Iconix Brand Group Inc., its subsidiary Studio IP Holdings LLC and its licensee, Roc Apparel Group LLC, have been accused of infringing on Car-Freshner Corp.’s trademark. According to documents filed June 3 in federal court in Watertown, N.Y., the brand management company infringed on the tree design marks of Car-Freshner Corp.’s air fresheners and other goods by incorporating a similar design into a T-shirt in its Rocawear line. Car-Freshner Corp. is seeking a permanent injunction against further use of the design by Iconix, an award of any profits Iconix reaped from the design and unspecified damages. An Iconix spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
In the latest round of litigation, UT Freight Service of New York has been accused of fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment by Ballet Jewels LLC of Kearny, N.J. According to documents filed May 28 in federal court in Manhattan, the shipping company overstated the weight of the goods shipped for the costume jewelry manufacturer in order to increase air freight charges. The manufacturer is seeking compensatory damages of at least $1.36 million, punitive damages of at least $25 million, compensation for investigative expenses of more than $100,000 and court fees. Ballet Jewels’ suit came after it was accused of breach of contract by UT Freight Service. According to documents filed May 30 in Manhattan federal court, the earlier suit, filed on April 15 in New York State Supreme Court, has been moved to federal jurisdiction. The shipping company is seeking damages of about $870,000 from the costume jewelry manufacturer. Kenneth Schacter of Bingham McCutchen LLP, representingBallet Jewels in the suit, said, “The company believes its lawsuit has merit and intends to litigate it.” A representative from UT Freight Services could not be reached.
Rolex Watch USA Inc. has accused Phillip Himschoot, owner of mynewwatches.com, Grand Crown and Flawless Promotions, of trademark counterfeit and trademark infringement. According to documents filed on June 4 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Himschoot used the Web site to advertise and sell watches bearing counterfeits of Rolex’s registered trademark. Rolex is seeking a permanent injunction against Himschoot continuing such activities, the delivery of all unauthorized products and advertisements, unspecified damages and the cost of legal action. Himschoot could not be reached for comment.
GMA Accessories Inc., which operates under the Capelli New York name and has been on a campaign to protect its Charlotte trademark, settled its intellectual property suit with retailer Gosi Enterprises and Jonathan Singer on June 25. There was no admission of liability or infringement in the settlement, registered with Manhattan federal court. Gosi was enjoined from using Charlotte or any similar marks, including Charlotte Solnicki. The retailer also agreed to pay GMA $10,000. In May, GMA settled with Eminent Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue Inc., Intermix Inc., Wink NYC Inc. and Lisa Kline, each of which was enjoined from using the Charlotte or Charlotte Solnicki trademarks. The settlement stemmed from a case first brought by GMA in April 2007.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye