Fake Fenty

PUMA official tells court merchandise sold by Ouch Boutique were not the real thing

PUMA merchandise, including Fenty by Rihanna items, on sale by Ouch Boutique were “definitely fakes”.

That was the evidence of visiting PUMA trademark specialist, Louis Comvalius, as the case against the director of The City boutique, Grenville Ricardo Delpeache, began in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’’ Court, before Magistrate Graveney Bannister today.

Delpeache, 44, of Passage Road, Passage Gardens, St Michael is on trial for allegedly selling PUMA Fenty by Rihanna and Creeper Sneakers and PUMA Fenty slippers; exposing for sale 17 Puma slippers, seven single shoes and 31 backpacks which were counterfeit. The offences were allegedly committed in May last year.

Comvalius, who is based in Curaçao and has been with the PUMA brand since 2006, distinguishes genuine goods from those that are counterfeit.

Attorney-at-law Satcha Kissoon (left) and Director of Ouch Boutique Grenville Ricardo Delpeache.
Puma Trademark Specialist Louis Comvalius (left) and attorney-at-law Mark Hope.

He explained that he was here in May last year after getting pictures of a pair of Fenty slippers from attorney-at-law Mark Hope.

Hope, who also gave evidence today, disclosed that his 28-year-old daughter said she purchased the wine/burgundy coloured item from the store located on Swan Street.

The specialist said at first glance the item appeared to be fake and communicated that to Hope, who is also affiliated with PUMA.

In response to questions by the prosecutor, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Trevor Blackman, Comvalius categorically stated that the items, which were were put on display in the court, “are false”.

He explained that the slippers, which retail for around US$200, did not have the particulars of the genuine product as the quality was different; the fur on the slippers was not properly attached to the sole; the embroidery of the PUMA cat was “off”; the label was not that of the genuine PUMA and the care tag was in an Asian language not used by the trademark. The slippers, he said, were also not the same weight as the originals and the packaging was missing as the slippers came in boxes.

The Fenty Creeper Sneakers “which is the most counterfeited shoe at the moment”, and retails for BDS$450 and US$225 were also “cheap counterfeits”.

Another shoe, he said, was “so easy to detect” it was counterfeit as it was branded as “suede” and “this was the leather version”.

The bags he identified were “definitely fakes” as they had the wrong labels and wrong information.

“The hand tags are full of spelling mistakes, in German, Spanish, French, English and that does not happen with genuine PUMA products.”

In fact, he said with the German tag only the word PUMA was spelt correctly and the French was “even worse”.

Under cross-examination by Satcha Kissoon, Comvalius explained that while a consumer may not be able to tell the difference between a genuine and fake product, a merchandiser should.

“Your client is not a general consumer,” he stated before the case was adjourned until Wednesday, January 24.

The Crown still has six witnesses to put on the stand while the defence has three, including the accused.

However, Delpeache is not the only one facing such offences. Rihanna’s uncle Leroy Fitzgerald Brathwaite will also appear in court next Tuesday on similar charges.

The 53-year-old local businessman of 1st Avenue, Gooding Road, Station Hill, St Michael is accused of committing three offences under Section 15 of the Consumer Protection Act on May 29 by falsely representing that 11 pairs of slippers and 13 t-shirts were of a particular PUMA standard, quality, style or model.

He is also accused of exposing the goods for sale on the same day, intending to benefit from their sale, and exposing the items for sale without the consent of the owner of the PUMA trademark.

Brathwaite has denied the charges and is currently on $1,000 bail.

44 Responses to Fake Fenty

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan January 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Umm is really Ouch now….Puma pinching yuh tail after yuh juck out Bajans eye..see who will cry Ouch now

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  2. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith January 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Got real people in BIM posing big with fake brand.

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  3. Vincent A. Adamson
    Vincent A. Adamson January 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I wonder if the representatives of puma can’t find Venezuela,Trinidad ,China etc ?I ain’t saying it’s right to sell knock offs but this baffles me.

