Hello and thanks for stopping by. I believe there was a mini rollout at the Kate Spade Outlets around the 3rd week of January. There was a larger rollout a couple weeks later. Here are a good number of the items that I saw around Valentine’s Day.
I’ve been taking pics like these at the outlets for awhile, but the last two times I’ve been approached by staff about it. Apparently, there are knock-off pop- up shops selling counterfeit goods items overseas. Some are kiosks, some are full stores, like this fake Apple store. The first time a staff member approached me, she didn’t make me feel bad in any way. She asked me to take pics of individual items and as we continued our conversation I learned about the fake stores. I got the impression this has happened with Kate Spade goods, with the counterfeiters going so far as to recreate the store displays that are current. Which is why I was asked to only take photos of individual items. No problem.
When I recently visited, a staff member on me right away, telling me to take individual pics. Again, not a problem. She interjected a couple minutes later, telling me no pics of the tags. I was irritated about that because I like sharing specific information about the style number and price in case you want to call a store to order. There’s nothing like trying to describe a purse you saw here or somewhere on Instagram. Unless the bag is kitschy, the SAs don’t do well with over the phone descriptions. They’re impressively more knowledgeable about product names, based on my experience
At any rate, I complied, of course. Overall, my visit was a negative experience because I felt like she was watching me from other parts of the store. I sat down at one point to give Mini G fruit snacks and whose gaze do I meet peering over to see what I’m doing? I wasn’t going to let myself feel bullied, so I took my time and continued to take pictures. It wasn’t nearly as fun as it usually is. Usually I take 5-6 pics of me holding a bag to give you an idea of scale. I wasn’t in the mood to buy anything except for the triangle Paris bag, which was of personal interest to me. I bought it and the only reason I did was because my favorite salesperson happened to come in. She saw me and was friendly and lovely, as she usually is.
I ended up calling the store on my way home because I noticed my salesperson wasn’t credited. Which has happened before. I forget to check my receipt for the salesperson’s name before walking away from the counter and one of the other times she didn’t credit, it was for a $300 coat. Even though this purchase was small, I felt compelled to call in. The person I reached to discuss the salesperson credit issue was a manager, so I also disussed how I was treated about taking photos. Turns out she’s the one that had discussed it with me previously and diplomatically before. She handled the telephone conversation in an excellent manner. In the conversation I told her that I don’t really need another Kate Spade handbag and feeling can be a factor in why I buy something. I’m sure I’m not the ideal customer. They want someone who wants & needs a new handbag or bracelet without thinking about it, right? But I think many of us have reached a shopping saturation point. We don’t really need another pair of pants/top/sweater/handbag and it becomes easier and easier to just walk away when you feel treated less than.
Who thinks up these scams anyway? I certainly don’t and have no inside track to any of it. It amazes me the things that crooks are able to come up with and pull off.
I like these on the retail side
* Becky sandals ($228) – A slide with a bow. Three color choices.
* Break the Ice cooler bag ($50) – The one, lone reviewer is disappointed that it’s lined in pvc. What did she think the bag was designed for?
* New York Times canvas tote ($25)
* Stripe Rumsey watch ($125) – I ordered one KS watch. It was pretty, but tiny! I’ll be looking for this one in-store to see how big the dial is. Super cute.