Officers assigned to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have seized more than 20,000 counterfeit Christian Louboutin women's shoes over the last month, footwear with a potential retail value of $18 million, federal officials said Thursday.
Between July 27 and Aug. 14, import specialists and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized five shipments from China that violated the trademark of French designer Christian Louboutin, whose high-end pumps and high heels feature a distinctive red sole.
Federal officials contend that sales of counterfeit fashion commodities deliver illegal profits to smugglers and traffickers and trick the public into thinking they have purchased an original product at a major discount.
Customs and Border Protection enforces intellectual property rights. During the last fiscal year, its officers made 1,020 seizures at the L.A.-Long Beach port complex, an 18% increase from the previous year.