Friday, February 18, 2011

Not being too big to take on a flea market

Louis Vuitton, that is. They're quite jealous of their brand and aren't above taking out some knock-off artists in San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO-- Luxury brand Louis Vuitton is suing a popular northeast side flea market, claiming the owners and manager have allowed vendors to sell counterfeit Louis Vuitton merchandise.

The company claims vendors inside the Eisenhauer Market have sold counterfeit goods for more than a year. Shoppers say the market is a popular spot for knock-off handbags that cost hundreds less than the real thing.
(from WOAI-TV)

And San Antonio is in good company (or bad, if you like), according to a statement from the purse-maker.
Louis Vuitton’s Intellectual Property Department is managing over 11,500 intellectual property rights including trademarks, designs and copyrights with the support of 250 agents around the world. Thanks to this fully-dedicated team of lawyers and former law enforcement professionals based in Paris with regional offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Milan, Dubai, New York and Buenos Aires, thousands of anti-counterfeiting raids are performed each year. In 2009, Louis Vuitton initiated 9,489 raids (39 per day) and 26,843 anti-counterfeiting procedures worldwide, resulting in the seizure of thousands of counterfeit products and the break- up of criminal networks, easing the plight of workers working for illegal organisations.
They initiated 39 raids per day in 2009. Looking at that statistic, I guess it was just a matter of time until they got around to the Eisenhauer Market.


Keith Alan K said...

When I used to live near there, "we" would look at the knock-off bags all the time. Then we bought one from the nice old Korean ladies. The stitching started to let go after a few months and it ended up looking pretty ratty after a year, so now it's name brands only and I have to drink cheap beer and buy basses from China! (I refuse to cross the final line and play basses from Indonesia).

Any of those companies could pay me to look for counterfeits, since I like flea markets already.

Dave said...

KAK has a great idea. I wonder if LV or any of the fancy companies used to being ripped-off have some sort of hotline where you could get a reward for snitching on the sellers of knock-offs? Last time I was at the Eisenhauer Flea I saw numerous booths selling copied DVD's and music CDs.