By  on July 1, 2009

On the morning of Nov. 12, 1986, Carla Fendi presided over a somewhat unusual spectacle of destruction outside of Tavern on the Green in New York. Thousands of fake Fendi bags and accessories — covered in the iconic double-F logos, which were particularly popular at the time — were crushed in garbage trucks in front of press and curious spectators, in an effort to publicize the Italian fashion house’s crackdown on counterfeit goods.

Helping oversee the “Fendi Crush,” as it was dubbed, was a young attorney named Sonia Sotomayor, who had helped create an aggressive anticounterfeiting effort for Fendi at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. Today, that attorney is now a history-making judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, nominated by President Obama for elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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