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China’s Red: Can You Spot The Fake From The Real? Feds Raid and Seize 20,000 Pairs of Fake Louboutins From China!

August 16, 2012 by Jean Claude Coco

We all know many legit things are made in China like the Iphone and most of Apple’s products even though ill treatment of workers have been documented.

There is also a bad side to China’s reputation as a world manufacturing power. China makes a lot of counterfeit goods we see on the market today.

And today China was embarrassed by the US feds. It was evident that China manufacturing houses have been occupied with painting a certain sole red to the point of neglecting their own red communist party flag.

Thanks to the Daily Mail  for this story.

Federal customs officials have stopped more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit luxury shoes from tip-toeing into the U.S. from China.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says four shipments of fake Christian Louboutin shoes were seized on Tuesday at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, and another shipment was seized July 27.

Spokesman Jaime Ruiz says the shoes have a value of $57,490, but could have sold on the U.S. market for $18million.

Seeing red: U.S. border officials have seized 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes from shipments from China. The most recent (pictured) was on Tuesday at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Faking it: The shoes seized came in an array of styles and colorways, and were likely destined for sale though counterfeit websites

Todd C. Owen CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles said in a press release: ‘This seizure illustrates the outstanding level of commodity expertise and vigilance of CBP import specialists and officers at our nation’s largest seaport.

‘CBP maintains an aggressive and proactive posture on intercepting shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items.’

The vaunted French designer’s shoes come in an array of colors and styles, often commanding thousands of dollars per pair from well-heeled customers.

Countless A-list celebrities regularly wear Christian Louboutin, which are famed for their distinctive red lacquered soles. They typically sell for upwards of $800, and can exceed will into four figures.

Seeing red: Border officials seized 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes. The most recent (pictured) was on Tuesday at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaportSole traders: Four shipments of fake Christian Louboutin shoes were seized on Tuesday at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, and another shipment was seized July 27The knock-off shoes were likely destined for swap meets or sale through websites.

Typically buyers are unaware that counterfeit items are fake, and often believe that they are buying an original product at a significant discount.

In the 2011 fiscal year, there were 1,020 trade seizures with a domestic value exceeding $37million at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex alone.

This represents an 18per cent increase in the number of seizures from fiscal year 2010.

Ruiz says the shoes in this case were very good counterfeits and will likely be destroyed.

An official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex unpacks a box of fake Christian Louboutins from a recent seizure of five shipments from ChinaBusted: An official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex unpacks a box of fake Christian Louboutins from a recent seizure of five shipments from China
Counterfeit: A spokesman said the shoes could have sold for a total of $18million, had they made it into the U.S. market, but will likely be destroyed instead
Counterfeit: A spokesman said the shoes could have sold for a total of $18million, had they made it into the U.S. market, but will likely be destroyed instead
 Counterfeit: A spokesman said the shoes could have sold for a total of $18million, had they made it into the U.S. market, but will likely be destroyed instead

Christian Louboutin has been fiercely defending his right to be the sole label with red soles over the past year.

The designer has faced two unsuccessful court battles with Yves Saint Laurent and Zara, both of which argued that they too have the right to sell shoes with red soles.

So coveted are the shoes that in recent months, women have started creating DIY versions, painting the soles of their shoes red to mimic the look.

It is not too far removed from the way in which Mr Louboutin came up with the idea for his red sole in the first place: by painting the sole of a high heel with red nail polish.

SO, CAN YOU SPOT FAKE CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS?

By TAMARA ABRAHAM

The real deal: U.S. border officials have seized 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes. Real versions sell for upwards of $600 a pairCoveted: Christian Louboutin shoes sell for hundreds of dollars in designer boutiques around the world

U.S. Customs and Border Protection may have deemed the Chinese Christian Louboutin fakes ‘very good counterfeits’, but any fashionista worth their front row cred might beg to differ.

Anyone who has even longed for a pair for long enough knows the designer’s signature shapes and styles inside-out and can spot a Prive from a Pigalle at 50 paces.

Fashion writer Olivia Fleming, who herself owns a pair, admits that at first glance some of the fakes did indeed look convincing.

On closer inspection, however, even the best copies exposed themselves as counterfeit.

‘The authentic red soles have a bright red color with a nice high gloss finish,’ she explained. ‘The fakes will have more of a dark deeper red color with more of a low gloss matte looking finish.

‘An authentic pair will have “Chrisitan Louboutin” “Made in Italy” on the soles with the size in EUR on the bottom. Fake Louboutins will have “Christian Louboutin” also with  “Made in Italy” and the EUR size, but most of the time it is written ‘madeinitaly’ (all one word).’

She added that some of the counterfeit shoes had white glue seeping out from the edges of the sole, and the seam on the heel of another pair was not straight. Such imperfections would never exist in a real pair, she said.

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