The Center for Environmental Health has reached a $1.7 million settlement with more than 40 retailers, including Macy’s Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Saks Inc., and distributors in a lawsuit that sought to reduce the amount of lead in handbags and other accessories.
According to the terms of the settlement filed with a California state court, payments from each defendant will be used partly to help fund the Oakland-based organization’s work to educate and protect Californians from toxic health hazards. They also will go to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
The lawsuit, filed in June 2009, alleged violations of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 through the sale of handbags and small leather accessories containing unsafe levels of lead.
Payments from each defendant average $45,500 to $48,000, with the bulk consisting of legal fees in the $30,000-plus range. The average civil penalty is around $13,000 for each defendant, and the general contribution amount from each firm that settled is $2,000 for California’s fashion accessory testing fund.
The firms that settled agreed to meet certain standards regarding lead paint by Dec. 1. Violations of the standards could result in mandatory fines of as much as $12,500. While the standards are for handbags and accessories, some of the defendants also agreed to abide by the standards for materials used in belts and/or footwear, according to the Center for Environmental Health
In addition to Macy’s and Saks, the retailers settling included Sears Holdings Corp., Kohl’s Corp., Dress Barn Inc., DSW Inc., Express Inc., Forever 21 Inc., The TJX Cos. Inc. and the Victoria’s Secret unit of Limited Brands Inc.
Among the wholesalers-distributors who settled were Camuto Consulting; Fossil Inc.; Guess Inc.; Jones Apparel Group Inc.; Liz Claiborne Inc. and its Juicy Couture and Kate Spade units; Michael Kors; Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. and its Calvin Klein division, and Rosetti Handbags and Accessories Ltd.
The latest settlement follows one in January in which H&M and New York & Company Inc. agreed to abide by new restrictions on lead in purses.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)