Trump’s Trade War Brings Unexpected Boom for Knockoff Designer Bags from China


Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law, was quoted in a Washington Post article about the impact of President Trump’s trade war with China.

If prices for brand-name bags swell on international markets because of tariffs, Lulu predicts it can only be good for Chinese knockoffs. “More people will think: ‘Why not just buy a bag here?’ ” she said.

The next wave of tariffs targets another $200 billion in Chinese imports, including handbags, leather and silk.

This prospect alarms both American fashion designers and global authorities, because U.S. firms already lose billions each year to counterfeiters. Officials also link knockoff sales to organized crime groups that exploit child labor.

“A tariff on a genuine bag is a subsidy for a fake,” said Susan Scafidi, a New York fashion lawyer focused on intellectual property.

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