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Bata Prive Allegedly Copied Designs Of Expensive Bags, But Is It Plagiarism?

Bata Prive Allegedly Copied Designs Of Expensive Bags, But Is It Plagiarism?

It’s known as the ‘trickle-down effect’ in the fashion world.

Adeline Leong

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A Twitter user recently praised Bata for stepping up its game by producing high-end handbags that looked on par with designer brands.

Bata Prive produced several bags similar to designs from brands such as Bottega Veneta, Longchamp, Michael Kors, Christy Ng, Rabeanco, Furla and Ferragamo.

The bags are not complete copies and differ slightly when it comes to their hardware accessories such as logos and clasps.

Despite this, the bags still look stylish and Bata’s affordable prices provide a way for the majority to keep up with fashion trends.

However, some netizens think it’s blatant plagiarism and said there’s nothing to be proud of for copying designs.

They also wondered why netizens criticise the local company Duck for copying designs from smaller brands but praise Bata for doing something similar.

It’s known as the ‘trickle-down effect’

A netizen Syakinah (@_nsyakinah), who has a background in fashion design, explained the difference between both scenarios.

A smaller brand copying designs from a larger brand is known as the ‘trickle-down effect.’

You might recall that Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly, explained how it all works.

Syakinah further explained that a larger brand getting copied by small brands does not lose the value of its products such as bags, even if the products were mass copied.

Also, the brands’ rich clientele will still patronize their stores and wares.

On the other hand, huge brands copying small designers directly take away opportunities and the visibility of small-time designers.

Long story short, the term ‘plagiarism’ can’t be simply thrown around because it requires many specifications.

As an example, another netizen pointed out that Bottega Veneta didn’t come up with the concept of a weave/ anyaman bag.

The company just popularised the ‘pattern’ and made it a trend. In fact, it just looks like our ketupat!


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