This is the moment most of you have been waiting for, I had receive many request recently to unfold a story of the famous Givenchy Rottweiler T-Shirt authenticity check, designed by Riccardo Tisci for Fall Winter 2011 collection.
Source: Vogue.it, Riccardo Tisci himself wearing the Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt during Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 menswear fashion week.
Recently a friend of mine, Don, told me that he really wanted the Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt, Don is just like many of us but he wasn’t willing to pay premium price and even if he wanted it is currently impossible to purchase an authentic new piece today. This t-shirt has stopped production for more than a year ago and it is immensely popular as you all know that many celebrities have enjoyed wearing it. The Givenchy Rottweiler Head t-shirt used to be the most hyped t-shirt in 2011 until today the hype has yet to settle on the laggards consumers. The Rottweiler print has made Givenchy a wealthy house since Fall Winter 2011 sales, currently in 2012 Givenchy has four seasonal collections in menswear compared to last year, there was only two seasons.
I was really lucky to get hold of one in late 2011. At first I was very hesitant of the fierce print, I thought it was not suitable for my lifestyle since I used to play preppy looks between 2010 and 2011. But after seeing a friend of mine being photographed at a club next to a guy who wore it, it suddenly changed my mind and I was convinced that it was a must have despite a price of A$275 for a t-shirt. Never have I paid so much for a printed t-shirt in my life back then.
Looking back at what I had did, I felt I made the right decision to take up probably the last size M – regular fit Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt from a local luxury men’s departmental store, Harrolds. During the near end of 2011, eBay was flooded with authentic Rottweiler t-shirts catching a resell value between $350-550. These days what I can see is a bunch of imitation Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt floating everywhere in eBay on auction, and people fall for it despite the misrepresentation that it is an imitation copy.
SSENSE – Givenchy Rottweiler Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt. Short sleeve crewneck t-shirt in black. Rottweiler print at front. Ribbed neckline. Tone on tone stitching. 100% cotton. Machine wash cold. Made in Portugal.
Anyways, Givenchy no longer produces this version of Rottweiler print; the last batch I saw was a pre-order at Barneys during 30th of September 2011. My opinion to buyers who are really interested on this t-shirt is to move on with newer and future Givenchy print collections, there is no point risking paying $100-300 for the eBay Givenchy Rottweiler Fake T-shirt. This t-shirt is quite rare and even owners like myself will refuse to sell them at a reasonable price due to its scarcity and popular demand, owners of this authentic masterpiece will understand how most of us had to struggle looking for one in our size during those days. I have worn this t-shirt for more than 20 times and I am still in love with it. But I don’t think it is worth the trouble to fetch a fake piece like what my friend Don did, you will notice the substantial difference below in comparison.
The Givenchy Rottweiler Legitimate Check
‘The truth revealed between a A$275 authentic Givenchy Rottweiler Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt versus a A$30 fake from iOffer.com.’
In conclusion, there are significant difference between the quality of both manufacturers. The fake Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt material feels rough and the cotton quality is cheaper than a basic Topman cotton top, while the authentic Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt feels silky smooth made from stretchy material, cotton quality is much densely woven. The authentic Givenchy Rottweiler print is much more detailed than the fake Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt, you will notice that the imitation factory failed to copy the amount of dark shades during the quick screening process. The fake Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt also has higher colour density saturation compared to the authentic.
My Personal Recommendation
Here are some wise tips you should take note when looking for this t-shirt that has been sold out years ago.
Never believe anyone who claims it is authentic or even new. A popular t-shirt like this has been worn numerous times and is likely worn out with slight defects by now. The current resell value in year 2014 is expected to hit around $1,000 – $1,300 for this t-shirt, there is no such thing as a resell for $100 – $500. Use common sense and think like a consumer, if you own this t-shirt will you give it up for the same price you bought from the retailers knowing that so many people are looking for it? I don’t think so right? I sold mine a year ago to a reader for $750.
If you think you had bought a fake recently from eBay or have used Paypal services to pay for the t-shirt there is still hope in getting your money back.
Ensure you return the t-shirt within 45 days of transaction. Start a dispute with Paypal and state that it is a replica. Paypal will eventually notify you to return the t-shirt to the seller, do that and return it with the fastest postage with online tracking. Services like DHL, UPS, TNT and FedEx are the only ones you should use. Paypal requires proof of return by reviewing the online tracking number. If there is no tracking and the seller does not want to refund you then it is too bad as you cannot do anything for your first mistake. Always always return an item with reliable tracking. The postage cost will set you back around $65 – $85 depending where you ship to via International Express.
Do not attempt to prove with Paypal as it is a replica, fake and try to keep the t-shirt. You will not win the dispute, the only way out of this is to return. Once the item is successfully returned, contact Paypal immediately. Some sellers may not even be bothered to refund you, so you must take action in order to get back your money. Take the return postage fee as a lesson for the future. To be honest i’ve bought fake Givenchy by mistake on eBay for many times and have learned it the hard way. You should never never buy expensive luxury goods on eBay, there are just too many ways a seller can get away. So don’t be fooled or tempted by low prices as I can tell you 99.9% of the time it is already a replica.
So what should you do now since you can’t find this t-shirt anymore? Well, the easiest way is to get over it! You won’t gain any hype because you own a Givenchy Rottweiler T-Shirt, it makes no difference with the latest Givenchy Bambi Print T-Shirt and there will always be better Givenchy printed clothing in the future. Trust me, buy the latest and always know the reason why you are buying it.
Places to buy authentic Givenchy
Only buy for trusted online retailers, Luisa Via Roma is the leading luxury online retailer in the world and they carry an array of Givenchy menswear that ships worldwide. Farfetch is the most popular place to buy the lowest priced Givenchy’s that are stocked by individual european stores which excludes VAT to most places in the world. If you live in USA, the best place to buy is Givenchy is at SSENSE. While UK retailer Matches Fashion is known to have competitive pricing. Other well reputed places to shop includes renowned MR PORTER that includes import tax and duties for almost everywhere in the world and will put your mind to ease with local customs. Another great place is Lane Crawford that is currently the booming retailer of Givenchy menswear in the east.
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