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She may not look like she packs much of a punch, but Tory Burch is a heavy-hitter when it comes to the fight against counterfeiting. Her company won the biggest sum ($146 million!) in our roundup this week of major victories against fashion fakes, and today they have filed no less than four new suits against shady companies allegedly dealing in Tory Burch knockoffs.
Today, after a grueling four-and-a-half-year lawsuit, Versace scored a big win against counterfeiters who were hawking knockoffs of their designer wares on eBay. This is just the latest in a string of slam dunks for fashion brands, as judges have begun cracking down on companies making and selling fake versions of their designs, and we’ve rounded up the ones that we’re sure had them popping the champagne — once they finally made it out of court, that is.
Remember when Louis Vuitton filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers for using fake LV bags in The Hangover II? Well, they lost the case.
The only thing worse than someone counterfeiting Hermès bags is someone counterfeiting Hermès bags with the help of Hermès’s own employees.
Prada CEO (and husband to Miuccia) Patrizio Bertelli appeared on Bloomberg Television yesterday and spoke about the company’s plans to open 260 stores by 2014, pricing differences between goods sold in China and Europe, and most interestingly, his thoughts on counterfeit fashion.
We guess even Lady Gaga can’t resist the scintillating allure of a crappy designer knockoff. The singer admitted this week that although she loves fashion (and has more than enough money to pay for the real deal when she wants it), she’ll still throw down a few bucks for a good fake.
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.
When you buy a bag (or any item) in a store (as opposed to on Canal Street, through a discount website or anywhere that appears less than reputable), there is an expectation that what you’re buying is real. Why would you think otherwise? If the latest allegations against Century 21 prove to be true, you may need to start rethinking your latest purchase’s authenticity.
We’re not sure how this happens once, let alone twice, but here goes: Burberry is suing upscale New York City boutique Veriazioni — which has outposts in SoHo and the Upper West Side — for selling counterfeit product. Just one year ago, in June 2009, the brand busted them for the exact same thing.
Earlier this month, Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta all filed suit against MyPurseWorld.com — one-time purveyor of fake and counterfeit goods. The court agreed and gave the brands a restraining order which would prevent web hosting platforms and internet service providers from doing business with the site — essentially shutting it down. And then came the twist: according to a previous suit in the summer of 2009, Chanel actually owns the site.
It’s easy to think something is legitimate when it uses a high-end brand’s name, logo, and shows high up on in a Google search. LVMH is in the process of fighting the good fight against ads for counterfeit merchandise — most notably on Google’s UK search engine, which controls an estimated 80% of the search market throughout Europe.