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.
UNIONS FORM NEW GROUP: Labor unions seeking peace after years of infighting have created the National Labor Coordinating Committee. The leaders of 14 major unions, including the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UNITE HERE, joined under the umbrella committee to advance their legislative priorities with a more labor-friendly White House and Congress under the control of the Democrats. PROMOTION AT VACHERON: Hugues de Pins has been named president of Vacheron Constantin in North America. De Pins succeeds Julien Tornare, who has been promoted to worldwide sales director of Vacheron Constantin International. In his new role, Pins will report to Juan Carlos Torres, chief executive officer of the 254-year-old brand. He is responsible for overseeing all U.S. operations, including marketing and sales. De Pins was most recently brand director for Vacheron Constantin in the Middle East and India, based in Dubai.
JOBS PROGRAM: The Accessories Council has teamed up with the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to create Accessories Council/LIM Talentsource to help fashion and fashion-related industry professionals identify new career opportunities. The program will provide a database of positions and candidates for potential employees, offer career counseling, have network events and educational events to all partners. “The fashion industry has some of the best talent in the U.S. economy, and by partnering with LIM, we hope to keep that talent here, in the fashion industry,” said Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council.
PUBLIC MOVES: Public Clothing Co. has signed a seven- year lease for 8,000 square feet at The Fashion Tower at 499 Seventh Avenue. Its brands Generra, French Cuff and Private Label will now be housed in one full-floor space. Kaufman Organization handled the transaction, and while terms of the lease were undisclosed, the asking price for the space was $43 a square foot.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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