Fashion-savvy shoppers can continue to bag a bargain on knockoffs of tony Hermes purses at two Upper East Side stores as the result of a ruling Friday by a Manhattan federal judge.

Declaring that Hermes International waited too long before trying to stop two Manhattan fashion boutiques from selling copies of its high-priced bags and other accessories, Southern District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin has thrown out crucial aspects of a trademark suit, Hermes International v. Lederer De Paris Fifth Avenue Inc., 98 Civ. 2820, brought by the French company.

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