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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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