A COUPLE have been accused of selling counterfeit UGG boots and handbags for as little as £20.
Dawn and John Potter, of Heeley Road, Kettlethorpe, have been charged with offering 80 UGG handbags for sale – which normally retail for £120 – that were likely to be mistaken for the registered trade mark of UGG Australia.
Other Trades Mark Act charges relate to nine pairs of UGG boots, five pairs of UGG slippers, eight pairs of UGG gloves, three of their scarves and three Pandora bracelets.
Potter, 45, and his 44-year-old wife also face a similar charge relating to a North Face jacket.
His brother, Steven Andrew Potter, also faces the same seven trade mark offences.
But the 39-year-old, of Leeds Road, Castleford, faces a separate charge of evading duty on 800 cigarettes.
All the offences are alleged to have happened in Castleford last December.
No pleas were entered when all three appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
District Judge Marie Mallon said their cases should ultimately be heard Leeds Crown Court.
The case was adjourned until September.
The UGG Australia brand is perhaps best known for its classic sheepskin boots, worn by both men and women.
The roots of UGG Australia can be traced back to the sandy Antipodean beaches where Aussie surfers began wearing sheepskin footwear for warmth between sessions.
The focus then shifted to Southern California and by 2000 the company had cracked the tough New York fashion market.
The appeal of UGG extended to Europe in mid 2000 when UGG boots and shoes were regularly seen on the streets of London and Paris.