Knockoffs are not a new problem in the fashion industry, but some companies are fighting back and this year anticounterfeiting is poised to take on even greater importance.Firms such as Burberry and Chanel have been aggressive in recent years in going after imitators. Now, other accessories firms are getting in on the action. Kate Spade has hired an attorney to specifically address this problem and the New York City Police Department has also gotten more involved. It recently undertook a sting operation that led to the arrest of nine alleged counterfeiters and the seizure of merchandise valued at more than $700,000.Worldwide, the International Chamber of Commerce estimates that counterfeit merchandise represents about 5 to 7 percent, or $500 billion, of global trade, and in the first half of 2002, the U.S. Customs Service seized $5.1 million in counterfeit apparel; $1.5 million in fake handbags, wallets and backpacks; $2.5 million in bogus watches, and $650,000 in imitation sunglasses."Many people don’t really understand the problem when it comes to counterfeiting," said Barbara Kolsun, Spade’s new in-house attorney. "People need to know that this is a crime, that it’s stealing."
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim