I have bought a couple of items from 2 of the many sellers of what are supposed to be original Stone Island clothes, however neither of them were the real thing and I blame myself for thinking I was getting a bargain. I would just say that original Stone Island clothes have a number of items that are attached to them to stop copies from being sold. The only problem is that you see a photo and these safe guards can't be seen.
They have a hologram on the label on the neck of the item, this is circular clear plastic and usually is positioned on the centre of the larger label. The larger label always has a serial number on it in the bottom right, alot of the fakes the stitching is pretty shabby and most dont even have the hologram on and if they say it does ask for a close up picture of it, if they send one and it does have the hologram on it and your still not sure just look at the quality of the stitching and label as a whole, if your still not sure take down the serial number and contact the Stone Island web site and ask them. "I'm sure they would be interested to know which items of their clothes are being ripped of".
The label inside the item is of a plastic cotton material (or rubberised)and their usually two labels one with the washing instructions and the other with the brand name on.
They don't come in plastic bags, in fact just about any item of designer clothing that comes in a plastic bag with the designers details on the outer is a pretty clear sign that the goods arn't genuine.
Also if it seems too good to be true then it probably is, it can cost nearly £200 for just a jumper so when there's an unlimited supply of different items in different sizes not going for anymore than £30 then more times then not will they be copies. Don't get me wrong outlets will buy batches of out of season clothes and they can be bought at a good price's, I admit that I have seen items going pretty cheap at some out of town outlets but these tend to be out of season, but if you look in the right place you can find a bargin.
At the end of the day it's down to you. But to the people who buy the original stuff it doesn't p us of, it just gives us something to laugh at, cos we all know there's nothing funnier then some chav thinking he's something special cos he's got a label on that was made in some illegal sweatshop, and sold as a knock off, and they've fallen for it.
But on a more serious note you the buyer are just wasting your money because nine times out of ten, they lose their shape and look absolutly horrible and arn't in any condition to wear again, so you may as well just send me the money I'll buy something dead cheap slap a badge on it and let you where it once, cos thats all you'll be doing, and I promise the money won't go towards drugs/weapons or peoples badluck or Hardship. But on my studies in trying to better myself at College, to earn a living honestly creatively and in a manner that is positive towards society.
So all the best in 2007 make sure you have a good one, and don't let them have you over. If it make you feel good just cos you've got a badge on your shoulder that represents quality and craftmanship, at least get the real thing you won't be disapointed, you'll probably get more respect you'll feel more confident. So don't be that idiot. "I know your not" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!