Cartier International B.V. won an $18 million judgment against defendants in a major trademark infringement lawsuit, according to court documents. According to sources familiar with the sealed case, the judgment, entered on April 24 in Manhattan federal court, specifically found a group of shippers affiliated with a counterfeit ring guilty of direct and intentional counterfeiting. Typically shippers of goods are charged with contributory infringement, versus direct involvement. Judge Joseph P. Griesa signed the order for the judgment and permanent injunction against Speedy Shipping Services, Huy Lu and Tony Lu. The judgment dealt with the last open set of claims against a related group of defendants that has been ongoing since 2002. The other defendants in the case either settled or had judgments rendered against them, said the source close to the case.
Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Shlomo Swissa, Energetic By Bag and Shlomo Swissa Enterprises Corp. in federal court in Miami. Louis Vuitton Malletier alleged that the defendants sold merchandise bearing infringements and counterfeits of its trademarks and attempted to file federal trademark applications for marks that infringe on its existing registrations. The luxury goods manufacturer filed claims of trademark infringement and counterfeiting and unfair competition, and asked the court to cancel the Swissa trademarks. Louis Vuitton Malletier asked for preliminary and permanent injunctions, financial damages and attorney's fees. The defendants could not be reached for comment.
Anna Sui Corp. filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Forever 21, Forever 21 Retail and Forever 21 Logistics and Do Won Chang for allegedly selling numerous women's clothing pieces that infringed on Anna Sui trademarks. According to court documents filed in Manhattan federal court on April 23, "Sui determined that defendants [Forever 21 and the other entities named] had copied numerous of Sui's most recent Sui Designs and that defendants had made an ongoing practice of copying from a number of recent collections since at least late 2005." The complaint includes allegations of copyright infringement, unfair competition and false designation, and unlawful trade practices. Anna Sui asked the court for a permanent injunction, unspecified damages and attorney's costs against the defendants. Forever 21 did not respond to requests for comment.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast