Adidas, the world’s largest footwear company, on Monday suspended sales of womens apparel online.
The decision follows an investigation into a counterfeit Adidas womens shoe that was found to be counterfeit.
The company said that online sales of some of its womens brands were suspended.
“The decision was made based on the number of verified reports of counterfeit goods being sold and on an ongoing investigation into the sale of counterfeit products,” a statement from Adidas said.
“We take these matters very seriously, and have suspended the sale for the time being.”
An Adidas spokesman told ESPN that the company was “committed to working with the global partners to address counterfeiters and the online community.”
A number of brands have been affected by counterfeiters over the past few years, and Adidas has come under fire for its role in the global supply chain.
In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fined Adidas $25 million for selling counterfeit Nike shoes.
Adidas was also hit with an antitrust probe for allegedly misusing intellectual property, a violation of the U of T’s anti-trust law.
The decision to suspend the online sales was welcomed by womens fashion industry experts, who said that they were glad Adidas was taking the action.
“As womens’ fashion designers and designers of the future, Adidas is making it easier to find and purchase your next favorite fashion item online,” said Mariah T. Smith, a fashion designer and designer in the apparel industry.
“I am thrilled that Adidas is taking this action to ensure the safety and well-being of all of its partners.”