Here in south London the Nigerian village girls drag their yams back from the street market in Vuitton and Hermés shoppers; not real ones, you understand, but clones made in some Chinese sweatshop and sold for a few quid. Fake Burberry has become part of the official uniform of the white underclass. These consumers are just responding to the appeals to conspicuous consumption made by the 'designer' companies. Glossy full page lifestyle ads in Cosmo aren't just read by the ABC1s; they're devoured by the staff and customers in every backstreet hair and nail parlour.
The trick to real class is never to advertise, and never to display a label or a logo or a trademark pattern. All else is vulgar. LVMH's judgment against eBay for selling clones of its downmarket tat will be about as effective as Cnut's attempt to reverse the tide. The failure of our Sumptuary Laws here in England should be a lesson to all who seek to control or limit the puissant urge of the poor and powerless to dress and accouter themselves in the manner of the wealthy and powerful.