NEW YORK — A judge dismissed a $450 million lawsuit claiming that Alexander Wang’s factory in Chinatown here was a “sweatshop,” and that the fashion brand had violated a bevy of state labor laws.New York federal court Judge Harold Baer on Monday dismissed the suit brought against the company by former employees, following an undisclosed settlement between both sides two weeks ago.Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but according to a letter dated Aug. 1, following the agreement, both sides would submit a request to the court that the case be dismissed with prejudice, meaning that once dismissed, neither side could file an appeal. “We are gratified that this matter has been dismissed, as the allegations were unfounded and completely false,” a spokesman for Wang told WWD. Lawyers for former Wang employees Flor Duarte and Wenyu Lu declined to comment.Since March, when the case was filed, there had been intense media coverage surrounding allegations that Wang had violated New York State labor laws, including provisions covering overtime, compensation and minimum wage. Duarte and Lu claimed fellow employees were forced to work 16-hour days without overtime in an unventilated, windowless 200-square-foot room with more than 15 other workers.In June, Wang denied the “scurrilous and inflammatory” allegations, calling his two ex-workers “disgruntled” with “axes to grind.” Lawyers for Wang noted that the Chinatown workspace was “modern, bright lit” with “high ceilings and large windows.”Monday’s decision put an end to the back-and-forth, as Judge Baer also ordered that both parties be responsible for their own attorney’s fees and other costs related to the case.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim