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.
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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.