genuine designer clobber.
Consider the price of the Ralph Lauren clothing you're looking at. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Ralph Lauren considers itself a premium brand and prices its products accordingly. A brand new Ralph Lauren Polo shirt on sale for £20 will either be counterfeit or stolen.
Examine the stitching on the Ralph Lauren product you're interested in and take a look at the polo player and horse emblem. Loose stitching is a sign of poor craftsmanship that wouldn't make it through the fashion house's quality control. When it comes to the Ralph Lauren Polo player logo, check for attention to detail and intricacy of design. The logo should feel reasonably thick on authentic Polo clothing. Some fake emblems can feel thin and flimsy. If you have an item of Ralph Lauren clothing on you that you know is genuine, use this as a point of reference.
Be wary of traders who seem a little too keen to broadcast the fact that their Ralph Lauren Polo wares are 100 percent genuine. Online sellers and market traders who brag about the authenticity of the products they're selling should immediately set alarm bells ringing, especially if you've already spotted some giveaway indications that dodgy items are being sold.
Research the seller you're thinking of buying Polo clothing from. If you're shopping on an Internet auction site, check out the seller's feedback. If you're pursuing clothing in an independent retailer's store, use your smartphone to search for reviews of the trader. Avoid making a purchase if the seller has a reputation for selling ropy tat.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to be as sure as you can be that the Polo item you're buying is genuine, shop at the official Ralph Lauren website or go to a well-known department store.
- Return your item to the seller if you strongly suspect it's fake and ask for your money back.
- Report traders selling fake goods to Trading Standards. The trade in counterfeit clothing can help fund drug distribution and terrorism.
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