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Apparel & Luxury Protection Solutions

One of the most significant issues faced by a brand owner is counterfeiting and piracy. In fact, today’s global financial system bears the staggering statistic of $650 billion worth of goods bought and sold through the black market every year – medicine, cosmetics, fashion accessories, toys and electronic goods being just the tip of this disastrous iceberg. A company risks a great deal more than just a few dollars if they don’t take immediate steps to control this ever-present menace.


February 2013 - U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers seized 1,500 high-fashion leather handbags bearing counterfeit “Hermès” listed trademark. If genuine, the seized handbags had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $14,100,000. Photo taken by: Jaime Ruiz

Not surprisingly, our combined economies account for huge losses related to counterfeit trading activities, an illegal industry that has expanded in profit by over 400% since the late ‘90s. Aside from the obvious illegality, most consumers have little or no knowledge about the broader socioeconomic implications of buying counterfeit products: unemployment, curbing budgets allocated for local communities, even something as extreme as providing funding for terrorism. The United States economy estimates an annual loss of $200 billion to counterfeit commodities and over 7 million domestic jobs according to an IACC survey. A report by the European Union charts a frightening increase in the counterfeit trade as of July 2012, with China as the primary gateway through which pirated goods are being shipped.

While figures such as these are self-explanatory, many aspects of this global problem are not. Recognising whether or not the commodities that you regularly purchase are genuine is an increasingly difficult task, and one must take the time to become familiar with the ways of identifying a pirated product.


It’s important to learn the facts and figures on counterfeit products within specific industries, giving rise to a broader and more effective understanding of piracy and its key problems:

  • Low political priority given to counterfeit control issues

  • Low convictions and poor punishment rates for those convicted of piracy

  • Difficulty in policing the multiple stages of a single piracy transaction

  • Poor coordination between stakeholders, especially across trade borders

  • An increase in sophisticated piracy worldwide, made easier by all the above


One of the most critical areas requiring effective brand protection is the apparel and luxury brand industry – a market where a disproportionate amount of its products (almost 98%) are manufactured in foreign locations. As a result, frequent breakdowns take place throughout the worldwide supply chain that are increasingly difficult to police.

While offshore manufacturing costs might be significantly lower, brand owners are faced by the challenges of decentralised operations, unregulated third-party activity and tampered product sales.


Market globalisation, the Internet and rapid technological advancements have made it easier for pirates to take advantage of established international brands – entering the supply chain at manufacturing and retail phases to offload their fraudulent merchandise, while undercutting and compromising the integrity of genuine brands.


NanoTag's High Security Authentication Label uses our patented encryption technology to authenticate and identify genuine products.

NanoTag Technology can help apparel and luxury brands develop innovative overt and covert security systems for their individual Apparel & Luxury Protection needs.

Our technologists and designers liaise with your creative team to seamlessly integrate a premium labeling and brand protection system to your existing manufacturing and retailing methods.


Utilising NanoTag’s state of the art microdot taggants, our apparel and luxury brand-protection solutions offer:

  • The ultimate in flexibility for tailored security systems

  • Peace of mind throughout the supply chain

  • Simple, cost-effective analytical and monitoring tools

  • Seamless integration and implementation


NanoTag Technology has the solution! Contact NanoTag today for a fully customised, overt or covert authentication and identification solutions for apparel & luxury products.


(This blog was originally written by Irina Kalonatchi)

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