KMART'S COURT APPROVAL: Attention Kmart shoppers. You are not unsophisticated or careless just because you shop at the Troy, Mich.-based discounter.
That's what a federal judge in New York said in a recent opinion dismissing a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Reebok International against Kmart Corp. and Melville Corp.
As part of its argument, Reebok told Judge Charles H. Tenney that an allegedly infringing logo on sneakers sold at Kmart could be mistaken for a Reebok mark because Kmart stores attract unsophisticated consumers. Not so, said Judge Tenney, who weighed in with his own opinion.
"It strikes the court as more than a little elitist to believe that Kmart shoppers fail to exercise care merely because they shop at a discount store," Judge Tenney wrote. "In fact, an argument can be made that shoppers with limited budgets use more care in spending their more limited resources than shoppers at non-discount stores."
MARTINEZ TALKS STRATEGY: Arthur Martinez, chairman and chief executive officer of the Sears Merchandising Group, will discuss strategies for streamlining operations at the National Retail Federation's Logistics and Inventory Management Conference and Exhibition, May 15-18, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Other highlights of the meeting include a discussion of military logistics procedures for the business world and a panel discussion of senior vice presidents of major stores focusing on challenges for retailers.
SHOPKO NAMES MCCONNELL: Christine Wertz McConnell has been appointed divisional merchandise manager for all women's apparel for ShopKo. She had been with Prange's Department Stores since 1975 and was its vice president and general merchandise manager from 1986 to 1992. ShopKo, based in Green Bay, Wis., operates 122 stores.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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