Cartier, a division of Richemont North America, was awarded a final judgment on consent in a trademark lawsuit against Citra Trading Corporation in Manhattan federal court. According to court documents filed on June 15, Cartier and Citra reached a settlement agreement. Initially, Cartier alleged that Citra had infringed on its “screw head bracelet” design. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Aedes de Venustas filed a lawsuit against Venustas International in Manhattan federal court for allegedly infringing on its trade name and trademark. Aedes de Venustas is a specialty retailer of fragrance, bath and body products. Venustas International is a company run by Robin Burns, who was recently tapped to develop a beauty collection for Ann Taylor Stores. Burns was not specifically named as a defendant in the lawsuit. According to court documents filed in late May, Aedes de Venustas said that, following articles about Burns and Venustas International’s partnership with Ann Taylor, it “received numerous telephone calls from people in the fashion and beauty field congratulating the Plaintiff on or asking about its new contract with Ann Taylor.” The company also received invoices intended for Venustas International. Aedes de Venustas said the calls and mail are evidence of actual confusion regarding the two company names. Aedes de Venustas asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages and trial costs. Neither Venustas International nor Ann Taylor returned calls for comment by press time.
Chanel filed a lawsuit against Lori Dawn Langdon, who does business as Boca Bags, in federal court in the Southern District of Florida for alleged trademark infringement. According to court documents filed on June 13, Chanel charged that the defendants sold handbags, wallets and sunglasses that it alleged are counterfeits bearing copies of its trademarks. The lawsuit includes allegations of trademark counterfeiting and infringement and false designation of origin. Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, financial damages and trial costs. The defendants did not return requests for comment.
Separately, Chanel filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Linda Allen, who does business as European Beauty Fashions, My Classy Fashion, Ultimate Designer Handbags and affiliated Web sites. According to legal papers filed June 7, the defendants allegedly sold counterfeit handbags, wallets, watches, necklaces, costume jewelry and sunglasses that infringed on Chanel’s trademarks. The complaint included allegations of trademark counterfeiting and infringement, false designation of origin, and trademark dilution. Chanel asked for a preliminary and permanent injunction and damages. The defendants did not return calls seeking comment.Chanel filed another trademark-infringement lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against Joseph Mosseri and a number of Web sites he operates and Modena Apparel Corporation and affiliated Web sites on June 5. According to court documents, the defendants allegedly sold counterfeit Chanel merchandise, including handbags. The complaint includes allegations of trademark counterfeiting and infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition. Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction and financial damages. The defendants could not be reached for comment.
Louis Vuitton Malletier was awarded a $1.1 million judgment and a permanent injunction against Lushbags.com in a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. The judgment was entered on June 12. The lawsuit was originally filed in February 2005 against Lushbags.com and Whenu.com. The case against Whenu.com was dismissed in October 2005. Under the terms of the injunction entered this month, Lushbags.com is prohibited from using Louis Vuitton Malletier’s trademarks or copyrights.
Louis Vuitton Malletier also filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the Home Shopping Network and American Elite on May 30. According to legal documents filed in federal court in the Middle District of Florida, Louis Vuitton Malletier alleged that American Elite, a foreign company that imports and manufactures luggage, sold merchandise to HSN which had infringement or counterfeits of all the Louis Vuitton trademarks, with the exception of the Damier trademark. HSN in turn sold that merchandise to customers, according to the lawsuit. The case includes allegations of trademark infringement and counterfeiting and false designation of origin. Louis Vuitton Malletier asked the court for a permanent and preliminary injunction, damages and trial costs. A company spokesman for HSN said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation as a matter of policy, but that the company takes artistic integrity very seriously and expects its vendors to as well.
Chrome Hearts filed a lawsuit against Guess Inc. for allegedly infringing on a belt buckle design. According to the complaint filed June 6 in Manhattan federal court, Guess knowingly infringed on Chrome Hearts’ copyrighted belt buckle design and sold “piratical copies of the buckle” through its online and retail stores. Chrome Hearts asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction and financial damages, as well as for the recall of the allegedly infringing belt buckles. Guess did not return calls seeking comment.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy announced a new campaign focused on the enforcement of intellectual property laws on June 14. The agenda of the campaign will address six specific goals, according to a statement. Those goals are: to increase the resources of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, to have stronger border enforcement, to make the penalties tougher, to improve the coordination of government entities, to reform the judicial and the civil process and to educated consumers. “American innovation, jobs and consumer health and safety are being hijacked by organized counterfeiting and piracy crooks and law enforcement resources are inadequate to stop them,” said Tom Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce. “Intellectual property theft is seen as a low-risk, high-reward crime in America and it is time to put an end to this by dedicating the law enforcement resources at all levels to put these networks out of business.”
@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
@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)