WASHINGTON — Federal officials made 9,894 seizures of counterfeit apparel and accessories, valued at $116.1 million, in fiscal year 2013, a year-end report released Monday showed.
That represented 20 percent more of the bogus merchandise year over year and 35 percent of the total amount confiscated, according to the report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. There were a total of 28,212 seizures covering all consumer products, valued at $1.7 billion, in the fiscal year.
Counterfeiters have long focused on high-price luxury labels, and U.S. and foreign officials have been partnering in recent years to crack down on the illicit trade at physical locations and through e-commerce sites. In addition to apparel, there is also pervasive counterfeiting of handbags and wallets, which topped the list of seizures by value.
In categories that are broken out separately, CBP and ICE officials seized $700 million worth of counterfeit handbags and wallets in the year, representing 40 percent of the total value. Officials also seized $502.8 million worth of fake watches and jewelry, representing 29 percent of the total value. Seizures of bogus footwear were valued at $54.8 million, representing 3 percent of the total value.
China continued to be the number-one source of counterfeit and pirated goods seized, accounting for 68 percent or $1.18 billion of the value seized.
Federal officials also took control of 1,413 Web sites trafficking in counterfeit goods in 2013.
“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
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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