September 18, 2014 — Professor Kal Raustiala is quoted in Agence France-Presse on the practice of copycat designers producing mass market versions of the latest designer outfits.
Kal Raustiala, a law professor at UCLA and co-author of the book "The Knockoff Economy" said the practice was so widespread that most designers felt powerless to stop it.
"Knock-offs are everywhere. They're almost an accepted part of the reality of this world," he told AFP.
Raustiala said he became interested in the subject after a friend who worked in fashion told him about a "comparison shopping" trip he had been on to London.
"I think there are different phrases used but what he was doing was going around London looking at clothes, taking pictures and bringing things back to copy," he said.
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