Are knock-off fashion ‘dupes’ unethical? We ask an expert

Tansy Hoskins, author of a book on the impact of fast fashion, says the true cost of knock-off clothes is being paid by garment workers

Browse the makeup sections of Aldi, Lidl, Primark and many more, and it won’t be long before you come across “dupes”. Immensely popular with generation Z, these are near “duplicates” of luxury items created by budget brands. Copyright issues aside, how ethical are they? I spoke to Tansy Hoskins, whose books dissect the impact of fast fashion.

I’ll never forget being a teenager and discovering my Reeboks were actually knock-off “Reeborks”. The shame! Aren’t dupes fakes by another name?
I’d say dupes are a close relative of fakes but, crucially, they’re within the legal boundaries.

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