By and  on August 6, 2009

Gucci has launched an e-commerce site in Canada. The site offers a full selection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry and timepieces, along with Internet exclusives. Previously, Canadian shoppers could not have orders delivered to Canadian addresses. The new site, which went live July 29, joins Gucci’s e-commerce businesses in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Gucci is utilizing existing North American distribution centers to service the Canadian market.

Separately, on Wednesday, Judge Richard Berman of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan barred two Gucci relations from using the family name in their business pursuits without prior consent. Berman found Jennifer Gucci, the ex-wife of the late Paolo Gucci, and her daughter Gemma had willfully infringed on the Italian house’s name in the marketing and sale of their own branded consumer products. Gucci America Inc. filed its suit in 2007, accusing the women and their licensing agent, Edward Litwak, of using the surname, paired in some cases with red and green stripes and repeating “JG” and “GG” monograms, to confuse consumers about the origins of their goods.

Berman permanently enjoined the three from using the name for lines of coffee, bedding, housewares, cosmetics, hosiery, handbags, wine and gelato, but ruled the women could use their full names to market other products in the future if they receive permission from Gucci and include a disclaimer. A magistrate judge will determine monetary damages, including profits from the name’s improper use and legal fees, to be paid by Litwak. An attorney for the three defendants did not return a call seeking comment.

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