Fake Clothing

News, information and statistics about fake clothing and the sale of counterfeit clothes. Data about the fake clothing industry is collected from clothing manufactuers, brand owners and public criminal justice information.

Russia’s Ministry of the Internal Affairs estimates that up to 37 percent of all clothing sold in the country is counterfeit.

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Source: Feargus O’Sullivan, “The persistence of fake designer goods,” National, November 28, 2011.

A 2008 study produced by the Humane Society found that up to 70 percent of counterfeit fur-lined jackets was made with fur from raccoon dogs instead of the fur advertised.

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Source: Erin Skarda, “Report: Chinese Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive for Knockoff Ugg Boots,” Time, News Feed Blog, October 11, 2011.

The Interior Ministry stated that up to 60 percent of Microsoft products in use in Russia are pirated copies. 37 percent of all clothing sales in the country are replica clothing, and counterfeit cosmetics consist of between 15 and 30 percent of the total market.

The Ministry stated that most counterfeits and imported into the county, with minimal production of fake goods occurring within the country.

Source: Interfax, “Internet Cuts Down Piracy,” Moscow Times, September 2, 2011.

A report found that almost half of foreign travelers from the United Kingdom purchased counterfeit goods while traveling abroad.

The most popular countries where counterfeit purchases took place were Greece, Turkey, Spain, Thailand and China.

The most popular counterfeit goods purchased by UK travelers was replica purses, followed by replica clothing, sunglasses, replica watches and jewelry.

Source: “Tourist traps: Over half of UK holidaymakers buy counterfeit goods abroad thinking they’re saving money,” Daily Mail, July 21, 2011.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the intellectual property division of jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co employs 40 people around the world who monitor the counterfeit trade in their products.

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Source: Elizabeth Holmes,”The Finer Art of Faking It,” Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2011.

Fakes and counterfeit clothes in Mexico costs the legitimate clothing industry up to $9.5 Billion a year.

In addition, up to 200 million pairs of fake shoes enter Mexico each year.

Source: Lauren Villagran, “Mexico’s crime groups grabbing lucrative market for pirated goods,” Bellingham Herald, May 22, 2011.

The counterfeit clothing and counterfeit shoes industry in Australia is estimated to be valued at over $658 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars).

Source: Jim O’rourke, “Fake detergent a new face on dirty money laundering,” The Age, May 1, 2011.

Replica shoes and athletic footwear was the most seized counterfeit seizures by the United States Customs and Border Protection in Fiscal Year 2010. Fake shoes accounted for 24 percent of all seizures, with 94 percent of the shoes originating from China.

There were 4,338 seizures of counterfeit athletic and sports apparel in FY 2010 worth $18.7 Million. 75 percent of the fakes came from China.

Exercise equipment accounted for the 10th most seized item, with 594 seizures of counterfeit equipment during the fiscal year.

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Source: “Counterfeit Sporting Goods Seizures Up in 2010, White House Seeks Enhanced Seizure Authority,” Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, March 28, 2011.

According to KPMG’s Counterfeit Christmas Index Basket, a basket filled with counterfeit goods purchased in 11 major cities around the world was only 24 percent cheaper then a basket filled with the legitimate product.

The basket was filled with the following products, according to the Daily Finance:

  • DVD – movie in current Top 10 chart
  • CD – album in current top 10 chart
  • Counterfeit software
  • High end trainers
  • High end polo-shirt
  • Leading designer handbag
  • High end branded watch
  • High end sunglasses
  • Branded jeans
  • Good quality branded whiskey
  • Branded cigarettes

Source: Chris Wheal, “Counterfeit goods are more expensive,” Daily Finance, December 20, 2010.

In 2009, European Authorities seized 118 million articles of counterfeit goods from entering the union.

The largest category of counterfeit good was clothing, with 27 percent of all seizures being replica clothing pieces.

64 percent of all counterfeit goods seized was from China, a 10 percent increase in the amount of goods seized in 2008.

Source: “EU reports growth in fake goods from China,” BBC News, July 22, 2010.