NEW YORK — Totes-Isotoner Corp. filed a lawsuit Friday in the U.S. Court of International Trade that questions the constitutionality of different Customs duty rates for men's and women's merchandise. The lawsuit, filed by Neville Peterson LLP on behalf of Isotoner, focuses on the higher duty rates placed on men's leather gloves compared with women's gloves. According to legal documents, Isotoner asked the court to find that the duties imposed on men's gloves discriminate against the company on the basis of gender and age, and violate the right of the category of men's gloves to equal protection under the Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause of the Constitution, as well as to declare the duty rate null and void. The complaint also requests a refund of all duties paid in the two years before the filing of the lawsuit.
PEI Licensing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Perry Ellis International, filed a trademark infringement and dilution lawsuit last month against J. Crew International Inc. for allegedly infringing on its penguin trademarks. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 21 in a Manhattan federal court, but was only recently made available. According to the complaint, J. Crew used the alleged infringing trademark on T-shirts, sleepwear, sweaters, ties and shoes. PEI Licensing charged that J. Crew "knowingly and willfully used, reproduced and/or copied the Penguin Trademarks." Counts in the case include trademark dilution, unfair competition, false designation of origin, trademark infringement and deceptive acts and practices. PEI asked that J. Crew be restrained from infringing on its trademarks as well as for unspecified damages. J. Crew declined comment, citing company policy.
Franck Muller USA Inc. filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Yafa Antique Jewelry Inc., Exclusive Time Inc., New York Buyer's Jewelry Inc., Nelly's Fine Jewelry and Watch Inc. and other unnamed defendants in Manhattan federal court on Dec. 22. Court documents filed by the plaintiff alleged that the defendants sold in the U.S., without authorization, Franck Muller-brand products they bought from overseas resellers. Franck Muller alleged that the activities "circumvent the quality control standards" it has in place to protect U.S. consumers. Franck Muller asked the court for a permanent injunction against the defendants and for damages equal to three times the profits made and damages incurred, plus at least $10 million. A representative for New York Buyer's Jewelry said the lawsuit "is ridiculous." The other defendants could not be reached for comment.Victoria's Secret Stores Brand Management Inc., Victoria's Secret Stores LLC and Victoria's Secret Direct filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Nines USA Corp. Victoria's Secret filed the complaint based on Nines alleged "unauthorized sale and distribution of apparel featuring plaintiffs' pink dog copyrighted designs and trademark" on women's underwear. Nines is listed in the complaint as a wholesale distributor of women's lingerie and intimate apparel. Victoria's Secret alleged copyright infringement, unfair competition and trademark infringement. The company asked the court to permanently restrain Nines from infringing on its trademarks and for unspecified statutory and punitive damages. Nines did not return a call seeking comment.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)