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And how about Labatt Blue
3 L is ok, if you intend to bring more of the stuff with you, you ought to contact the customs authorities. While customs duties in Switzerland are paid on the gross weight, they in case of beer are practically irrelevant, and the VAT is based on the value which again in case of beer is rather low. If you for an event in CH are to bring around some 24 bottles of this beer, be sure that you have the receipts with you and on arrival approach those chaps and ladies in the "Red" Channel and show them your stuff. Most of the time you will lose will be chatting and joking ! And the expense will be below CHF 25 anyway
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I bought a lovely jacket a couple of years ago. I was cold, hadn't brought a jumper with me, so I popped into a second hand shop and bought the first jacket that fit properly. It cost me 40 CHF. This particular one fit very nicely indeed (I'm fat with relatively short arms, being so much more evolved than most people), so I started wearing it almost every day.

I think I'd owned it a month before I thought to look what make it was. Upon inspecting the inside pocket, I discovered it was made by some chap called 'Hugo Boss'. I've been led to believe he is a designer of some note.

Does this mean I'm gay?

I do hope not, as my wife would be terribly disappointed.
It simply means that the designer or/and company owner is a chap named Hugo Boss. Whether he is gay is not your business but his one only
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Old 10.03.2011, 01:16
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No not gay. But Hugo Boss did manufacture the uniforms for the Nazi Schutz-Staffel (SS). I know a number of jews who refuse that brand because of that reason. Peta boycotts certain brands because of their use of animal parts. And Natalie Portman recently said she would not have anything to do with John Galliano for his recent Hitler tirade.
Quite many of the German entertainers of the 1950ies, 60ies and even 70ies had been in the service of the Nazis. It generally was forgiven by the public, as practically none of them had become guilty of anything real. And a textiles producer inside Nazi Germany had to try to commercially survive. To produce garments for the SS was an option. Commercially even a good option. To refuse such an order was no option, none at all .
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Old 10.03.2011, 01:21
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The entire foundation of your argument that it is "ironic" to see straight men wearing the Dolce and Gabanna label is that the label represents Mr Dolce and Mr Gabanna's (non-existent) gay marriage.

I propose, on the other hand, that the Dolce and Gabanna label represents nothing more than a working relationship, in the same way that other companies use the names of the principle founders (Marks and Spencers, Ben and Jerry's and so on) and that the fact that they also happen to have been partners in a homosexual relationship is utterly irrelevant.

... except to those of a homophobic bent, obviously, for whom such things really do matter.
Many Italians and people of Italian origin by wearing D&G things simply want to demonstrate their Italianita ! --- nothing to do with gayness
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Anyway this is not it, today i received a post from the lawyer of Louis Vuitton asking me to pay a fine of 200 CHF, or LV will SUE ME!!!!
Are yhou kidding me?
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It simply means that the designer or/and company owner is a chap named Hugo Boss. Whether he is gay is not your business but his one only
Yes. I know that.

Now could you do us all a favour and tell Phos that?
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Okay, I totally get it. Some of you have invested considerable money on things with the D&G logo. That is totally fine, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not putting you or your stuff down. I just made the observation that it is ironic when the giant D&G logo is found on some people.

Keep your stuff, and no, I am not judging you, and no, I am not gay nor homophobic.


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I am one of those fashion victims who pays a ridiculous amount of money on AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton, so I can't resist but throw in my two cents. I don't buy them to impress other people, or to show off that I am daft enough/well off enough to chuck a bunch of money on a bag with LV on it, I buy them for ME. I like the quality, the timeless style and as an investment. LV is one of the only brands I know of which has an incredibly high resale value...but that is another thread altogether.

Getting back to the OP: I think you have learned your lesson, not your fault you were given a fake, but I think it is a bit strange that you, as an admirer and owner of the real thing would even WANT to carry fake. I find fakes really tacky, but that is my opinion. If someone feels good carrying a fake, I don't approve, but it's their money, they can spend it as they like. I am just of the opinion (and that goes for all bags, clothes, etc) that if you can't afford the real deal or aren't willing to shell out the dough, then don't bother. It's just tacky.
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I am one of those fashion victims who pays a ridiculous amount of money on AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton, so I can't resist but throw in my two cents. I don't buy them to impress other people, or to show off that I am daft enough/well off enough to chuck a bunch of money on a bag with LV on it, I buy them for ME. I like the quality, the timeless style and as an investment. LV is one of the only brands I know of which has an incredibly high resale value...but that is another thread altogether.

Getting back to the OP: I think you have learned your lesson, not your fault you were given a fake, but I think it is a bit strange that you, as an admirer and owner of the real thing would even WANT to carry fake. I find fakes really tacky, but that is my opinion. If someone feels good carrying a fake, I don't approve, but it's their money, they can spend it as they like. I am just of the opinion (and that goes for all bags, clothes, etc) that if you can't afford the real deal or aren't willing to shell out the dough, then don't bother. It's just tacky.
As much as I agree with you for the first part, I find the second part being pretentious and high horse attitude. YOU have the money to afford the real thing, some don't. It doesn't make them less attracted to it, less loving it because they don't have the money for it. By snobbing their lack of choice and opportunity, it isn't fair to them.