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  4. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale January 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    95% of those these clothing and shoes stores in Bim selling pure counterfeits ,

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  5. Nicole Cornelius
    Nicole Cornelius January 16, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    They are fakes clothing and shoes all over the world every body got to eat and drink and half of the ppl don’t know the difference

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    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith January 17, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Fake shoes but look at the price they were selling for. Selling fake shoes to the poor at a high cost so you can get rich.

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    • Nicole Cornelius
      Nicole Cornelius January 17, 2018 at 9:16 am

      And the ppl that say they poor still buying them although they think that they are fake

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  6. Vincent A. Adamson
    Vincent A. Adamson January 16, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    This deeper than we think … this small island out of big big world ?

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  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry January 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    $100 house shoes
    # not4me

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  8. Lilpatrick Bourne
    Lilpatrick Bourne January 17, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Everything thts original has a knockoff to it ….. why not go after the suppliers as well….. Am I eligible for a refund if I had purchase any of those knockoffs if I was led to believe they’re ORIGINALS??? LOL

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  9. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward January 17, 2018 at 12:39 am

    They selling fakes at ridiculous prices this is bad, they are some who do sell knockoffs but at a cheaper price oh well.

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  10. Dianne Griffith
    Dianne Griffith January 17, 2018 at 5:41 am

    But these ppl did not make these puma shoes and bags here so i think they needs to go back and find who is manufacturing these knock off first huh amazing all brands have immatations

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  11. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 17, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Authentic they cry. I don’t by imme they say. Haaaa. Tek that Sally Spectra movec. Look folk the first pattern or first is the original all the rest are copies.
    99.9% of sellers know things are not for the price they sell. Dont be fooled. Nothing wrong with making a profit but digging out people eyes is wrong.

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  12. Vincent A. Adamson
    Vincent A. Adamson January 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Another point is….they don’t make fake puma in Barbados .So you telling me you can’t find the makers of fake shoes ?But they can’t touch them cause there are in China/Taiwan .And to make it worse that’s where the originals are made .But you looking to confuse a drop of water in the ocean.This world mix up and unfair.But y

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  13. Bradg January 17, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Some of these comments on here are shocking….are we really that ignorant??

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  14. Kim A Bourne
    Kim A Bourne January 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I realise ppl asking why they can’t look for suppliers or why target Barbados….but as consumers…aren’t y’all glad that you are being protected against these merchants who getting rich by selling you fake merchandise at exorbitant prices? Come on…every coin has two sides though…open ya eyes

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  15. Tamara Dottin
    Tamara Dottin January 17, 2018 at 8:13 am

    How can you take fake shoes an sell them for the price of the originals. Her own uncle is the biggest scam cause people would feel because of his association her selling the real deal if they were kids they would get a spanking but they ate adults let the court spank their pockets.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward January 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

      True $200 USD is a real rip off for real

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    • Tamara Dottin
      Tamara Dottin January 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Alrite then and them mussy buy the for $10 us.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward January 17, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Not even Cave Shepherd sell shoes for that kinda of money “I think” lol

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    • Tamara Dottin
      Tamara Dottin January 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Them is do the same thing with Levi we got to get the Levi people down here lol

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward January 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

      But I believe they deal with original brands though they know better trust me lol

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    • Tamara Dottin
      Tamara Dottin January 17, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Yes but they want nuff profit yea see. I would rather buy a leather bag than buy fluffy slippers lol

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward January 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

      U does talk nuff foolishness hahahahaha

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 17, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Ashanda Coward a shoe store on same street as cave shepherd sells her shoes for almost $500.00 bds$ nothing special about any of them all glue rubber synthetic made in China! So if people can pay let them I was not impressed at a puma fenty very ordinary casual sport type foot wear just saying

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  16. Richard Johnston January 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Knocking off pretentious branded merchandise is the nearest thing to a victimless crime you can find.

