Remember the case of the seven former Hermès employees accused of making and selling counterfeit Birkins and Kellys?
They used their knowledge of and stolen materials from the luxury house’s fabrication to create excellent fakes that they sold as the real thing.
On September 24, 2020 the seven (plus three others) were convicted and sentenced to both jail and fines. The toughest sentence was given to one ring leader who did not appear and remains the subject of the arrest warrant: a €320,000 fine and three years in prison. Another ring leader received a one year sentence to be served at home along with a €100,000 fine. A woman who sold the bags to Asian buyers was sentenced to 30 months with 20 months suspended.
Hermès had asked for a total of €2,000,000 in damages but was awarded €850,000.