Add another notch for Ralph Lauren in the protracted battle of the polo ponies.
The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling in March that the U.S. Polo Association could be stopped from using a “double horseman” logo on its fragrances because it was confusingly similar to Ralph Lauren’s trademarks.
“The court agreed that the United States Polo Association acted in bad faith in adopting its double horsemen logo on fragrances and infringed on Ralph Lauren’s polo player marks,” a Ralph Lauren spokesman said Tuesday. “We will continue to vigorously defend against any attempt to infringe on our intellectual property rights.”
The U.S. Polo Association, which had previously been granted the use of the logo on apparel, has been locking mallets with the fashion brand over the use of the double horseman trademark for 29 years.
In 1984 a Manhattan federal court enjoined the U.S. Polo Association from using its “name or marks in a way likely to cause confusion” with Ralph Lauren’s marks. At the same time, the court did permit the use of a mounted polo player on the polo association’s merchandise as long as it didn’t cause consumer confusion.
Twenty-two years later, a New York federal jury quibbled over the double horseman image and decided that if it included text that identified it as a USPA product, it did not count as infringement. A solid double horseman without text, however, did count as infringement, the jury found.
That decision was upheld on appeal in 2008. In the most recent case concerning fragrances, the Court of Appeals argued that just because the polo association could use the logo for apparel, it didn’t mean it “acted in good faith” in using the mark on fragrances. In other words, the appeals court agreed with the lower court’s prior ruling in March that the polo association adopted the mark with the “intention of capitalizing” on Ralph Lauren’s “reputation” and products.
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)