Prom season is the time when excitable teenagers and their parents visit businesses - both local and online - in search of showy, expensive gowns and tuxedos for the end-of-the-year celebration with their friends. This time of year can be a major boon for businesses in need of a little extra profit, but many teens' dollars are going elsewhere as they seek more affordable options, though often, they end up getting a lot less than what they hoped for.
It’s MAGIC time again, and many brands are putting their best foot forward at Platform in Vegas this week. Whether it’s with the latest updates in footwear designs, styles and color trends, or being the first to market with the latest interactive wearable technology. Everyone is out to impress the masses, and step out on the runway in high fashion.
This year MAGIC is taking an exciting new approach, hoping to help everyone and every brand customize their experience and make the most of their time in Vegas. It’s a unique opportunity to take a standard trade show and turn it into your own customized business network.They’ve designed the conference in such a way to allow attendees to become more actively involved, created more thoughtful meeting area and tools to encourage more opportunity for face to face communication, and allow for local inspiration.
Last year brought a hefty haul for the U.S. agencies tasked with finding and seizing counterfeit items before they seep too deeply into product pipelines.
Though protecting brands from criminals and their knock-off goods is quite the job, the groups tasked with finding the counterfeits have been making progress. Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations - two groups tasked with seizing knock-offs, along with the Department of Homeland Security - announced results for the 2014 fiscal year.
A group of guys on the sidewalk yelling out to passersby, a table buckling under the weight of the mountain of handbags towering on top of them - this is the typical image of knock-off products being sold on the streets, but fake handbag sales aren't limited to the streets.
The counterfeit threat to athletic footwear brands are enormous: loss of market share, lower profits for diverted goods, loss of brand integrity, growing market appeal for poor quality imitations, and potential warranty issues for low quality fakes. Brand owners must put their best foot forward in the fight against counterfeiting, but first, it’s important to understand the source of this growing issue.
Why Athletic Footwear is Counterfeited
The more market visibility a brand gains, the more susceptible they are to counterfeiting. And with the global athletic apparel industry in total set to reach $125 billion by 2017, which includes athletic shoes, the market potential is vast. Fast paced trends and technologies
I’ve always had a passion for fashion and, being based in Italy, I’m afforded the opportunity see firsthand the creations of the greatest designers in the world on a regular basis. However, every new color, form, design and fashion show inspires not only the fashion world at-large, but also the underground world of counterfeits. Walk around in any major city and you’ll see stalls upon stalls of knock-off designs created to mirror the real thing – and the problem is even greater online.
While August weather means primetime for beach-goers, it’s also primetime for online scammers and counterfeiters, who prey on unsuspecting buyers attracted to deeply discounted items.