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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Life Funded by Selling Luxury Designer Counterfeit Labels

A dishonest businessman who funded a luxury lifestyle by running a large-scale counterfeit designer clothing company has been jailed.

Vinay Kumar Hansrani (48) splashed out some of the profits of his "sophisticated and successful illegal business enterprise" on several cars including an £187,000 Rolls-Royce and an Audi A5 – while declaring profits to the taxman of just a few thousand pounds.
Leicester Crown Court was told that when city council's trading standard officers raided his factory, called Can, in Halkin Street, Belgrave, Leicester, in December 2011, they seized nearly 6,000 counterfeit items with an estimated retail value of between £239,000 and £478,000 – although Hansrani's cut would have been about £100,000.

In a 20-month period, £364,000 of unexplained cash went into his bank accounts.

'The whole place was full of boxes of counterfeit items'

He spent the money on a £187,000 Rolls-Royce

Jane Sarginson, prosecuting, said that when the premises were raided three embroidery machines, worth £30,000 each, were churning out clothes with fake designer logos, including Armani, Gucci, Boss and Ralph Lauren.
"It was a work in progress," she said, "The whole place was full of boxes of counterfeit items, from top to bottom, on both floors."
Ms Sarginson said supplies were delivered nationwide, including to numerous customers in Manchester, but also Glasgow, London and Exeter for onward sale by warehouses and retail outlets. Hansrani (48), of Hall Close, Kibworth, was jailed for two years. Sentencing, Recorder Heidi Kubik said she took into account the six-year delay in bringing the case to court and his ill health.
She said: "It was entirely your own enterprise and you were blatantly spending money from profits on several separate transactions on several vehicles, including a Rolls-Royce.
"It was a sophisticated and successful illegal business enterprise."

What the defendant pleaded guilty to

Labels found at the factory

The defendant pleaded guilty to 29 counts of possessing trademark logos and labels, relating to world-famous designer brands including Boss, Barbour, Diesel, Fred Perry, Lacoste, Gucci, Superdry, Tiffany & Co, Adidas and Nike.
He also admitted three counts of application of a trademark, by using a sign likely to be mistaken for a registered trade mark.

He admitted possessing three embroidery machines adapted to make copies of trademarks.
Hansrani pleaded guilty to money laundering of £198,000, relating to car purchases, between March 2011 and April 2012.

'He recognises the stupidity in going into counterfeiting'

Vinay Kumar Hansrani outside Leicester Crown Court

Nicholas Flanagan, mitigating, said that before 2011, Hansrani ran a legitimate family business in textiles.
When a major customer went out of business, the defendant was forced to make redundancies which caused "significant hardship".
Mr Flanagan said: "He now recognises the stupidity in going into counterfeiting to keep his business afloat."
The barrister disputed the estimated value of the goods seized. He said Hansrani accepted being "a key integral part" of the black market chain, but he also had legitimate contracts, including supplying clothing for schools.
The money laundering related to five or six transactions with car dealers and the Rolls Royce was bought with a view to using it for weddings, which never got off the ground and he sold it having done less than 10,000 miles in it at "a considerable loss."
Mr Flanagan said the six-year gap between arrest and sentence had a detrimental effect on Hansrani and his family, resulting in ill-health, stress and anxiety.
References spoke highly of him as a churchgoer, charity fund-raiser and voluntary work. He was no longer running a business but working in a warehouse to support his family.

'It was a long and complex inquiry'

A number of branded hoodies were found in the factory

Afterwards, Ron Ruddock, manager of the city council's trading standards department, said: "We are pleased with the sentence. Mr Hansrani was given a significant reduction for his personal circumstances and the delay in the prosecution.
"It was a long and complex inquiry into this sophisticated operation that saw goods going in blank, being embroidered and coming out branded.
"We prosecute such cases not just to protect the brand-holders but legitimate businesses and traders who comply with the law."

The delay in the complex investigation was due to a number of factors, explained Ms Sarginson, including obtaining statements from all 29 designer brand companies to confirm sample goods were fake.
It involved following a financial trail with limited departmental resources due to "austerity measures," tracking down more than 70 trading contacts, of which only four turned out to run legitimate businesses.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017



Counterfeit handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories are not only illegal, they can be toxic to the economy, environment and even your health. According to CBS New York, the sale of counterfeit goods account for a detrimental $250 billion industry. Here are 6 reasons, the price simply does not justify the purchase:

1. Child LaborThe counterfeit market relies on cutting corners to maximize profits - this ideology unfortunately applies to every aspect of counterfeiting process. Counterfeiters do not abide by the standard government regulations put into place with intention to protect workers. Employees assembling counterfeit goods are often children, working for less than fair wages, in less than acceptable conditions. It is not uncommon for these underaged employees to be sent by their families to live and work in counterfeiting factories in order to help provide for their impoverished families back home. 

