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.

At the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa, US Customs seized 15,653 counterfeit goods items worth $1,826,562.

At the 2008 Super Bowl in Arizona, US Customs seized 10,212 counterfeit goods items worth $542,120.

See all data on the replica clothing industry here.

Source: Megan Chuchmach, “Super Bowl Fans: Watch Out for Counterfeit NFL Goods,” ABC News, February 5, 2010.

The United States Customs and Border Protection donated $78 Million of counterfeit clothing  articles that it seized in 2009 to various charities.   The counterfeited logos were removed and only essentials such as clothes and shoes were donated to the organizations.

Source:  Jim Dwyer, “Closing Pipeline to Needy, City Shreds Clothes,” New York Times, January 12, 2010.

36 million people purchased counterfeit clothing in Brazil, spending an estimated $3.64 billion in 2003.

Source:  Brazil-U.S. Business Council, “Counterfeiting and Piracy in Brazil: The Economic Impact,” 2004.

Sales of fake Bob Marley merchandise is estimated to generate $596 Million in sales per year.

Legal sales of Bob Marley merchandise generates only $4 Million each year.

(All information on unauthorized replica clothing items.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Marley heirs wage global war on trademark pirates,” Yahoo News, October 31, 2009.

According to the Guardian, fashion label Burberry is believed to be the most copied fashion label by counterfeit manufacturers, ahead of labels such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Source: “Counterfeit fashion: The most copied designer labels,” Guardian, March 17, 2009.

250,000 counterfeit clothing articles were seized by sports apparel maker Columbia Sportswear in 2005.

Source: Laura Palotie and Alexandra Zendrian, “Attack of the $35 Gucci Handbag,” INC, April 29, 2008.

The European Union released its 2008 Counterfeit Goods Seizures numbers.

In all, 178 million counterfeit items were seized by Custom authorities in 2008, up from 79 million in 2007.

44 percent of all products seized were pirated CDs and DVDs.

23 percent were counterfeit cigarettes.

10 percent were replica clothing items.

54 percent of all counterfeit goods seized originated from China.  However, a majority of the fake food and drinks seized came from Indonesia, and most fake drugs came from India.


The counterfeit luxury good that is copied the most in South Korea is Chanel, according to a government report.


New Era, makers of the Official Major League Baseball caps, spends $1.5 Million a year on its anti-counterfeiting operations.

In 2008, the companies was shutting down between 2,000 to 4,000 Internet auctions every week because of the sites were selling counterfeit baseball caps.

In the first half of 2008, 176, 453 counterfeit caps were seized worth a street value of over $7 Million.


The Clothing industry loses up to $12 billion to counterfeit clothing.