The legal battles of the Gucci family and its namesake company continue. On July 30 Gucci America filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against a former family member for allegedly infringing on its trademarks. The lawsuit said Jennifer Gucci, the ex-wife of the deceased Paolo Gucci, who was part of the famous leather goods family, licensed her name to home textiles, bedding, bedding and bath accessories, window treatments and skin care and cosmetics. In June Veratex, the bedding manufacturer, rolled out a line of Jennifer Gucci home goods. Jennifer was married to Paolo from 1978 to 1991. She could not be reached for comment. The lawsuit names Jennifer Gucci, Jenco Designs, Jennicor, Veratex, Collezione di Casa, E.L. Erman-Dead Sea Cosmetics Corp.,Louisville Bedding Company and Edward Litwak, who does business as Ed Litwak & Assoc., as defendants. Veratex did not return calls for comment by press time. The other defendants could not be reached. According to court documents Gucci alleged that Jennifer Gucci "attempted to capitalize on the popularity of the Gucci trademarks by licensing, attempting to license and/or permitting various companies to the infringing marks." The complaint goes on to say that Jennifer Gucci attempted to register trademarks containing her name several times over a period of years. Gucci has a long history of protecting its trademarked name. Paolo Gucci and Gucci were in court in the U.S. in the early Nineties over use of "Paolo Gucci" on designs. The Supreme Court ultimately decided in Gucci's favor after Paolo's death.
A Manhattan federal court granted Cartier, a division of Richemont North America Inc., and Cartier International a consent judgment in litigation against Sweepstakes Clearinghouse, a division of Allied Marketing. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement and filed the judgment on July 23. The original lawsuit was filed by Cartier over the alleged infringement of its Pasha de Cartier trade dress.
Franck Muller USA and Elini Designs Corp. and Elini BVBA reached a final consent judgment on July 20. According to court documents filed in Manhattan federal court, the parties reached an undisclosed settlement. Legal proceedings were initiated as a result of the alleged infringement of Franck Muller trademarks by Elini's New Yorker, Jumbo and Dolce watch lines.Icon Shoes filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Burberry Limited in federal court in the Central District of California on July 17. According to court documents Icon alleged that Burberry's "the Icons Collection" of shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories infringes on its own trademark. Both parties declined to comment further. Icon asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages and trial costs.
Chanel filed a trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit in federal court in Miami against Susan Richardson, also known as Susan Holmes, for allegedly selling counterfeit handbags and jewelry. Richardson does business as Inspirations,Inspirations Ltd., Inspirations USA, inspirationsusa.com and Porttrends.com. According to court documents filed July 17, Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, the cost of the trial and damages. The defendant could not be reached for comment by press time.
In an unrelated case, Chanel filed a trademark counterfeiting and infringement lawsuit against James Grasso, also known as Michael Grasso, and SIP Trading Inc. in New Jersey federal court. The complaint, filed July 16, said the defendants do business as Go Elegant and goelegant.com. Chanel alleged that the defendants sold counterfeit handbags and wallets. The luxury company asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, trial costs and damages. The defendants could not be reached for comment by press time.
In a separate lawsuit, Louis Vuitton Malletier and Marc Jacobs Trademarks also filed a complaint against Grasso and SIP Trading for alleged trademark violations. The complaint, also filed in New Jersey federal court on July 16, alleged that Grasso sold handbags, wallets and backpacks bearing fake Louis Vuitton trademarks and handbags with fake Marc Jacobs trademarks.
Oleg Cassini Inc. filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on July 10 against a New York store. According to court documents, Oleg Cassini alleged that Weber's 32nd St. Corp. sold unauthorized shirts bearing the Cassini trademark at prices well below market value. The complaint said Weber's 32nd St. was not licensed or authorized to sell the merchandise, nor were any of Oleg Cassini's licensees authorized to sell to the store. The company is seeking a permanent injunction, damages and attorneys fees. Weber's 32nd St. Corp. could not be reached for comment.Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a lawsuit against Consumer Research Corp., SubscriberBASE, SubscriberBASE Holdings Inc. and Jeffrey French for alleged unauthorized use of Louis Vuitton trademarks and copyrights to "lure unwitting consumers" to their Web sites. According to court documents, Louis Vuitton alleged the defendants were offering a "free" handbag or wallet to consumers in return for personal information and fees. The complaint includes counts of trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and false designation of origin, copyright infringement and unfair and deceptive business practices. The case was filed on July 10 in federal court in Massachusetts. Consumer Research Corp. could not be reached for comment.
Molino's Diamonds Inc., which does business as Molino Jewelers, filed a lawsuit against HSN Interactive and Clyde Duneier Inc. for allegedly infringing on a patent. The patent in question is for "convertible pendant jewelry." According to court documents filed in Manhattan federal court on July 2, Molino asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, trials costs and damages. HSN Interactive declined to comment citing company policy.
In an unrelated case, Molino also won a final judgment on consent against J.C. Store Jewelry Central on June 25 in Manhattan federal court. Molino filed a lawsuit against J.C. Store Jewelry Central for alleged patent infringement.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye