Blog: Leonie BarrieStylish refugees

Leonie Barrie | 9 September 2005

It’s not often we have anything positive to say about fake clothing, but it would appear that it has its uses after all. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the US customs service has delivered 100,000 counterfeit garments, worth an estimated $2.3 million and bearing fake designer labels, to the Houston Astrodome which is being used as a temporary shelter. The shipment, which was seized for violations of US copyright laws and import quotas, includes men’s, women’s and children's slacks, blouses, jeans, shorts, and jackets. Amid all the horror, this will be one of the finest-dressed shelters that there's ever been.

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