1. Useful Vocabulary:
street market уличный рынок
fake подделка, фальшивка
2. The text:
Walk into a
street market anywhere from
with the distinctive CK logo of Calvin Klein, the
price is very low, the T-shirts are probably fakes. Calvin Klein, like
most other internationally-known fashion designers, has, for a long time, had
problems with counterfeiters selling poor-quality merchandise
bearing his brand name. Now he is doing something about it. “As the Calvin
Klein brand has become well-known, we’ve seen a big increase in counterfeit activity”, says Gabriella Forte, chief executive of Calvin
Klein. “The better-known the brand name, the more people want to rip it off”.
In the past
Calvin Klein took a relatively passive approach to the counterfeit problem. The
company has now got tougher by establishing a network of employees and external
specialists to uncover copyright abuse.
began with a general change in corporate strategy whereby Calvin Klein has
aggressively expanded its interests outside
Calvin Klein has been one of the leading designers in the North American market
since the mid-1970s. Now Calvin Klein is building up its fashion business in
other countries. It has increased its investment in advertising, and
restructured its licensing arrangements by signing long-term deals wit partners
for entire regions such as Europe or
rather than giving licensing rights to individual countries. But as sales and
brand awareness have risen, Calvin Klein has become an increasingly popular
target for Asian and European counterfeiters, alongside other luxury brands
such as Gucci, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
goods, mostly T-shirts, jeans and baseball caps, not only reduce the company’s
own sales but damage its brand image by linking it to poor quality merchandise.
“You’d be amazed at how many people pay $5 for a T-shirt without realizing it’s
counterfeit”, said one executive.
From The Financial Times
3. Provocative thinking:
1. Have you
ever bought a fake? If yes, what was that? Did you know it was a fake?
2. How can
common people tell a fake from a real product?
kind of industry has more fakes in the market?
4. In what
industry counterfeiting has the worst effect on customers?
means can you suggest to fight counterfeiters?
4. True or false, according to the article:
Klein has always been fighting counterfeiters.
produce much more harm than just reducing company’s own sales.
3. The more
popular the merchandise is, the more problems the producers have with
Klein has been one of the leading designers in since the mid-1990s.
Klein policy is to give license rights to individual countries.
5. Fill in the prepositions if necessary:
1. It takes
nearly half an hour to get ____ the centre of
been known ____ one ____ the leading food producers
products ____ this German company are widely known …
4. We can
not eave Peter ____ trouble – let’s do something ____ it!
fantastic jeans you’ve got! I recognize ____ the style ____ Levi’s.
6. Match the words to their meaning:
1. restructure a. the symbol of the
company or other organization
2. to rip off b. taking strong
actions all over the world
3. licensing rights c. a large number of people or
organizations working together as a system
4. global offensive d. to sell illegal copies of a
brand as if they are the real thing
5. a network e. a person who copies
goods in order to trick people
6. logo f. plans of a
company to achieve its objectives
7. merchandise g. agreements which allow a
company to make and sell a registered product locally
8. copyright abuse h. to change the way something
9. counterfeiter i.
to copy somebody else’s work without permission
10.corporate strategy j. goods for sale
7. Match the word pairs from the text and
compose the sentences of your own using them.
1. distinctive a.
2. to establish b.
3. to be c.
4. poor d.
5. to expand e.
6. investment f.
7. fashion g.
8. to damage h.
a brand image
9. a big i. logo
10. internationally j.
8. Try to give an English definition to the
1. fashion – ____________
2. designer – ____________
3. brand – ____________
4. leader – ____________
5. licence – ____________
9. Find antonyms to the following words:
1. fake – ____________
well-known – ____________
3. to sell – ____________
4. general – ____________
5. to increase – ____________
10. Make up a dialog between:
1. A fashion designer and the counterfeiter of its production;
2. A counterfeiter and a police officer who duty is to catch the
3. A prominent fashion designer and a young talented but inexperienced
4. 1. F; 2. T; 3. T; 4.
F; 5. F
5. 1. from, to; 2. as, of, since; 3. of, outside; 4. in, about; 5. –, of
6. 1. h; 2. d; 3. g; 4. b;
5. c; 6. a; 7. j; 8. i;
9. e; 10. f
7. 1. i; 2. j; 3. g; 4. a;
5. b; 6. c; 7. f; 8. h; 9. d;
Compiled by Alyona Pavlova