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Counterfeit clothing makers prosecuted

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"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

 

Nike, Superdry, UGG, Henri Lloyd, Lacoste and North Face amongst some of the brands being replicated

TWO people have been handed suspended prison sentences after being convicted of running a counterfeit clothing factory in Leicester.

Tarsem Kaur and Altaf Sattar appeared in Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday 23rd March for sentencing, after previously pleading guilty to 21 offences of counterfeiting under the Trade Marks Act.

Trading Standards Officers and police who raided premises at the Oak and Ash Business Park, in Ash Street, Spinney Hills, in August 2015, discovered hundreds of garments, thousands of counterfeit labels and machinery for making garments.

In all, officers found 6,143 counterfeit labels and swing tags for clothing, as well as 894 completed garments. They cover 14 different brands including Nike, Superdry, UGG, Henri Lloyd, Lacoste and North Face.

The counterfeit goods had an estimated street value of £150,000.

Some of the clothing was found packed into boxes and ready to go, while a large quantity of child-size Adidas-branded clothing was found partially made on sewing machines.

"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

 

The court heard how Kaur was arrested at the scene, and Sattar arrested later following a raid at his home address in Spinney Hills in which further items were found in connection with the factory.

Both Kaur and Sattar were convicted of the offences on January 25th 2017.

In arriving at his sentence, the judge took into account that Sattar was suffering from a series of medical problems, including depression, a heart condition and diabetes, and had lost a leg.

Kaur, aged 46, of Rosemead Drive, Oadby, and Sattar, aged 60, of Cork Street, Spinney Hills, were each given a 12-month suspended jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Leicester City Council is now due to pursue a proceeds of crime confiscation order against the defendants over the counterfeit goods.

The court was told how the counterfeit clothing was being sold at markets elsewhere in the UK.

The factory at Spinney Hills was shut down following the raid in 2015 and has not continued to produce any further items.

"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

"PICTURE CREDIT: Leicester City Council Trading Standards"

Leicester assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, Cllr Sue Waddington, said: “We would have liked to see a stronger sentence imposed in this case, to send the message out to other counterfeiters that this sort of crime will not be tolerated.

“Our Trading Standards team will continue to work closely with the police to crackdown on such illegal operations and protect the interests of consumers and legitimate businesses across the city.”

Adidas senior brand protection manager, Mike Roylance, added: “ We have a big fight on our hands to try and stem the fight against counterfeit products appearing in the UK market place and it totally undermines everything that Adidas stands for in producing quality products.

“Adidas very much appreciates the working partnership that we have with Trading Standards in helping us to protect consumers from these substandard products.”

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D&G: A-List label targets Muslim women with latest clothing line

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FASHION: Stefano Gabbana shared images of the new Ayaba collection on his Instagram page, receiving thousands of likes (pic credit: Instagram)

FASHION: Stefano Gabbana shared images of the new Ayaba collection on his Instagram page, receiving thousands of likes (pic credit: Instagram)

D&G launches Ayaba collection

Fashion giants, Dolce and Gabbana, have launched their first ever ‘Abaya collection’, receiving praise from industry commentators and the wider public.

Tapping into a reported £182billion market, the designers have ventured where few others in the industry have previously gone, meeting the demands of a growing market.

Revealing the new line exclusively through Style.com/Arabia, a range of full-length, sleeveless outer garments have been released and are the latest addition to the renowned D&G line.

It was in 2015 that Stefano Gabbana confirmed the design duo would be creating the new range for its customers during an interview with The National newspaper.

“I’m really fascinated with the Middle East and we’ve just completed a prêt-a-porter collection of abayas and sheylas,” he said.

“Pieces have some lace, embroidery and some prints – but not too much.”

PIONEERING: The designs are light-weight and extremely wearable

PIONEERING: The designs are light-weight and extremely wearable

On micro-blogging site Twitter, people of all backgrounds have been quick to praise the designers for their approach.

“As a lover of fashion and all things beauty, this put a big smile on my face!” whilst another added: “Dolce and Gabbana changing the fame with designer hijabs. Good, they deserve a little D&G on their heads.”

However, despite the overwhelming majority praising the introduction of the new attire, there were also the critics, with one person writing: “Dolce and Gabbana launched his first collection of hijabs. They’re my favourite fashion designers but this is ridicule and awful.”

The clothing launch has also been commended by financial experts who predict D&G could be wise to invest in a rapidly growing industry.

According to figures from a Thomson Reuters report, the market could be worth in excess of £331billion by 2019 – with names such as DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger also showing interest in recent times.

Only time will tell as to whether other designers will now follow ‘suit’ or whether they continue to ‘dress up’ their current lines and leave the Ayaba collections to Dolce and Gabbana.

PUBLIC RESPONSE: Fashion fans took to twitter to talk about the new designs

PUBLIC RESPONSE: Fashion fans took to twitter to talk about the new designs

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