NEW YORK — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is keeping up the pressure against online counterfeiters and is upping the ante by going after an advertising company that provided software that enabled a counterfeiter to...
NEW YORK — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is keeping up the pressure against online counterfeiters and is upping the ante by going after an advertising company that provided software that enabled a counterfeiter to advertise on other Web sites.
On Feb. 3, Vuitton filed suit in Manhattan federal court accusing Lushbags.com of selling counterfeit goods. As of Wednesday, an assortment of discounted Vuitton handbags, bags and wallets were available for purchase on the site. Also named in the suit was New York-based advertising company WhenU.com.
According to the complaint, WhenU provides software used by Lushbags that causes pop-up ads to appear on third-party Web sites “without the permission of or payment to the owners.” Unfortunately for Lushbags and WhenU, those pop-ups have also appeared when Web surfers visited louisvuitton.com, lvmh.com and vuitton.com.
“WhenU.com and Lushbags.com have specifically targeted and continue to target the Louis Vuitton Web sites for the delivery of infringing pop-up advertisements featuring Louis Vuitton Trademarks,” said the complaint. Vuitton alleged violations on nine counts, including trademark infringement, contributory trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting. The firm seeks a permanent injunction and an unspecified amount in damages. Lushbags and WhenU withheld comment.
Meanwhile, Gucci America filed a complaint on Feb. 8, accusing Gloria Stein Hayes of selling counterfeit Gucci handbags, watches, wallets and other items from her Shoes 4u store in Memphis, Tenn. Also named in the complaint is Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Barry Mamadou Diquhe, whom Gucci claims purchased the counterfeit goods in Chinatown and then delivered to Hayes. A listed phone number for Shoes 4u was no longer in service, and Diquhe could not be reached for comment.
Gucci contends that Hayes and Diquhe pulled in more than $1 million in profits over several years. Gucci is alleging violations on seven counts, including trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement and false designation of origin. The company seeks a permanent injunction and damages of more than $1 million.
Back in New York, celebrity jeweler Jacob & Company Watches Inc. nailed a victory in its case against a Diamond District retailer selling knockoffs of its Five Time Zone watch. Richard J. Holwell, U.S. District Court judge, filed a judgment reached on consent between Jacob & Co. and Abramov & Sons Inc. on Feb. 8. The judgment permanently bars the company and Rudy, Yuri and Joseph Abramov from selling watches that infringed upon the Five Time Zone design.A monetary settlement also was reached, details of which were not disclosed.
“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
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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