In a record breaking victory against counterfeiting, Tory Burch was awarded $164 million from the hundreds of online locales selling fake footwear, handbags and accessories claiming to be by the socialite designer. Additionally, 232 domain names that sold counterfeit Tory Burch goods were shut down and handed over to the label. Don't expect new sites to start springing up anytime soon, Tory Burch has the right to shut down any new sites created in the future. (Hello, Christian Louboutin? Are you paying attention
Steven Kolb, executive directer of the CFDA told WWD
: "This is an important victory for Tory and all designers. Counterfeiting not only robs the designer of what is rightfully theirs, but also negatively impacts the American economy and the jobs associated with designers' investments." If Tory Burch can win big, who will be next?
Check out a video of Tory Burch's Fall 2011 Runway show at New York Fashion Week to see the real deal: