Of course it’s no secret how we feel about copying and counterfeiting in fashion.
While not all of you agree with us, it seems that Coach does. They’re taking a very aggressive legal stance against those producing and selling fakes of their bags, and they currently focusing on the great state of Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. The company has recently filed two civil suits in the US District court in Dallas and similar ones in Houston.
According to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, sales of fake goods cost retailers as much as $250 billion each year. And its president, Bob Barchiesi, says, “it [counterfeiting] supports forced child labor overseas, it supports the funding of terrorist organizations.” Whoa, that’s going a little deeper than we’ve ever even considered.
And of course Coach is also appalled at the quality of most fakes. “Most of them are really horrific,” says their general counsel Todd Kahn. Indeed, sir. Indeed.
Coach obviously has deep enough pockets to fight these sorts of suits, but we can only hope that their after effects trickle through the industry and help those who might not have the funds to wage a legal war on counterfeiters.