HK's Ladies' Market used to be jam-packed with replica bags, clothes, and the like, but they've really cracked down on that. So while you will still see MANY inspired items (usually unlabeled or locally labeled), there are considerably fewer merchants trying to pass off to-the-dot replicas. When it comes to my stance on that, I'm fine with inspired items. I myself make my own inspired pieces, but personally stay away from items that are being passed off as something else.
My first purchase was a one-size-fits-all shirt dress / tunic in the Burberry-inspired vein. I actually liked it so much, I picked up a navy / red version the next day.
One-size-fits-all is an interesting concept to me. The sleeves and torso are relatively full, but the shoulders are actually pretty close to my normal shirts. So I'm guessing the one-size is meant for smaller-framed Asians. What I loved about this was the versatility. You can wear it as shirt dress (although I feel like it's a little short for me), button up the sides for a bubble-esque hemmed tunic, or tuck it in as a shirt. Opening cost was $299 and I talked her down to $160 ($20 USD).
Here's the navy version. When I looked at this shirt at the market, I knew the quality wasn't great. There were loose threads everywhere, the stitching wasn't very sturdy (they used a long, basting stitch in many places), and the stitching was crooked in some areas. I weighed this all and still bought them because these flaws are fixable, I loved the versatility, and I knew recreating this (and finding this type of fabric) would be difficult.
My other purchases included a leopard scarf ($79 down to $39 - $5USD) and 2 cross body bags - 1 basket-weave ($350 down to $200 - $25USD) and 1 map ($399 down to $250 - $29USD. I love maps! see map skirt here). I didn't notice when I bought it, but one of my leopard spots was faded. :(
In all, I had fun bargaining and haggling my way to a lower price. If you go shopping there, start haggling at around 50% of the list price AND be sure to very carefully inspect each piece for defects!
Where do you stand on haggling? Love it or leave it?