2. Counterfeit Goods Fund Illegal Activity
Many counterfeit operations are created as a front to launder money acquired from criminal activities. Most often, organized crime networks operate many illegal activities all at once and use the sale of counterfeit goods to either launder money or generate funds for other criminal activities like drug trade, human trafficking, sex trafficking, robbery or terrorist activities. All of these activities hurt both local and global economies as well as cause severe injury and harm to basic human rights.

3. Unsafe Working ConditionsTo make matters even worse, the factories themselves force unsafe working conditions upon their employees. Workplace safety is of no concern and many serious injuries often occur while on the job. Protective clothing such as masks and gloves are not provided to employees and therefore they work unprotected from toxic chemicals, dyes and unclean air quality clouded with dust, fumes, or even fabric particles from sewing, cutting or distressing fabrics. Exposure to these elements can cause serious longterm illness.

4. Health Risks and DiseaseOne of the most common health issues caused by poor working conditions is Silicosis, a respiratory disease that can lead to death if left untreated. Silicosis, is the result of silica dust particles entering the lungs and is most frequently acquired from sandblasting materials to achieve a 'distressed' look (thats right - the faded jeans that literally everyone wears). In 2009, over 20,000 workers suffered from this disease (due to workplace conditions) in China alone.

5. Negative Environmental ImpactLooking at the issue from an environmental standpoint, counterfeiting factories do not dispose of their waste properly or in accordance to any regulation. Surrounding communities can feel the affects by becoming unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in their air, soil or water sources. Again, potentially leading to longterm illness and environmental issues.

6. They Can Kill You.Counterfeit goods can be hazardous to your health. The technical construction of counterfeit goods is under par at best. Materials used to make fake handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories are often completely toxic! This is primarily concerning when counterfeiting children's apparel, though the toxins can most certainly affect adults as well. Lead paint can often be found in counterfeit goods which is highly toxic and can be deadly if ingested or if the child puts their hands in their mouth after coming into contact with the product containing lead paint. Many of the fake handbags, shoes and accessories that we have seen over the years have a pungent plastic-like or even gasoline-like odor to them. This can undoubtedly be bad for not only your health but also the environment.

Currently, trade in counterfeit goods is estimated to be a $500 billion dollar global industry. By the year 2025 it is predicted that the global economic loss due to counterfeiting could reach $2 trillion dollars annually. In 2005, customs preformed 8,000 seizures of goods valued at more than $92 million. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 750,000 jobs are lost each year due to counterfeit goods. Please follow this link for an extensive report on the severity of counterfeiting in the global marketplace.


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Monday, November 28, 2016



Whenever we think of Chloe handbags, we think casual yet elegant functionality. These three new Chloe styles are each quite unique, but definitely still fall into the casual elegance category. 

The Mily shoulder bag features a long chain link crossbody shoulder strap along with a short leather pochette length alternate strap. The bag is offered in Black as well as Biscotti Beige for $1950 USD.

The Lexa Cross-Body Bag seems more of a long shoulder bag than a crossbody style, however the style could still work as a crossbody style for petite frames. It has a secondary shorter shoulder strap and a large top flap to keep all your contents secure. The bag is sold in many colorways for Fall / Winter 2016 and is crafter of soft grained lambskin and smooth calfskin for a retail price of $2050 USD.

Last but certainly not least we have the classic, ever functional Milo Tote. This open top tote features two side zippers that gently resemble that of the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli tote. The beautifully crafted smooth calfskin tote features a suede interior and is sold in an array of colors for Fall / Winter 2016. The retail for this versatile beauty is just $1250 USD.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Monogram Print is OUT! Its All About Minimalism and a Neutral Look

The logo 'It' bag is officially dead..........

In today’s fashion circles the once-trendy accessory just doesn’t carry the same weight that it used to. The need for loud, shouty branding is flailing in the midst of a sea change.

3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli 
But don’t just take our word for it, according to a recent report by market research group NPD a third of handbags bought by US customers in the last year have been quiet, discreet, no-logo carryalls.
Unsurprisingly, those over the age of 50 are the most unobtrusive consumers with 40 per cent opting for no-logo bags - but this isn’t a trend reserved solely for the more mature dresser.
Even Generation Z, a cast of consumers in their late teens and early 20s fixated on big branding are on board too, with their no-logo buying increasing by eight per cent.
ChloƩ 'Medium Marcie' Leather Satchel

“Consumers are becoming less focused on image and more focused on individuality – especially the younger generations,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at The NPD Group.
“While the cachet of designer logos is still relevant for many, the days of consumers looking to be a part of a designer or brand movement are waning in favour of their desire to find the style and function unique to their personality and lifestyle.”
In the 90s, logos were just as important, if not more important, than the clothes themselves and you had to decide which brands you were going to commit to. Maximalism reached fever pitch.

