So the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 20,457 pairs of fake Christian Louboutins at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. That’s a helluva lot of fake red soles. Customs officials said the heels would have been worth an estimated $18 million had they made it to the market. It’s a big story and thankfully Getty Read more →
Hermes is not messing around when it comes to counterfeits. Last month, the legendary luxury label shut down 34 counterfeit sites–and won $100 million in damages–and now they’ve helped the French police bust an international crime ring that produced and sold knockoffs of their bags, WWD is reporting.
Apparently, the illegal operation was making millions in Hermes counterfeits–one Paris public prosecutor put profits at 18 million euros (or $22 million) for just one branch of the ring–and they were doing it all with the help of actual Hermes employees.
Thinking of buying a Chanel-branded cell phone while vacationing in Paris this summer? (You totally were, right?) Well don’t, because you could go to jail for three years, as these clever new anti-counterfeit ads introduced today by French luxury goods association Comité Colbert make plain.
City councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the Chinatown district, is introducing a bill this Thursday that proposes harsh punishment for shoppers caught purchasing counterfeits, the New York Post is reporting. Under Chin’s bill, that fake LV could cost you $1,000 in fines (still not quite the cost of some of the real deals) or up to a year in prison.
Sound harsh? That’s the point.
It’s hard to keep track of the seemingly countless sample sale sites that promise designer labels and luxury brands at deep discounts. But can you trust them?
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 Read more →