Local Boutiques Speak up On Divine Fragrance Raid

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - What girl doesn't want to own a designer purse or sunglasses, unfortunately as we all know they can be a bit pricey. That's why some boutiques such as Divine Fragrance opted to sell these knock-offs because there is a demand for them. For one local boutique owner, she says she will not allow that type of merchandise in her store.

"Well it's always surprising to hear, but I am not surprised. There are quite a few boutiques that sell knock-off items, it's not good for business of course. You don't want people to think that you are doing the same thing," Sherry Hale, Owner of The Bling Boutique, said.

Hale tells NewsWest 9 she has several vendors that sell in her business, but she says she's watchful that knock-offs don't make their way inside.

"I have vendors in my store who sell merchandise and I approve all of the merchandise that they sell before I let them come in. I've had people ask about selling the knock-off purses and I just won't allow it," Hale said.

She says if there wasn't a demand for the fake designer handbags, there wouldn't be a market for them.

"There's a ton of people selling the knock-offs, I know they are illegal, but they got them everywhere and obviously there is a huge market for that, but people can tell if they're knock-offs or if they are real," Hale said.

Shelly Viers, owner of Leather and Lace Boutique and Salon, tells NewsWest 9 with Christmas right around the corner she fears the raid of Divine Fragrance could have a negative impact on local boutiques.

"Like people are shopping around the season and everything they may not want to come in to some of our local stores, but if you walk in and see that it's a good atmosphere they may shop," Viers said.

Viers says for people who sell knock-offs it's easy to make a quick buck from the fake purses but few think of the consequences.

"It's so easy to buy knock-offs, but if you do it the right way, it will benefit you later on. It's hard work to have a store so you have to do it the right way, if you do it the wrong way, it's gonna come and bite you at the end," Viers said.

NewsWest 9 contacted the local Immigration and Enforcement and Customs Agency to get more details on the Divine Fragrance Case, they didn't return our calls.