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Knockoff News 31

A weekly (or thereabouts) collection of news about counterfeits, fakes, knockoffs, replicas, imitations, and the culture of copying in general around the globe:

And finally, the Museum of the City of New York kicks off Fashion Week with an exhibit devoted to African-American style -- and Wall Street Journal reporter Teri Agins comments on the challenge of knockoffs to emerging designers:

The bottom line, Agins said, is the bottom line.

“The business is tough. There are knockoffs, and counterfeit product is something you see on Canal Street,” in Manhattan, Agins said. Because of the Internet and digital photos that can transmit a look anywhere in the world within minutes of it crossing a runway, “it’s hard for any designer to break in and establish a look.”