WASHINGTON —U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials said Tuesday they have seized a combined $5.1 million worth of counterfeit merchandise in two separate operations in New Jersey and Los Angeles that snagged bogus watches, sunglasses and other consumer goods.
In Los Angeles, Customs officials seized 215 watches at Los Angeles International Airport bearing counterfeit Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Omega registered trademarks. Authorities said the bogus watches were flown to LAX from China and seized on Aug. 8.
“This seizure of these trademarked watches is testament to our officers’ vigilance in protecting the intellectual property rights of manufacturers and retailers,” said Todd C. Owen, director of the Los Angeles field operations office for CBP.
CBP officers said they found the counterfeit watches after inspecting the shipment’s manifest, which identified the cargo as watches with a declared value of $173 and weight of 68 pounds. The agency said it seized $186 million in counterfeit watches and jewelry in fiscal year 2012.
A second, unrelated bust in New Jersey on July 22 turned up 70,000 counterfeit consumer products, ranging from sunglasses and razor blades to toys and batteries, the agency said. Officials said the counterfeit shipment was sent from China to the Port of Newark and was inspected under a targeting program through the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center in Washington. The bust was coordinated between CBP, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the center.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast