Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Red Sole Saga Continues....
Christian Louboutin's distinctive and high-fashion lacquered red sole shoes have been in the news frequently in the last month. A war is being waged over these famous red-soles.... one battle is being played out at our ports while the other is being played out in our courtrooms.
Look closely at the picture about and you'll notice the famous CBP green tape just below those famous red soles. On August 14, CBP import specialists and officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport seized a total of five shipments arriving from China containing 20,457 pairs of ladies footwear, in violation of the Christian Louboutin trademark, with a domestic value of $57,490 and an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $18 million. CBP's first hint that something was wrong with the shipment - it was coming from China instead of Italy, where the legitimate Louboutins are produced.
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