Oh what should we buying instead? Thanks in no small part to the success of indie brand Mansur Gavriel, whose pared-down bucket bag fired up the masses, brands like Michael Kors and Coach have cut back on their logo heavy handbags.
Instead, subtlety and a discreet, modern take on brand classics dominates. For Michael Kors, the Gracie is the most recent celebrity favourite, while the Mercer offers a chic take on the satchel.

Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote

Also going big with bags that promise to stand the test of time is Coach, who have just released Coach Icons; an installment of three key styles that have been reimagined from the archives to celebrate their 75th anniversary.

The Duffle, Saddle Bag and Dinky offer functionality and super-subtle details that give them an enduring appeal. What’s more, they tend to come at a relatively attainable price, not bargain bucket of course but they’re in general far cheaper than their heavily embroidered counterparts.
It’s refreshing to see the fashion cycle turn towards a trend that’s less about status and more about personal style. The reign of the logo handbag looks to be ending but these new iterations, while less commercial, look set to be just as popular among the fashion forward.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016


BALENCIAGA featured some jaw droppingly large handbags during their Spring 2017 runway show. Looks like the large handbag trend is in full force after seeing such gigantic bags from the Celine show, Balenciaga is right on the same trend! 

Kim Kardashian was seen at the runway show and we can only anticipate the massive bags will soon be seen in her pre-spring wardrobe. How these novelty sized handbag will be integrated into day to day life? Only time will tell.



Saturday, October 1, 2016

BAG SELLING GUIDE | Learn When It's Time to Sell Your Investment Bag

There are many reasons to sell designer handbags, but most often it comes down to money.. or bag space within your overflowing closet! Regardless of your reasoning, it's always nice to have a fresh start, and who could complain about recouping some cash from an old bag fling? There are many outlets for selling your designer handbags, purses and accessories, and just as many reasons why each bag outlet may or may not be a right fit for your purses.

There are a handful of consignment shops out there that buy designer handbags outright, but often bag resellers only offer consignment. Consignment means that you send your purses into the consignment shop and the consignment shop lists the designer handbags for sale on their website. Often the consignment shop will give you an estimate of what they anticipate selling the purses for, and also what their payout or consignment shops rate will be. A typical consignment shops rate is somewhere between 60% to 70% of the purses sale price. This means that once the bag sells, you will then be paid the pre-determined consignment shops percentage. Consignment will typically net you the highest return on your designer handbags, the only downfall is that you must wait for the purses to sell before you can be paid.

Unlike consignment only, many resellers of designer handbags will also provide a flat buyout offer. Usually this offer will be anywhere from 40% to 60% of what the seller anticipates they will sell the purses for on their end. In order to be a functional business, the reseller does need to make a profit, so don't be offended when the buyout offer may be much less than what you are seeing the purses listed for on their website. Though they may be taking a larger chunk of the overall profit from selling the designer handbags, they are also acquiring the risk and overhead that now owning the bag entails. Taking direct buyout offers from consignment shops that do offer this option is best if you are not able or willing to wait for the purses to sell on consignment. 

An additional option for selling your designer handbags would be to try and sell the purses directly to a customer yourself. Many sites, such as eBay and Tradesy allow you to list your designer handbags and sell directly to the next owner. This way to sell your purses is a bit more cumbersome than most prefer. As a direct seller, you are in charge of photographing the purses, writing an accurate description, answering any questions regarding the purses, and eventually even shipping the designer handbags once they do sell. The host site as well as monetary processing sites (such as PayPal) will take their percentage of your sale. This cut often amounts to around 10% of your selling price. Direct selling can be fun and and feel very rewarding, however more times than not, large handbag resellers can actually obtain a higher selling price for your handbags than you ever could selling the purses on your own. Many resellers provide a convenient and reliable shopping experience that their clients are willing to pay a little extra for.
As mentioned in the REAL AUTHENTICATION Buying Guide, all designer handbags are not created equal. Certain brands like Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton never go on sale and rather than lose resale value over time, can actually increase in value! Value factors like color, silhouette and textile all affect the resale value of your purses. If the handbag is viewed as a "classic" or "timeless" piece, you are likely to get more for your purses than if the piece is really wild, funky or clearly screams "I'm from the 80's!" For more information on Investment Purses and how to buy designer handbags as an investment, please click here.

Shipping is an outlier than some may not even consider when selling your beloved designer handbags. Though most consignment shops do provide you with a prepaid shipping label, if you are an international client, often times you are responsible for shipping in full, half of the shipping cost or at the very least Customs Fees. If you are acting as a Direct Seller, charging the customer shipping for your purses may hinder your sale as online consumers typically gravitate toward Free Shipping.
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