Richemont is going after a string of counterfeiters selling fake Chloé and Cartier products through eBay and Alibaba with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.Compagnie Financière Richemont SA sued a “network” of unidentified Chinese counterfeiters in Illinois federal court, accusing them of operating various stores hosted by eBay and Alibaba selling knockoffs of some of its most well-known luxury brands, including Chloé, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.All of the brands hold dozens of various trademarks protecting their names and related imagery going back decades.Richemont said the counterfeiters are thought to be “an interrelated group working in active concert” to manufacture and sell fake products targeted at consumers in the U.S. The company noted that online counterfeiters “are estimated to receive tens of millions of visits per year and to generate over $135 billion in annual online sales.” Richemont also took issue with many of the stores holding themselves out as authorized retailers through the offer of customer service and the “indicia of authenticity and security” associated with genuine retailers, like payment logos, brand imagery and search engine optimization making use of brand names. As is typical in these sweeping infringement cases, however, identification of the individuals or entities actually operating the stores is difficult to come by. Richemont’s head of digital intellectual property Richard Graham, told the court that the defendants “go to great lengths to conceal their identities.” While online registration forms for the stores are often not entirely filled out or completed with “randomly typed letters,” Graham noted that counterfeit operators also created web sites and marketplace accounts on multiple platforms selling the same products.“Such defendant Internet store registration patterns are one of many common tactics used by the defendants to conceal their identities, the full scope and inner workings of their counterfeiting operation, and to avoid being shut down,” Graham added.Nevertheless, the Swiss luxury operator is seeking damages of at least $2 million per infringing item, which could easily equal damages in excess of $100 million.Richemont is one of many fashion companies to methodically go after online counterfeiters through the courts. Over the past few months LVMH has gone after social media savvy watch counterfeiters, Chanel and Adidas have launched suits worth a combined $249 million, Louis Vuitton in July nabbed a $23 million judgment against counterfeiters and Gucci in April won $9 million in a similar suit. For More, See:DNA Says Models Aren’t ‘Indentured Servants’ in Row Over Adwoa AboahEx-Gucci Employee Launches $10M Sexual Harassment SuitLouis Vuitton Loses Supreme Court Bid in My Other Bag Suit
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.