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  17. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

    How would I know that the puma that I bought from the wholesalers over seas are fake. Not even the judge him self can’t know when these items are fake. They should be going after the people who sell Ricardo the items. They not solving the problem.

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  18. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 17, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Not only fake puma a lot of fake Nike all over bridgetown. Nike representative soon coming to Barbados.

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  19. Donild Trimp January 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I am a strong believer in buyer beware. Consumers do have a choice and it must be understood that no merchant forces a customer to buy their products.

    If a consumer in Barbados choses to pay $500 for a pair of shoes, that is their choice.

    If a merchant chooses to knowingly sell rip-off merchandise and is caught, so be it but I am not in favour of targeting these business people who sell rip-off merchandise.

    Rip-off merchandise is sold openly in New York, London and Toronto.

    The Police do raid these businesses but they are beginning to turn a blind eye due to limited resources.

    The impact on the Barbados economy is so marginal as it pertains to this rip-off merchandise issue that I believe it is not worth pursuing.

    A waste of precious time and resources. Let the fools buy their $500 rip-off shoes and stop harassing the merchants.

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  20. Alex Alleyne January 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

    NOW that we know that the shoes are “FAKE”, so if I still have my receipt does this mean I can go back to the store and get my money back ??.
    Maybe his Lawyer done tell he to file bankrupt to avoid such a backlash.

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  21. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Ferensics at it’s best!

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  22. nanci January 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    PUMA fake shoes, bags, are all on sale in NY, why cant they target them. Also PUMA want to sell people their shoes, which can cost of 300 dollars. Nike also have fake brands, but the nike sign is the other way around. Lots of fake brands items are selling everywhere, the material looks like real leather but its not, they call it synthetic leather. People will buy the fake ones, because they look real, but they are not, but when you look at it, the fake shoes and bags made from the same material, not real leather, but who can tell whats real and whats not.

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  23. nanci January 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    one of these bloggers hit it right on, even the real shoes and bags, how would you know they are made from the real leather, they all mix the real leather with the synthetic, and people buy them at 300 US dollars. Take for instance the shoes that sell at payless, and famous footwear, they look like the brand name shoes, but dont have the sign, so people pay over 500 dollars for a sign on their shoes. When you really look at the shoes, and match them with the fake ones, you dont see any difference. The only difference is the nike or PUMA sign, thats why people paying for. The fenty PUMA shoes, they are all fake, a little water hit them and they are gone.

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  24. nanci January 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    At famous footwear or Zappa shoes, you get really good leather, but they dont have the PUMA or Nike sign, but they look the same, I know zappos or famous footwear not in barbados, but people who travel can prove that for themselves, just shop there one day and see, also zappos is an online store, so you can order online, but i dont know what is the charge to send to barbados. if you buy from zappos its really good leather, or even nine west. Minus the sign, and much cheaper.

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  25. Alex Alleyne January 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Let us also go after those shops that bring in the “fake China cloth” and sell them off as “AFRICAN KINTA METERIAL”.

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  26. Alex Alleyne January 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    KENTE MATERIAL.

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  27. Kevin January 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    If these business places were selling the fakes at a much reduced prices than the original, I wont mind. But they selling at the same price or more than the original. Yes, they should be called out for that and made to stop.

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  28. Tony Webster January 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Lawd…some ppl would buy the Brooklyn Bridge…..or even a “genuine” drinking straw that the lady used to drink coconut water with.
    Caveat emptor, or there’s one born every day?

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  29. sheila Mcintosh January 18, 2018 at 4:33 am

    The government must get behind and investigated these frauds, that exploit the poor people, it is not a good name for Rhinna, her relative should do the right thing and be honest which is the best policy, it is time bajans buy local product and build their economy instead of buying overseas junk from China. What happen to the beautiful shoes and hanbags the rastafarians made in the islands?we poor people need to support our own industries instead of buying foreign junk don’t know if it is fake or real,some merchants are corrupted, they will do anything to make money , the government should monitor then closely , same dishonest deals go on in New York Canal Street, most of the stuff sold there is fake also.

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