Over 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes have been seized by customs at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex. It has been reported that the shoes were destined to be sold on through one of the many websites that sell fake designer items.
The shipment arrived from China into the US in five shipments Jaime Ruiz, spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection, said in a statement regarding the situation.
He continued to state that 20,457 pairs of shoes, all of which bared Louboutin’s trademark red sole, had an “estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price” of £11.5 million ($18 million).
“Worn by celebrities and royalty in the fashion world, the lacquered red sole in (the) shoes is a distinctive symbol of the famous French designer Christian Louboutin,” he commented further. “However, US Customs and Border Protection specialists have a different view of the lacquered red sole. They see a trademark protected by US law.”
The shoes seized are said to be “very good counterfeits” will now most likely be sent to be destroyed.
Recently many designer brands such as Hermès and Burberry have also been subject to counterfeiting, as lust for luxary items from the masses increases. Both brands were awarded £63 million in damages in separate cases against websites selling counterfeit goods illegally bearing their brand names.
What do you think? Would you buy counterfeit goods?