Blog: Leonie BarrieFakes seller warns fakers

Leonie Barrie | 29 January 2008

There’s something more than a touch ironic about a Beijing clothing market, which is famous for selling fakes, starting its own line of brand-name products – and then issuing a warning to counterfeiters to stay away. Yet that’s exactly what’s happened in the case of The Beijing Silk Street Co Ltd, operator of the Silk Street market, which has now launched a Silkstreet line of shirts, ties and scarves.

However, if anyone tries to sell fake Silkstreet goods, the market’s manager warns they will be dealt with “according to the law.” This might not be quiet the threat it seems, since laws against counterfeiting are rarely enforced in Chine, but nevertheless it seems like the organisers are finally getting a taste of their own medicine.

Or are they? This quote from CCTV.com suggests there is still some way to go: “Some famous brands are made in China anyway, so we just have to 'substitute' the North Face brand with Silkstreet. And with help from consumers, I'm sure this will work.”

As they say, you just couldn’t make it up.

CHINA: Silk Street market owners roll out brand


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