BEIJING — An innovative intellectual property rights lawsuit against garment makers in China and India is causing some consternation in the business here, with industry insiders and analysts wondering whether it is the start of a tough new trend.
On Jan. 24, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed lawsuits against two large apparel companies — one in Ningbo, China, the other in India — over alleged unfair trade practices. Harris’ claims focus on a new lever: the companies’ use of pirated, unlicensed software in conducting their business. By not paying for properly licensed computer operating systems and critical software, the suit says, the companies built an unfair trade advantage over homegrown companies in California.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)