Louis Vuitton can count another victory in the seemingly never-ending battle against counterfeit sellers.The French luxury house on Monday scored a $22.9 million judgment in Florida federal court against more than 200 online sellers of counterfeit Louis Vuitton merchandise, mainly operating out of China but selling in the U.S.A judge also barred the sites and their operators from “manufacturing or causing to be manufactured” any goods bearing Vuitton's various trademarks, including things like its initials and signature hardware details.The domain names included in the lawsuit, scores of which incorporated “LV” and “Louis Vuitton,” were to be immediately handed over to the company, and Vuitton was given the authority to have the domains frozen and essentially deregistered.Damages Vuitton has been awarded include $100,000 for each of the 218 defendants, certain of which operated multiple web sites, and additional statutory damages between $10,000 and $60,000 against the 71 sites that directly incorporated Vuitton's company name and initials into their domains.Counsel for the company could not be reached for comment.Vuitton’s suit is a typical example of the enforcement actions luxury companies have been taking in recent years to fight the proliferation of counterfeits available online.The house filed the suit in late May, accusing the web sites of not only infringing its numerous trademarks, but of unfairly competing with the economic interests of the 163-year-old company by “duping and confusing the consuming public” with their fake goods and “earning substantial profits” in the process.“The recent explosion of counterfeiting over the Internet has created an environment that requires Louis Vuitton to file a large number of lawsuits, often it later turns out, against the same individuals and groups, in order to protect both consumers and itself from the ill effects of confusion and the erosion of the goodwill connected to the Louis Vuitton brand,” the company said in its complaint.One of those lawsuits is against more than two-dozen Amazon shops allegedly selling counterfeit Vuitton goods through the e-tailer’s marketplace.In June, Vuitton succeeded in getting the court to freeze the stores while the trademark infringement case winds it way to resolution, which could see the house pull in another judgment possibly worth more than $60 million.Chanel last month won a similar fight with Amazon sellers, but despite initially seeking a judgment of about $60 million, the court only awarded the company around $3 million in damages. For More, See:Lululemon Sues Under Armour Over Sports Bra DesignKendall and Kylie Jenner’s Brand Pushes Back Against Tupac T-shirt LawsuitBalenciaga Ends Design Patent Fight With Bernardo Sandals
“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