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."
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion