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After five years of being tied up in Congress in an attempt to prevent piracy within the fashion industry, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the American Apparel & Footwear Association are moving onto different tactics.
Yesterday, Customs and Border Protection and the US Postal Service answered a question we here at Styleite have been asking for a long time now: Will people counterfeit anything? Yes, yes they will.
Call the Obama Administration what you want, but it just scored a huge win for the fashion industry. Yesterday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security shut down 82 websites that had been selling counterfeit apparel and accessories while claiming they were the real mccoy.
An adviser to the British Home Office has co-written a study claiming that counterfeit designer goods aren’t really that bad for the fashion industry. In fact, the study claims, counterfeit goods have less of a financial impact on the rag trade than we previously thought, and that selling fake Louis Vuitton Speedy 25s on the side of the road is really a good thing. There are a few reasons why, to put it not-so-politely, this is B.S.
Christian Louboutin’s famous red soles are so ubiquitous in Hollywood that it’s almost unreasonable to expect that copycats wouldn’t try to cash in the hot commodity. But even though we can spot a fake, others may not be able to. And instead of ignoring the issue or accepting it as something that will inevitably happen in the industry, Louboutin is speaking out — and speaking out loudly — against the selling of counterfeit items by launching a new website.
Everyone knows that the counterfeit goods industry is not a good one. Fake products are produced illegally, in factories with substandard work conditions and no industry group to police them. Goods are often smuggled in via the same crime syndicates that traffic drugs, and the bags themselves are products of stolen copyrights. But what most people don’t know is that purchasing these goods will actually make you a worse person.