The TJX Cos. reached a settlement agreement last week with Visa USA Inc. and Visa Inc. in litigation that arose out of TJX's previously reported unauthorized computer intrusions, according to a statement from the company. Under the terms of the settlement, TJX will offer up to a maximum of $40.9 million pretax in alternative recovery payments to eligible Visa issuers of payment cards that were affected. The settlement is conditional on the acceptance of the offer by at least 80 percent of the eligible Visa payment card accounts.
Saks Inc. settled two lawsuits filed by former vendors over alleged markdown allowance issues, according to media reports. The cases were filed separately by International Design Concepts, a former Oscar de la Renta licensee, and Kleinert's Inc. Terms of the settlement were not announced, but in its most recent earnings report, Saks said it had third-quarter expenses of approximately $2.7 million associated with the vendor lawsuits and the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation that closed in September. IDC filed its initial lawsuit in 2005 for alleged fraud, among other charges related to the company's markdown policy.
Chanel Inc. filed a lawsuit against Susan Lynne Pacini in San Francisco federal court on Nov. 26. Chanel alleged that Pacini sold counterfeit handbags and wallets through her Planet Tan and Master Marketeers Inc. businesses. Chanel asked for an injunction and damages. Pacini could not be reached for comment.
Separately, Chanel filed a trademark counterfeiting and infringement lawsuit in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., against Mark A. Lanton, who does business as stylesoflife.com and Stylesoflife. According to court documents filed on Nov. 14, Chanel alleged that Lanton sold counterfeit handbags and sunglasses. Chanel asked for an injunction, damages and trial costs. Lanton could not be reached for comment by press time.
Louis Vuitton Malletier reached a permanent injunction and final judgment on consent against Industech International Inc. in Manhattan federal court. The judgment was part of a larger lawsuit filed in 2004 against Industech, Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. and Four Seasons Handbag Co. for alleged trademark counterfeiting. Industech was restrained from infringing on Vuitton's trademarks. No financial damages were awarded in the judgment.
Eon-Net LP filed a patent infringement lawsuit against J. Crew Inc. in Manhattan federal court on Nov. 19. According to legal documents, Eon-Net alleged that an information processing methodology used on jcrew.com infringes on patents it holds. Eon-Net asked the court for an injunction and damages. J. Crew could not immediately be reached for comment. Separately, Eon-Net also filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey against Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. over the same patents.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast