Diadora America Inc. and Diadora SpA filed a lawsuit against Skechers USA Inc. for alleged trademark infringement. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle on Feb. 12. According to court documents, the Italian footwear and apparel company alleged that California-based Skechers manufactured a line of sneakers called the Luger-Strafe that infringed on its own Diadora logo. According to exhibits included with the complaint, Diadora has had a registered trademark for the shape in question since 1985. Skechers did not return calls seeking comment. Diadora alleged in legal filings that, "Skechers deliberately employs a mark substantially identical to the Diadora logo, with knowledge of Diadora's long prior use, to mislead and confuse consumers into believing that Skechers' goods are provided, sponsored or approved by Diadora and to intentionally profit from Diadora's good will." The complaint included allegations of federal and state trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution. Diadora asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, unspecified financial damages and trial costs.
Marc Jacobs is accused of plagiarizing a scarf design, according to media reports from Sweden as well as U.S.-based blogs. Goran Olofsson, a man living in western Sweden, said he believes he may own the copyright of a scarf being sold by Marc Jacobs. The brightly colored scarf emblazoned with the Marc Jacobs name allegedly may infringe on a scarf that bears the name of the village Linsell where the man grew up. Olofsson said Jacobs' scarf design bears an uncanny resemblance to a scarf his father made depicting a church, wood huts, bears, flowers and a coat of arms. Some of the images are symbols of Härjedalen, a county in northern Sweden. Olofsson said he had contacted Marc Jacobs and was waiting for a response. A representative for Marc Jacobs declined to comment.
KN Ltd. and San Francisco Network reached a settlement with Mervyns and J.D. Fine & Co. in a copyright and trade dress infringement lawsuit. J.D. Fine is a competing clothing manufacturer. KN Ltd. alleged in a federal lawsuit that a line of sleepwear sold at Mervyns infringed on its own sleepwear design. The Mervyns line, called Country Garden, was manufactured by J.D. Fine. The lawsuit alleged that the line infringed on the KN Karen Neuberger brands. Terms of the settlement were confidential. KN Ltd. announced the settlement on Feb. 15.Cartier, and several other Richemont NA Inc. divisions, Van Cleef & Arpels Logistics SA, Van Cleef & Arpels Inc. and VC&A Distribution Inc. won a consent judgment against J&P Timepieces Inc., Jeff Morris and Peter Fossner. According to a judgment filed in Manhattan federal court, the Richemont companies filed a lawsuit against J&P Timepieces and its principals for allegedly selling altered Cartier, Panerai, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels brand watches. The allegations included trademark infringement, counterfeiting, false designation and unfair competition. The defendants were ordered to pay $200,000 in damages and were restrained from infringing on Richemont's trademarks.
@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