Credible fakes pose real problems for Hermès
For just a few thousand euros, a discreet Chinese retailer has been providing the French brand's demanding customers with fake Birkin and Kelly bags that are nearly identical to the originals.
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Soaring energy prices are putting a huge strain on textile factories, with luxury subcontractors heavily affected. Some have already switched to night work to cut costs, while the sector's lobbyists are busy seeking solutions behind the scenes.
Luxury's big names are appealing to H&M and Zara parent company Inditex via France's fashion federation with a view to developing clothing sustainability criteria that work in their favour, and that can feature on their garments without harming their businesses.
The sustainability incentive scheme set up by France's AGEC law has led to a fierce dispute between textile manufacturers and large retailers at Refashion, the industry's eco-organisation. Luxury's big names are finding themselves caught in the crossfire.