These Deisel 'Knock-Offs' Are Way Better Than Fakes

The Fashion Brand Fools Bargain Shoppers on New York's Canal Street

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Feb 12, 2018

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Just in time for New York fashion week, a knock-off shop popped up on New York's Canal Street selling what appeared to be "fake" Diesel clothing--unabashedly adorned with a misspelled version of the fashion brand's name--Deisel.

But the unsuspecting shoppers who dipped into their pockets to purchase pieces were actually scoring fashion gold, as the clothing was actually part of a limited edition line from the brand. It's just the latest cheeky play from the brand and Publicis, which in recent advertising has embraced imperfection and put sheep in people's clothing.

"Diesel has been breaking conventions in the fashion world for 40 years," says Publicis New York Chief Creative Officer Andy Bird in a statement. "Here they are again, taking a direct to consumer twist on fashion marketing, smack in the center of one of the largest fashion-centric events in the world. Now that's a real fashion statement."

"Only a brand that's been challenging conventions since the beginning, like Diesel, could literally take this road less traveled," adds Publicis New York Executive Creative Directors Luca Lorenzini and Luca Pannese.

The idea is slightly reminiscent of a move from artist Takashi Murakami, who sold fake Louis Vuitton fakes outside the Brooklyn Museum in New York as part of his exhibit there in 2008.


Feb 12, 2018
Publicis-New York
Chief Creative Officer:
Andy Bird
Executive Creative Director:
Luca Pannese
Executive Creative Director:
Luca Lorenzini
Associate Creative Director:
Bryce Hooton
Bryce Hooton
Associate Creative Director:
Kristen Koop
Art Director:
Kristen Koop
Executive Vice President, Chief Production Officer:
Lisa Bifulco
Vice President, Executive Producer:
Tim Legallo
Business Manager:
Adrienne Ludvigsen
Account Director:
Melanie Lyon
Account Director:
James Bundy
Global Chief Creative Director and Chief Executive Offier:
Bruno Bertelli
Executive Creative Director:
Cristiana Boccassini
Digital Creative Director:
Milos Obradovic
Digital Creative Director:
Mihnea Gheorghiu
Head of Social:
Stefano Perazzo
Social Media Manager:
Doina Tatu
Strategic Planner:
Noa Dekel
Account Team:
Barbara Pusca
Account Team:
Camilla Poli
Production Company:
Rival School Pictures
Andrew Lane
Executive Producer:
James Blom
Production Supervisor:
Doug Smith
Assistant Production Supervisor:
Connor Vassar
Editorial Company:
Cosmo Street
Aaron Langley
Paolo Solarte
Audio Record and Mix:
Alessandro Cristofori
Diego Perugini
Stabbiolo Music

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