What a sad day is was when I received my Kate Spade polka dot Jillian dress in the mail! It was COUNTERFEIT! Can you believe it? I couldn’t. It is awful that someone is copying Kate Spade dresses and selling them as authentic on eBay. To the untrained eye, the dress was not obviously a fake but with my “super Kate Spade vision” I could tell that there was something fishy going on. The finishes were not the usual French seams and fine stitching with silk thread. The cut of the Jillian dress is more of a boat neckline with a scoop in the back where the counterfeit dress was slightly scooped in the front and not as scooped in the back. The fabric was also thinner silk with a much lighter hand than the Kate Spade polka dot fabric on my other polka dot dress from the fall. Then to make things worse, being alerted to the fact that there might be counterfeits on eBay, I looked carefully at my Kate Spade sunshades dress from eBay and discovered that it too was a fake!!!! AHHHHH! Double disappointment! The colors of the sunglasses were different slightly from the original and the weight of the fabric was lighter. The neckline was also cut higher and the ruffle was shorter. I have worn this dress happily for a month not knowing that this dress was not the real thing. Now I wonder if I should remove the “offender” from my closet. It is still as cute as ever but knowing that it is a COUNTERFEIT dress does make me feel somewhat gloomy. The good news is that I contacted the fraud department at Kate Spade and they are investigating the issue and I was able to return the polka dot dress for a full refund! I went right over to my Houston Kate Spade outlet and took the money from the dress and purchased the Tutti-frutti esti skirt with the polka dots in pinks, reds and oranges. I wore it to church this morning proudly knowing that it was authentic and not a fake! It is also the cutest skirt and looks super with my hot pink Quinn handbag.
I am going to be much more cautious when ordering from eBay in the future. One of the problems with the sellers of counterfeit clothing is that they use the Kate Spade photos to advertise the clothing so you think you are getting what is pictured. They may show the other item but it looks very much like the original, especially in photos. The price is usually low and there are several for sale in different sizes. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Lesson learned the hard way!!!