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Fashion Brands, 3rd Edition by Mark Tungate

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19

The faking game

The biggest factory of fakes in the world.

There are two good reasons to visit the Temple Street night market in Hong Kong. The first is the steamed prawns with garlic sauce and fried noodles at the Tak Kee Seafood Restaurant. The second is to marvel at the vast array of counterfeit branded goods on sale (without actually buying any of them, of course). Bags bearing the Louis Vuitton monogram and the Burberry check are everywhere: lined up in neat rows on aircraft carrier-sized trestle tables, or hanging from hooks on fences of wire mesh. There’s plenty of Dior, too; not to mention Gucci, Fendi and Coach. When I finger some ‘Omega’ watches on one stall, a young man hands me a ring-binder full of photographs – a catalogue ...

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