Gucci to Quit U.S. Anti-Counterfeiting Group

“The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based group, announced mid-April that it would be opening up membership to “intermediaries,” with China’s biggest e-commerce player Alibaba as the first to join — and luxury brands are not pleased. According to a report by Associated Press, Gucci notified the group it would be leaving last Wednesday.

Gucci joins Michael Kors, which quit the group in April after calling Alibaba “our most dangerous and damaging adversary.” Alibaba has long been unpopular with the luxury world: Currently, it is being sued by Kering Group for selling knockoffs of its brands, such as Gucci and Saint Laurent, to customers in the U.S.”

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