J&N Sales and Jade Marketing Group have accused Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. of trademark infringement and false advertising. According to documents filed in federal court in Manhattan last month, Charlotte Russe has created and sold a line of denim aimed at teen and tween girls that uses the phrase “Amethyst style” as a descriptor as well as on tags and in marketing. Jade Marketing has manufactured a line of teen and tween girls denim named Amethyst, which it sells at midtier department stores nationwide, since 2005. Jade is seeking an injunction from Charlotte Russe’s further distribution of its Amethyst product, the destruction of any existing product, any profits derived from the sale of infringing products, statutory damages of $1 million and other damages. A representative for Charlotte Russe said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
Longchamp USA Inc. and its parent company, S.A.S. Jean Cassegrain, have accused J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Anchor Blue Retail Group Inc. and Fashion Express Inc. of patent infringement. According to documents filed in federal court in Manhattan on Aug. 18, Fashion Express, a Wheeling, Ill.-based manufacturer, has produced and sold a handbag that violates Longchamp’s patent for its Legende handbag that is shaped in the form of a doctor’s bag. The suit goes on to claim that Anchor Blue and J.C. Penney added to the infringement by selling Fashion Express’ design at retail. Longchamp is seeking an injunction against all three parties from the further sale of the items, profits derived from sales already made and other unspecified damages. Calls for comment to Fashion Express and Anchor Blue were not returned, and J.C. Penney doesn’t comment on pending litigation, according to a spokesman.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"