I have no problem with someone buying fake. If this is what they can afford, let them have a little bit of their dream. As long as they are aware of the consequences, it is their business, who are you to judge them for it?
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I am one of those fashion victims who pays a ridiculous amount of money on AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton, so I can't resist but throw in my two cents. I don't buy them to impress other people, or to show off that I am daft enough/well off enough to chuck a bunch of money on a bag with LV on it, I buy them for ME. I like the quality, the timeless style and as an investment. LV is one of the only brands I know of which has an incredibly high resale value...but that is another thread altogether.
So you don't buy it for fashion, but for the quality? I'm the same way with Bally shoes. I like them for the comfort and quality, but am sometimes shy about the branding that is sometimes visible in the designs. But I would NEVER want to buy a T-shirt with Bally branding on it.
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High horse??

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Nil: I think you'll find that I said it is my opinion. Who are you to judge MY opinion? At the end of the day, who cares what I think

Also, who said I have the money to buy LV? I just prioritise. Instead of buying a bunch of no-name or low end bags (nothing wrong with that if that's what floats your boat), I have a few key LV pieces, which I save up for. Works out to about the same in the long run.

I think fakes are tacky. I didn't say anything about the people who buy them
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Nil: I think you'll find that I said it is my opinion. Who are you to judge MY opinion? At the end of the day, who cares what I think
Oh, wait a second... you mean you are allowed to have an opinion others may not share?

Take note you reactionary ninnies!
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I think fakes are tacky. I didn't say anything about the people who buy them
What is a fake for you?

Take Louis Vuitton for example. There must be lots of bags made by him, a hundred at least. All the hookers on Langstrasse have one. Now to be honest, I don't think he made them all himself. Some were made by other people. So maybe your Louis Vuitton bag was actually sewed by a guy called Chang Hu Cho. Chang is a genius with the sewing machine. You should watch him work. Such skill, and that for a 9 nine-year old. So why doesn't it have a Chang Hu Cho label? He was probably payed 1 dollar to make that bad but Louis Vuitton pockets 499 dollars and puts his name on it. Is that a fake? Isn't it better to buy a bag that another guy made, call him Feng Hau Ching. He also got a dollar for making it but I can buy it for 2 dollars. Out of admiration for his favourite designer, Feng has put Louis's name on the bag. I would have preferred if he's put MUFC on the bag, or my name or his own, but you have to respect the artist and his choices. Which is the biggest fake of the two?
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Oh, wait a second... you mean you are allowed to have an opinion others may not share?
There is a difference between having an opinion and being judgmental and prejudicial. Which you flat out cross every single chance you can as Nil pointed out.
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I am one of those fashion victims who pays a ridiculous amount of money on AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton, so I can't resist but throw in my two cents. I don't buy them to impress other people, or to show off that I am daft enough/well off enough to chuck a bunch of money on a bag with LV on it, I buy them for ME. I like the quality, the timeless style and as an investment. LV is one of the only brands I know of which has an incredibly high resale value...but that is another thread altogether.
AMEN.

Alot of people have the misperception that buying branded goods conveys insecurity, flashing their money. No - there is a reason why these designers dare price their bag that high. They last and some, appreciate in value just like your Panerai, IWCs and Rolexs. I find it incredibly short sighted when people cant see beyond the "brand" and really look closely at the high quality and beautiful stitching.

My more expensive bags have withstood the test of time despite some heavy duty usage compared to the normal high street ones which dont last for more than 2-3 years. The lining starts to tear, PVC (yuck) peels off...you name it. In fact, I have a LV carry-on for flights and it has outlasted 2 suitacases, their brand is supposed to be synonamous with durability. Not so durable now eh!
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There is a difference between having an opinion and being judgmental and prejudicial. Which you flat out cross every single chance you can as Nil pointed out.
Oh, that is in your own minds, not mine.



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So maybe your Louis Vuitton bag was actually sewed by a guy called Chang Hu Cho. Chang is a genius with the sewing machine. You should watch him work. Such skill, and that for a 9 nine-year old. So why doesn't it have a Chang Hu Cho label?
Chand Hu Cho obviously works according to the standards of quality and specifications dictated to him by LV, as well as materials provided by LV, on machines paid for by LV.

If he is able to do this on his own without LV, he really ought to.
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My more expensive bags have withstood the test of time despite some heavy duty usage compared to the normal high street ones which dont last for more than 2-3 years. The lining starts to tear, PVC (yuck) peels off...you name it.
Well obviously it is better at surviving customs, as the OT has illustrated. That alone is a good selling argument.
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I am one of those fashion victims who pays a ridiculous amount of money on AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton, so I can't resist but throw in my two cents. I don't buy them to impress other people, or to show off that I am daft enough/well off enough to chuck a bunch of money on a bag with LV on it, I buy them for ME.

..... if you can't afford the real deal or aren't willing to shell out the dough, then don't bother. It's just tacky.
L.V. real or fake? Who cares? Both look tacky and convey an image of a bit of money but no class.

Of course others have a different opinion...
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L.V. real or fake? Who cares? Both look tacky and convey an image of a bit of money but no class.

Of course others have a different opinion...
Anyway, I don't want something that everybody else have too.... Nor that I want to pay for doing someone's advertisement...

This is also why I stopped buying magazines. I buy publicity already paid by someone, so that I can have a look at them... in exchange of my money....
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