GUCCI AMERICA, CHLOE WIN CASE: A federal judge in Manhattan has issued a consent judgment ordering the operators of a Web site that sold counterfeit goods to pay Gucci America Inc. and Chloé SAS $5.2 million. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Dec. 15, Jennifer Marie Kirk and Patrick Kirk did business online as Thebagaddiction.com. In a complaint filed in June, the two luxury brands accused the California residents of selling counterfeits to the public and for resale as wholesalers through the Web site. According to the consent judgment, which is typically rendered when both sides agree to the judge’s ruling to end further litigation, the defendants never answered the initial complaint. In addition to the monetary judgment, Judge Lewis Kaplan granted Gucci and Chloé an injunction, barring the defendants from further trading in counterfeit products bearing the companies’ names or marks. The Web site is no longer in operation. The attorney for the Kirks declined comment.
LF USA CLOSES DEAL: LF USA, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Ltd., said it completed the acquisition of Van Zeeland Inc., a New York-based designer of handbag brands that include Kathy Van Zeeland Handbags, B. Makowsky and Tignanello. LF USA said in August that it was buying the firm for $330 million.
GEN ART FASHION DIRECTOR: Gen Art has hired Christine Park as fashion director. Most recently with Housing Works Inc. as director of giving, Park has been a partner in the contemporary start-up line Jean D’Arc, and was chief operating officer at Steven Alan. Based in New York, Park reports to chief executive officer Ian Gerard and replaces Lee Trimble, who left in August after five years to become events director at Starworks. Park’s role will be less focused on production and more on strategy and curating fashion content as Gen Art seeks to extend its reach and audience in 2009. Gen Art is an arts and entertainment organization that showcases emerging fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists.
ASPEN FASHION WEEK: Aspen is hosting its first fashion week March 1 to 5 to showcase the almost $3 billion skiwear industry. Luxury retail stores in downtown Aspen will host 15 designers presenting their winter 2009-10 collections during in-store presentations, plus nightly events and après-ski soirees, for buyers, the media and customers. In 2010, organizers plan to expand the event to full-scale runway productions.
DUNNING APPOINTMENT: Mike Dwyer has been named to the newly created position of head of men’s wear for Dunning, a men’s sportswear and golf brand. Dwyer, who was formerly senior director of men’s wear at Burberry Ltd. and senior vice president of sales and marketing at Lacoste U.S., will report to Ralph Dunning, founder of the Canadian company. Dwyer will assume primary responsibility for growing the brand’s account base among better department and specialty retailers while enhancing relationships with existing Dunning retail stores. He also will oversee the company’s presence at upcoming apparel industry events, including MRket, The Collective and regional trade shows in Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, and Dallas.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)