It looks like Victoria’s Secret is in a bit of hot water this morning after their former hosiery supplier, New Jersey-based Zephyrs, accused VS of selling “knockoffs” of their patented legwear designs while using their packaging. The supplier filed suit in Ohio, charging Victoria’s Secret with deliberately using its images and designs on packaging and in-store displays, while selling a cheaper version of the product inside, WWD reports. They’re suing the lingerie retail giant to the tune of $15 million for breach of contract.
According to Zephrys’ lawyer, Victoria’s Secret has sold “at least $120 million worth of Zephyrs-designed product” since 2001, changing only the outside label from “Made in Italy” to “Made in Canada.” Very slick, VS!
According to WWD, the owner of Zephyrs, Debra MacKinnon, came across the discrepancy earlier this year, when she picked up a package in store and found that the product inside was drastically different than the image on the package. In addition to the hot $15 million, the supplier is also seeking “corrective advertising” and a recall of the accused products, which could break consumer trust going forward.
Victoria’s Secret seems to be laying low throughout the alleged switch-a-roo for now, but we’ll keep you updated on any breaks in the story. Now’s probably a good time to check if your new fall legwear looks different than the packaging it’s in.
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