The battle for the molded footwear market leapt from store shelves to the courthouse this month when Crocs Inc. brought a patent and trade dress lawsuit against Skechers USA Inc. According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for Colorado in Denver on July 10, Skechers footwear using "Nano Lite" foam construction mimics Crocs' designs and logos. The suit alleges that Skechers' Low Tide, Gypsies and Wooly Bully models, among others, infringe on Crocs' designs, as does a cartoon bear used on the rivet of Skechers' foam footwear. Boulder, Colo.-based Crocs' shoes make use of a cartoon crocodile in a similar fashion. Skechers responded to the allegations in a statement issued by Philip Paccione, executive vice president and general counsel for the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based company. "We believe that this lawsuit is completely without merit and will vigorously defend ourselves against such baseless accusations," Paccione said.
Costco Wholesale Corp. has been accused of breach of contract by Clues Fashions Inc. According to documents filed on July 3 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the big-box retailer failed to honor an agreement to ship back 160,000 pairs of ladies' stretch gauchos it bought from the vendor in October 2005. Costco alleged that the goods were damaged by a tape used to package the original shipments and entered an agreement with Clues to return all the garments for repair and reshipment. In its complaint, Clues, based in New York, said that not all of the pants were returned, but that Costco took deductions from the company as if they had been. Clues is seeking more than $207,700 for the cost of the goods, interest and other unspecified damages. According to court documents, attorneys for Costco have filed a motion to dismiss the case or move it to the U.S. District Court for the state of Washington, where the company has its headquarters in Issaquah. The company did not return a call seeking comment.
Perfume World Center LLC has been accused of trademark infringement and trafficking in counterfeit goods by Parfums Gres SA. According to documents filed July 2 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Perfume World Center, a New York-based fragrance store, has sold forged versions of the Swiss perfumer's Cabotine de Gres. Parfums Gres is seeking an injunction to halt further sale of the goods, the disclosure of names and addresses of the parties from whom Perfume World obtained the counterfeit goods, the destruction of all counterfeit product, legal fees and other unspecified damages. Perfume World Center could not be reached for comment.
Burberry Ltd. sued Euro Moda Inc., Moda Oggi Inc. and John Fanning, a principal of both firms, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on June 26. The case alleges, among other items, trademark counterfeiting and breach of a 2005 contract in which Euro Moda and Fanning agreed not to infringe on the firm's intellectual property. "The defendants have continued to sell counterfeit merchandise, including scarves, shirts and hats, that display Burberry trademarks or substantially similar reproductions," the suit said. Burberry is asking the court to enjoin the defendants from reproducing its trademarks, for destruction of all unauthorized products and for damages and profits gained from use of the trademarks. Fanning could not be reached for comment.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)