DESIGNER bags come at a high price point, but fashion fans justify the cost by pointing to the quality of construction and high-end materials.
One ex-employee claims that during her time at Michael Kors, staff members weren't allowed to share what a signature design often assumed to be leather was really made from.
The former employee, who only uses her initials, ML, on social media, made the revelation in response to a TikTok prompt about employee secrets.
"I used to work for this well-known company called Michael Kors," ML recounted. "We weren't allowed to say one thing: their signature Michael Kors logo bags are fake."
In the comments, the ex-employee clarified what she meant by describing the bags as "fake": that they are "high-quality plastic, not leather."
On the Michael Kors website, the materials listed on Signature Logo items make no mention of leather: the bags are made from coated canvas, polyester, cotton, and polyurethane, according to the brand.
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Sharing an image of a Signature Logo Bag, ML pointed out the printed design, which featured the initials "MK" repeated over and over.
"If you see anything with that pattern, they're fake [leather]," ML said.
She also insisted that employees weren't allowed to mention the materials to customers in-store.
"We weren't allowed to say that," ML claimed. "You want them to think you're paying for a high-quality handbag, but it's high-quality plastic."
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The Sun reached out to Michael Kors for comment on store policies regarding the Signature Logo line.
In the comments section, some were shocked by the revelation, while others refuted the original poster's claim.
"We were DEFINITELY allowed to say it wasn’t leather," another ex-employee argued.
"It’s coated canvas. Just because it’s 'plastic' doesn’t mean it’s cheap," she added.
And some said the materials weren't the reason behind the price tag.
"You’re paying for the name obviously," wrote a viewer.
"I work at Ross. Makes sense why we always get these bags and belts," said one commenter.
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When commenters asked, the original poster confirmed that she no longer works at Michael Kors – and she tends to look for small local brands when she shops for purses now.
"I prefer my natural handmade leather bag," ML wrote.
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