CUSTOMS SEIZURE: U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday it seized a shipment of counterfeit Ed Hardy apparel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The shipment contained fake Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier tank tops and pullovers with a domestic value of $50,000 and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price value of $1.4 million. The shipment seized was destined for New Jersey. “These violations hurt not only the American public, but companies lose billions of dollars in revenue each year from trademark violations,” said Robert Perez, director of field operations in New York for the agency.

KORS NAMES MEN’S EXEC:
Michael Kors has appointed Thomas Cohan Jr. vice president of sales for the men’s collection. He reports to Tim Di Salvo, senior vice president of men’s collection. Cohan has spent 20 years in the industry, most recently as vice president of sales for Hugo Boss, overseeing all brands in men’s and women’s. He was involved in the strategic development of the company’s multibrand structure. He has also worked for Salant, Hartmarx and Zanella.

LEIBER LICENSING DEAL: American accessories firm Judith Leiber has joined with Indian designer Suneet Varma in a cobranded licensing agreement. Varma will create a collection called Suneet Varma for Judith Leiber. A capsule collection will be introduced for resort and a complete collection will bow for spring 2010. The Marigold Group distributes Judith Leiber in India and the company has a flagship in New Delhi and two smaller stores. Varma launched his signature ready-to-wear collection in 1993 in New Delhi and has four boutiques, including a wholesale distribution network.

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