U.S. Customs Agents Intercept a Bunch of Fake Louboutins, Will Now Try …

Since we can all assume that U.S. Customs agents keep all the things they confiscate as part of an ongoing, intra-agency scavenger hunt, the latest haul of 20,000 counterfeit Louboutins from China must have been quite the game-changer for someone. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Spokesman Jaime Ruiz said that four… » 8/16/12 12:40pm 8/16/12 12:40pm

French Police Bust Super Fancy $22 Million Hermès Counterfeiting Ring

French police have busted a counterfeit ring that sold fake Hermès bags through a parallel distribution network in Asia, the U.S., and Europe. Two Hermès employees have been fired, and more are believed to have been involved. Police raids on the Paris workshops where the bags were apparently made — they were filled with… » 6/18/12 12:35pm 6/18/12 12:35pm

Jessica Simpson Sells Christian Louboutin Knockoffs

On the left above is a Christian Louboutin sandal with pink suede straps edged stitch-in-the-ditch style with yellow leather piping, a black suede insole, and a lavender suede platform and heel. The rectangular buckle is also covered in purple suede. On the right is a Jessica Simpson sandal with pink suede straps edged … » 4/04/12 5:30pm 4/04/12 5:30pm

Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing Line

Former Marie Claire editor, favorite subject of street-style photographers the world over, and newly named artistic director of online high-end shopping site Moda Operandi Taylor Tomasi Hill has been caught red-handed doing something very un-high-end: copying designer fashions. For the new collection Tomasi Hill… » 1/12/12 2:10pm 1/12/12 2:10pm

Kim Kardashian Knocked Off More Handbags For Her Kollection

Kim Kardashian flew to Australia not only to "escape" media scrutiny following her announcement that she was divorcing her husband of 1728 hours, Kris Humphries: she also went there to launch her Kardashian Kollection handbag line. Which apparently includes the Kardashians' versions of some of the world's most… » 11/04/11 2:40pm 11/04/11 2:40pm

Forever 21 Didn't Get The Navajo Memo

Last month, Urban Outfitters drew popular ire — and threats of legal action from the Navajo Nation — for advertising such products as the "Navajo Flask" and the "Navajo Hipster Panty." The tribe owns a variety of trademarks on the term "Navajo," including one covering clothing — meaning that legally speaking, calling a… » 11/03/11 3:20pm 11/03/11 3:20pm

How Forever 21 Keeps Getting Away With Designer Knockoffs

In addition to its history of labor violations, Forever 21 has been sued more than 50 times for allegedly stealing the work of other designers and passing it off as their own. Despite this long legal history, Forever 21 continues to get away with it: The chain has never lost one of these cases in court. » 7/20/11 4:20pm 7/20/11 4:20pm

Urban Outfitters Hits Back At Indie Designer

Urban Outfitters is denying that it copied Truche designer Stevie Koerner's state-with-a-heart-in-it necklace. The company, which is owned by prominent Republican donor Dick Hayne, points out that many designers have made jewelry that includes a heart and a representation of a geographical place, and that the… » 5/31/11 1:30pm 5/31/11 1:30pm

Miley Cyrus Bashes Urban Outfitters For Knock-Offs And Anti-Gay…

Well, this is unexpected and refreshing! Miley Cyrus got all het up on the Twitter about...Urban Outfitters. "Not only do they steal from artists," she wrote in an update tagged #SHADYASHELL, "but every time you give them money you help finance a campaign against gay equality." Could the singer have been referring to this » 5/27/11 1:15pm 5/27/11 1:15pm

Urban Outfitters Knocks Off Another Indie Designer

Copycat emporium Urban Outfitters has selected its latest victim: Chicago-based jewelry designer Stevie Koerner. Koerner told me she has been making her line of jewelry shaped like countries and U.S. states, with a cut-out heart in each, for two and a half years. She produces her designs in silver and bamboo, and they… » 5/26/11 3:02pm 5/26/11 3:02pm

Some Celebrity "Designers" Just Knock Off Clothes From Their Closets

The news that O.G. socialite-turned-HSN costume jewelry designer Iris Apfel's creations are less than original should — to anyone who pays attention to the celebrity clothing line industrial complex — be less than surprising. The story here is that Apfel, whose taste in jewelry is deservedly famous, was approached to… » 5/20/11 3:10pm 5/20/11 3:10pm

Black Friday Promises To Be A Great Day For Staying Home And Reheating …

  • Retailers are crossing their fingers that you will buy some shit on Friday. Pretty please? Sam's Club is opening at 5a.m. — with complimentary breakfast. Target and J.C. Penney open at 4 a.m., with the latter offering 300+ "doorbusters." [WWD]
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