2012 is officially the year for cracking down on counterfeiters. After Uggs, Burberry and Hermes all recently won millions in counterfeit cases, comes another victory in the battle against knockoffs–this time for Christian Louboutin.
The shoes had been shipped from China to the US (Louboutins are made in Italy), and were said to have been split into five shipments–four of which were seized on Tuesday, and the fifth of which was seized a few weeks ago. Had the fake red soles hit the market they would have been worth around $18 million.
Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection, said in a statement:
“Worn by celebrities and royalty in the fashion world, the lacquered red sole in (the) shoes is a distinctive symbol of the famous French designer Christian Louboutin. However, US Customs and Border Protection specialists have a different view of the lacquered red sole. They see a trademark protected by US law.”
Customs and Border Protection said the shoes will likely be burned, which, we can’t lie, kind of makes us sad. Louboutin, on the other hand, who’s been having a tough time defending his red sole trademark, will no doubt be jumping for joy at the bust.