WASHINGTON — Counterfeit accessories seizures continued to increase in 2008, while the amount of fake apparel declined, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Counterfeit shoes were the top seizure in 2008, accounting for 38 percent of all infringing goods. Fake footwear worth $102.3 million domestically was seized last year, compared with $77.8 million in 2007, an increase of 31 percent.
The amount of fake handbags, wallets and backpacks netted increased 108 percent to $29.6 million from $14.2 million. Seizures of apparel dropped 7 percent to $25.1 million from $27 million. Handbags and apparel were the second and fourth most commonly seized categories, respectively, while pharmaceuticals was third.
The value of sunglasses seized nearly doubled to $7.9 million from $4 million. Seizures of perfumes and colognes grew 459 percent to $6.7 million from $1.2 million.
“CBP is improving the effectiveness of [intellectual property rights] enforcement by focusing on imports at high risk for counterfeiting and piracy, especially those that threaten the health, safety or security of the American people,” said W. Ralph Bashem, CBP commissioner.
Overall, about $272.7 million in counterfeit and pirated goods was seized in 2008, a 38.6 percent hike in value from the previous year. The total number of IPR actions increased to 14,992 in 2008, compared with 13,657 the prior year.
China continued to be the largest single source of infringing merchandise, accounting for 81 percent of all fake goods seized in 2008. Taiwan, India, South Korea and Hong Kong rounded out the top five biggest suppliers of infringing goods. Counterfeit footwear from China was responsible for 96 percent of all infringing footwear.
“Our increasing success in identifying and seizing counterfeit goods from the stream of commerce and prosecuting the individuals who attempt to circumvent our nation’s laws serves as a strong deterrent to others who wish to turn a profit at the expense of consumer safety,” said John Torres, Homeland Security’s acting assistant secretary for ICE.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty