Fashion and Designer Clothing Authenticity

Fashion Designer Clothing Authenticity Reality

Most of us are not aware of what we support, if we buy a fake product. That goes for CDs, DVDs, cigarettes, designer perfumes as well as Designer clothing. Here are some figures and information that will make you think twice, before you every consider buying a counterfeit product again.

Funds from sales of counterfeits products are used to fund, amongst other things, child or forced labour, drug cartels, terrorism, weapon smuggling, human trafficking, wildlife trafficking and the trade of endangered species, money laundering and other criminal activities. Not one cent goes towards taxes to support the economy, let alone supporting fashion clothing authenticity values. The sales and distribution of Fashion knockoffs results in the loss of revenue, not only for the original companies, but also for the state, local government and no citizen benefits.

In 2010-2012 the South African Clothing and Textile workers union reported a loss of 14,400 jobs in the textile industry alone, due to fake Fashion garments been imported and sold in South Africa.

South Africa has become a dumping ground for counterfeit or knockoff products (e.g . clothing and various consumer goods). Most South Africans do not know about the importance of understanding and supporting fashion clothing authenticity. In 2012 and 2013, SARS reported 25 000 incidents at various ports, resulting in the seizure of R2.6 billion worth of fake consumer goods.

  • R37.8 million in illicit cigarettes
  • R155  million in counterfeit clothing
  • R671  million in fake CDs and DVDs

2nd Take values fashion clothing authenticity


2nd Take will do our best to ensure authenticity of our designer clothes and accessories. We are requesting purchase receipts, tags and care bags as well as performing verification checks on the items.

We ask for the original packaging, invoices or authenticity certificates. If those can’t be provided we will find out as much as possible about the item. Where was it purchased, how much was paid for it and how old is it.

We also carefully examine the items for obvious quality shortfalls and variances in the design. We look at the quality of the stitching, colouring, the logo, zipper, lining and serial number.

We don’t sell imitations and counterfeit products. We urge you to buy a good quality product and avoid fake items. If the brand new designer item is too expensive, you always have a choice to buy second-hand designer clothes from stores like 2nd Take.


Founded in 2010, 2nd Take, an exclusive, second-hand designer brand retailer, was established to provide individuals with a unique in store and online shopping experience offering branded designer fashion items at reduced prices. Many of  the stocked brands cannot be bought in other South African retail outlets. Make 2nd Take your first, and favourite, fashionable clothing store. 2nd Take now also stocks baby equipment, toys and books.


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