Talking about knockoff jackets with Kevin Spreekmeester, the global marketing vice president for outdoor clothing company Canada Goose, is a bit like chatting with a detective. Soft-spoken and slight, Spreekmeester is surprisingly calm, even when discussing illegal and distressing subjects.
"We know the counterfeit product is coming out of China," he says as we examine a tomato-red jacket designed to look like one of Canada Goose's own. "We know that child labor is involved. And we know that it funds organized crime."
If you're like me, you've probably always known that buying a fake Fendi is "bad" to the degree that making and selling such fraudulent products is illegal. But it turns out that knockoffs are problematic in many other ways as well, as I learned when Spreekmeester told me about the counterfeit jackets stuffed with chicken parts.
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