Four major departments stores in Japan have recalled bracelets they were selling after discovering they were actually fakes. The accessories were thought to be original Chan Luu bracelets have been sold at the Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., Sogo & Seibu Co., Keio Department Store Co. and Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. since February last year.
The American brand, Chan Luu bracelets became in-demand when celebrities like Lady Gaga started sporting it. Isetan outlets in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Urawa, Saitama Prefecture, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture and Fuchu, Tokyo sold the products. Seibu’s Ikebukuro store in Tokyo Daimaru’s Umeda branch in Osaka, Matsuzakaya’s branch in Nagoya and Keio’s outlet in Shinjuku all sold the bracelets. Questions about its authenticity surfaced when disparities in the logo shape and materials used were spotted by keen observers. Chan Luu is a member of a trademark protection organization and they were the ones that noticed the difference.
The bracelets cost around 10,000 yen ($96) to 20,000 yen and it was estimated that around 170 of the fake ones were sold between February to December last year. Further probes showed that the department stores bought the bracelets from Maruyama Shokai in Shizuoka. The general merchandise company, meanwhile, said that it purchased the bracelets from online auctions and other trade venues. The four department stores promised to refund their customers even while further investigation on the matter continues.
[via The Asahi Shimbun]