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If it looks like Nelson Mandela and talks like Nelson Mandela, someone's going to think it's Nelson Mandela. Or at least that's the concern of the Nelson Mandela Foundation of North America regarding fashion line 466/64, which is using the civil rights activist's prison number in their brand name and his quotes in their marketing materials. The foundation's rep said, "[466/64 is] deliberately misleading people in the fashion industry [...] They cleverly use [Mandela's] quotes in their advertising, but this is not his line of clothing; he did not launch it, nor is he associated with it." In others news, a special place in fashion hell has been discovered for folks that use civil-rights heroes to sell shoes. [WWD]