When Luis Vuitton collaborated with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to make a series of high-end bags, they became one of LV’s most successful ventures ever. So successful in fact, that one of LV’s biggest problems is copycats who would sell fake Murakami LV bags at discount prices.
In 2008, the Brooklyn Museum held a Takashi Murakami exhibit called “© MURAKAMI”. As part of the exhibit, they hired people who were selling fake Murakami LV bags on the streets of Manhattan to sell REAL Murakami bags outside the museum. These street vendors were basically being paid to sell authentic $800 bags on the street—in classic cheap knockoff stand fashion—where they would otherwise be selling fake Murakami bags. Fucking meta!