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Victoria's Secret is being sued over some fishy fish-nets. WWD reports that Victoria's Secret Stores Inc. and its parent company, Limited Brands Inc., have been accused of selling "knockoffs" of Zephyrs pantyhose to "unsuspecting consumers."Allegedly, Victoria's Secret is selling cheaper, "Made in Canada" hoisery while continuing to use images of Zephyrs' fancier "Made in Italy" legwear on packaging and in-store displays. Specifically, the suit refers to Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and a Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows, among others, and Zephyrs is suing the companies for $15 million.
If true, this is an issue for consumers because the hose are supposedly rendered in "cheaper lace trims, irregular borders, missing heel reinforcements and less durable construction." It's an issue for Zephyrs because Victoria Secret is allegedly breeching contract by using substitute wares. And it's an issue for fetishists everywhere, because, honestly, if you're paying $18 for a pair of fishnets, you're going to want them to last for at least two rounds of Anastasia Steele role play.
· Zephyrs Sues Victoria's Secret [WWD]
· Hose For Bros: Five Names for the New Mantyhose Trend [Racked]