A Right Royal Rip Off As British Retailers Loose Out To Asian Knock Offs
Last week waxwork statues were unveiled at Madam Tussaud’s in Baker Street as well as in New York depicting the most famous woman in the world, The Duchess of Cambridge. For centuries these figural tableaux have created a close facsimile to the genuine article, but up close they are never quite like seeing the well known personalities, in the flesh. Now counterfeiters are cashing in, not only on Kate Middleton’s fresh good looks, but also on the clothes she carefully chooses to wear in public. The former accessories buyer has been well versed in how to put an outfit together. Much of her wardrobe has been personally selected, without the use of personal shoppers and expensive professional advisers.
All it takes is a quick surf on ebay to discover the thousands of clothes, accessories and jewellery available, much of it is not genuine,and most of it has been knocked off in Asia. The demand to supply an ever hungry public of consumers, willing to buy these goods in a desperate attempt to style themselves after the Duchess, is growing at a frenzied pace. All of the major British retailers, whose clothes appear in Kate’s public appearances, are victims of this online swindle.
The most recent case to come to light has been with upmarket, Links of London, a jewellery and accessories retailer. The topaz earrings worn by Kate Middleton during her engagement photo shoot at Buckingham Palace have been the party of a design rip off. The £275 topaz ‘Hope’ earrings immortalised by the duchess, for Mario Testino’s iconic engagement photos with Prince William, has been found on hundreds of websites selling counterfeit copies of the product. This has sparked an estimated £7 million pounds in lost sales for Links. The company stated that after Ms Middleton wore the earrings, they were inundated with orders. The supply soon ran out and restocking took months. In the interim the fakes appeared at a 20% discount, selling 1000s of units. This has also been rife with the clothing lines worn by the Duchess. Kate is a very down to earth shopper and frequently patronises high street shops such as Whistles,Oasis, Reiss and L K Bennet. Once an outfit is photographed, at a public appearance, the images are flashed around the world and if they are still current stock, they sell out within minutes, in the retailers online shops. This has prompted a growing secondary market on ebay, where a Kate Effect outfit can change hands for 10 times the retail price. When the stock has sold out the fakes start to appear some with counterfeit labels and tags.
Here are a few examples of thing we found on ebay most are laughable like the make at home Alexander McQueen wedding dress or a knock off of the now iconic Issa blue engagement dress.
Hot sale New lady skirt OL dress Fashion great quality! kate middleton dresses Product Description：
Product condition:100% Brand New *Kate’s dress made cuter but still elegant. Lovely Iris Blue makes it so rich…
Sleeve Style: Long Sleeve
Size table 14-20
Butterick BP249 249 Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Pattern 14-20.
You are purchasing a sewing pattern not the finished product.