WASHINGTON — Federal authorities said Thursday they seized 89 Web sites selling a wide range of counterfeit designer products, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin.The majority of the 89 Web sites — more than 90 percent — were illegally operating under Louis Vuitton domain names.The list of domain names included: perfectlouisvuittonoutlet.com, louisvuittonisluxury.com and louisvuittononsale.com, guccioutlets2013.com and perfectchristianlouboutin.comThe sites were seized as part of “Project Cyber Monday,” being conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.The seized Web sites will show a banner that notifies the public of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of trafficking in counterfeit goods and services.RELATED STORY: Feds Bust Counterfeit Operations >>As part of that investigation, authorities have seized 190 domain names “designed to entice shoppers looking to purchase well-known brand-name goods.” Consumers searching for branded products were often redirected to a host Web site, which authorities said was set up to dupe them into buying bogus goods.“Web sites are valuable assets that are critical to the success of companies competing for business today,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of HSI Houston. “Unfortunately, they can also be manipulated to support illegal activity.”The operation is part of a broader investigation known as “In Our Sites,” which began more than two years ago. Under IOS, officials have seized 1,719 domain names and, of those, more than 690 have been forfeited to the U.S. government.
Exclusive: @isabelmarant and @lorealmakeup have teamed up to create a capsule makeup collection. "She is rather natural in the day but doesn't have time to go back home before going out [in the evening] and redo her entire beauty look," said Marant on the 5 products included in the collection, which will launching in September. Read @jenniferbethweil's interview with the designer on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty
After 17 years, Tomas Maier is leaving @bottegaveneta. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve,” said François-Henri Pinault, head of parent company @kering_official. Head to WWD.com for more on his departure. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: Davide Maestri)
@shaymitchell is no stranger to teaming up with beauty brands, but she’s made her latest partnership official: She’s signed with @buxomcosmetics as global creative brand ambassador, WWD learned exclusively. Mitchell and Buxom will collaborate on campaign development, social media strategy and content and new product and shade development. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
Today we’re at the WWD Retail 20/20 Forum where industry leaders will be talking about the future of shopping for fashion, footwear and beauty. Tune in on Instagram Live at 9 am and 3:30 pm to hear from two of our speakers –– @therealreal’s Rati Levesque and @bandier’s Stephen Ippolito. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Seen last night at @coach’s launch party for “Life Coach,” an interactive pop-up in Soho: @joansmalls. Open now, visitors of the pop-up can engage in themes of “creativity and self-expression,” through tarot, carnival games, live performances and art. See the rest of the party pics on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @vnina)
“We figure there’s enough cynicism to go around the world right now let’s go out there and be ourselves, let’s be enthusiastic, let’s have positive energy, which is something I think a lot of people really want and need right now,” said musician @joshgroban ahead of hosting the Tony Awards with @sarabareilles. Read @leighn’s interview with Groban on how he picked his look for the night, his next record and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye #tonyawards (📷: @vnina)
“Rock as an attitude and not a uniform. Street as a style and not just clothing. Sportswear as the new normality,” @paul_surridge said of his first @roberto_cavalli men’s wear collection, previewed here. The British designer joined the brand as the creative director in May 2017, and is gearing up to unveil his debut for the label with a runway show at the Florence Charterhouse on June 13 at #PittiUomo. Head to WWD.com to read more about his collection and see more sneak peek photos. #wwdfashion (📷: @simonelezzi)