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.
“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