As the old saying goes, everything good in life is illegal, immoral or makes you fat. And according to Sherri Hill Inc, the adage can also be applied to counterfeit clothing.
The Texas based evening wear designer, favoured by celebrities including Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood, has filed a lawsuit in New York, against companies selling fake Sherri Hill dresses. Sherri Hill Inc. claims that the defendant is selling flimsy copies of its high-end evening gowns and alleges that the knockoffs add extra pounds to a woman’s figure. “It makes the customers appear heavier around the waist and hips,” state the documents filed in Manhattan federal court. Speaking with the NY Post, Dusty Hill, the designer’s son and company president confirmed,“we looked at this sample and put it on a mannequin . . . it would make the girl look very heavy.” Dusty Hill also claims that Merle Dress, which operates out of New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, has been offering fake “Sherri Hill” for months, stealing business from legitimate retailers in addition to making customers look fat! Merle Dress has an extensive online presence with more than 463,000 Facebook likes. The company is also a prolific user of Google ads.
Sherri Hill has been a leader in fighting designer counterfeit goods. In 2012 the company was awarded $5,000,000 in a case against two defendants that were accused of selling hundreds of fake gowns under the Sherri Hill name. After winning the legal battle in 2012, the company has hired staff solely devoted to reporting violations of copyright laws via the Internet.
So folks, if the child labour, funding of terrorism and health and safety risk aren’t enough to turn you off counterfeits, maybe the sudden weight gain will be! Remember, fakes are never in fashion!
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