A jury in Memphis awarded Coach Inc. just over $5 million Tuesday, after it found the owner of a flea market guilty of infringing on the brand’s trademarks.
Filed in 2010 in the Western District of Tennessee, the lawsuit claimed that flea market owner Frederick Goodfellow rented space to vendors who sold counterfeit Coach bags.
Coach sued Goodfellow and the offending vendors for the maximum in statutory damages, amounting to $2 million per counterfeit mark. The jury found that the defendants infringed 21 of Coach’s marks, and awarded the New York-based brand $240,000 per mark infringed. This amounted to $5.04 million.
“Coach is exceedingly pleased with the jury’s verdict in Tennessee against the Third Street Flea Market and its operator,” said Coach’s deputy general counsel Nancy Axilrod. “The Third Street Flea Market case illustrates Coach’s commitment to enforcing its intellectual property rights. This case should serve as a warning to all those who traffic in counterfeit Coach goods, or who tolerate such activity on their premises, that: we will find you; we will sue you; and we will win.”
For Coach, the suit is just another win for the brand, which launched an aggressive offensive against counterfeiting nearly four years ago. Called Operation Turnlock, the zero-tolerance program targets companies and individuals involved in the distribution or sale of counterfeit goods in state and federal courts.
This week’s judgment marks one of Coach’s largest settlements, according to the accessories brand, although it could not be learned if Coach will actually be able to collect the damages awarded.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast