Wednesday, 4 July 2012
While in France, I made sure that I kept up to date with fashion law news, and I was particularly excited to read that French police had arrested several members of an international counterfeiting ring of Hermès bags. Although one ring alone made $22 million in sales, what really caught my attention was the fact that several Hermès employees were involved in the dirty dealing.
Clearly these employees were aware of the risks involved, but something clearly persuaded them that the benefits outweighed the risks. Maybe they were motivated by greed, or perhaps they were under the impression that, as a brand, Hermès were not serious about clamping down on counterfeiting. Either way, this news sends a clear message to counterfeiters, especially those who are employed by the brand affected - don't mess with us, we will find you, and we will force you to face the consequences!
Much love, Bemsy x
P.S. It will never cease to shock and amaze me how difficult it is to find the official website of a designer. The web is crawling with counterfeit online shops, it's unbelievable.