NEW YORK — Those Canal Street counterfeiters have taken their designer label copying know-how to new heights. Near dead-on versions of the Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami bags for spring are being sold by vendors on Canal and Tuesday afternoon shoppers were clamoring for the knock-offs.

Women were squeezed inside the narrow stalls scrutinizing the shape, the color and the craftmanship detail of the hardware. The bags, which have a white background with multicolored logos, are being sold in about a dozen select stalls downtown in a range of styles from the diminutive "Pochette" to larger duffels. Vendors are asking anywhere from $75 for the smaller bags to $200 for the larger ones, but the final price depends on one’s haggling skills — and even the time of day. The authentic Murakami Vuittons range from $360 for the "Mini HL" to $3,950 for the "Eye Dare You."

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