– DVF SUES TARGET: Diane von Furstenberg Studio filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday against Target Corp. in Manhattan Federal Court. DVF Studio accused the Minneapolis-based retailer of infringing on a fabric design that features spotted frogs, according to news reports. The complaint said Target sold a wrap dress made of a material that was manufactured to look like silk jersey and bearing an animal print that was confusingly similar to the spotted frog. Target stopped selling the dresses online this week, but the goods were still available in stores, the complaint said. DVF Studio implemented a program to protect its intellectual property last year and it has filed a handful of lawsuits since then, including one against Forever 21. Target could not be reached for comment.
– CACHE CEO OUT: Women’s specialty retailer Caché Inc. said Thursday that Brian Woolf, chairman and chief executive officer, resigned from the company for personal reasons. Thomas Reinckens, president, will replace Woolf. “Brian has made significant positive contributions to our company, transforming our brand to a destination for lifestyle apparel and spearheading our vertical integration,” Reinckens said in a statement. Caché is currently experiencing better sales results in January compared with a challenging holiday season, he continued. Separately, the company also said its board approved a new share repurchase program. The program increased Caché’s current stock buyback authorization to 3.5 million shares from 3 million shares. As of Sept. 29, the company had 16.3 million shares outstanding.
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– EARNEST GOES TO PRESS: Michael Press has taken over as president of premium denim label Earnest Sewn. Press is a denim industry veteran who was most recently vice president of sales at Paige Premium Denim. Scott Morrison, who founded the label, has relinquished the title of president but remains the label’s designer. In an e-mail, Morrison said, “[This year] brings the opening of two new stores on the West Coast, new equity investors and the opportunity to expand our wholesale and back-office operations. Michael is the centerpiece of our commitment and we’re looking forward to great things from him and his team in the upcoming year.”