Louis Vuitton appears to have come up with a fool-proof way of ensuring pirates do not rip off its bags by mimicking designs that any self-respecting Chinese fashion enthusiast wouldn't be seen dead with.

The brand's latest fashion show revealed Louis Vuitton bags that closely resemble the plaid red-blue-white bags regularly seen with poor farmers at Shanghai Railway Station.

"In one stroke, LV have devised the ultimate anti-piracy campaign in China", reads one reply to the blog that first spotted the match at: http://msittig.blogspot.com

By Michael Fitzpatrick.