Louis Vuitton Malletier and Marc Jacobs International have reached a settlement in their dispute with The Wet Seal regarding sales of knockoff handbags. On Feb. 24, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Louis...
Louis Vuitton Malletier and Marc Jacobs International have reached a settlement in their dispute with The Wet Seal regarding sales of knockoff handbags. On Feb. 24, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Louis L. Stanton dismissed the lawsuit based on the terms of the settlement agreement. Details were not disclosed. Vuitton and Jacobs filed their original complaint in September, accusing the teen retailer of selling copies of Vuitton’s “Theda” and “Sac de Nuit” handbags, as well as a copy of Marc Jacobs’ “Venetia” bag. The items were sold at Wet Seal’s Arden B. stores, according to the complaint.
Payless Shoesource Worldwide has filed suit against Target Corp. in federal court in Kansas, accusing the mass retailer of violating the terms of a 1999 agreement between the companies dictating the manner in which the words “Pay Less” may be used. Payless holds trademark rights for the phrases “Look Smart. Payless,” and “Buy More, Payless,” according to the complaint filed on Feb. 23.
However, Target holds the rights to the phrase “Expect More. Pay Less.” According to the 1999 agreement, included in the complaint, Target said it would not present the “Pay Less” portion of its “Expect More. Pay Less.” trademark in a larger size. However, the complaint said the words “Pay Less” appear in a larger size on Target’s long-haul trailers. The shoe retailer deemed certain in-store signage and coupons to violate a portion of the agreement stating that “in no case...shall the letters ‘Y’ and ‘L’ touch nor shall either letter extend into the vertical plane of the other letter.” The complaint also accused Target of using the phrases “Pay Less” and “Party More. Pay Less.” as well as “Eat Well. Pay Less.” with the intent of establishing its own trademark.
“It appears that Target has embarked on a marketing campaign to expand trademark use of its ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ mark by creating multiple variants which reiterate Pay Less,” the complaint said. Topeka, Kan.-based Payless is alleging violations on five counts, including trademark infringement and breach of contract and seeks an unspecified amount in damages. Target did not return a call for comment.Designer Jay Strongwater filed a lawsuit against Liz Claiborne Inc. and Kohl’s Corp., accusing the companies of manufacturing and selling knockoffs of two of his compact mirror designs. The complaint, filed March 1 in Manhattan Federal Court by Jay Strongwater Inc. and Weingeroff Enterprises Inc., said Claiborne manufactured copies of Strongwater’s Chinoserie and Bloomsbury designs, which were then sold at Kohl’s stores.
The complaint alleged one count of copyright infringement and asked for an unspecified amount in damages. Strongwater’s compacts retail for $100 to more than $325, while the Kohl’s versions were listed at $15. Claiborne would not comment on pending litigation. Kohl’s did not return a call seeking comment. Strongwater’s Mr. and Mrs. Potato, covered with 25,000 multicolor crystals and on sale for $8,000 each, were featured in Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book last year.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion