Saturday, July 30, 2011
Hermès for Target?
When my mother and I were in Target the other day we came across these bracelets, blatant ripoffs of the very famous bracelets sold at Hermès, so I couldn't resist putting them on while my mother took pictures with her iPhone. I've tried on the real thing at the Hermès Wall Street store, and of course they're much heavier and more gorgeous than these flimsy knockoffs.
Target's version of the Hermès Collier de Chien bracelet, $16.99. The real one retails for around $1,000.
A close-up of the real Collier de Chien made by Hermès. This one is made of navy crocodile and is available at Fashionphile.com for $2,095. Photo by Fashionphile.com.
Target's version of the Kelly Double Tour bracelet.
Plastic wrap still on the "Kelly" lock.
The Kelly Double Tour bracelet by Hermès. This one, in black Chamonix leather, is available at Fashionphile for $745, which is bizarre, since you can buy one directly from Hermès.com for $430. Photo by Fashionphile.com.
I would think the Hermès intellectual property lawyers would be all over this case. Those are pretty distinctive design features that I wouldn't be surprised to learn have been copyrighted, patented, or both.