The seizure of goods marks the end of a yearlong investigation into five Chinese-run clothing manufacturers in Rome. The manufacturers had been shipping the clothing to Florence for distribution. There are currently no details on where these counterfeit clothes are sold or if any of them made their way to the U.S. The BBC adds that "police also seized knockoff merino wool, silk and pashmina garments," which may have been made from similar materials. Fourteen Chinese-born people may face fraud charges as a result of the raid.
So, there you have it. The lowly rat, favorite pet of weird kids and gutter punks alike, makes its fashion debut, possibly in an inexpensive pashmina or wool coat near you. As avowed fans of cashmere — but not so much paying three figures for it — we're not taking the news well. Excuse us while we side-eye that so-soft, gray cashmere-blend sweater we got a screaming deal on last month... (The Huffington Post)
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