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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty