PARIS — A French court Friday ordered eBay, the online auction giant, to pay damages to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA for allowing the sale on its site of counterfeits of the French luxury goods company’s fragrances.
EBay has been ordered to pay 80,000 euros, or $117,820 at current exchange rates, for allowing a key word search for Christian Dior, Kenzo, Givenchy and Guerlain perfumes on its site without authorization.
The ruling marks LVMH’s second court victory against eBay. In June, the auction site was ordered to pay 38 million euros, or $55.7 million, for allowing the sale of fake LVMH merchandise.
EBay this week petitioned the European Union to stop luxury goods companies from blocking online sales of their products, as regulators prepare to adjust antitrust rules on distribution deals to take into account the stronger power of large retailers and the growing popularity of e-commerce.
EBay lawyers have become regular courtside fixtures on both sides of the Atlantic as the Internet auction site has locked horns not only with LVMH, but also L’Oréal and Tiffany & Co.
The Internet company has had mixed results to date. In June 2008, the Web site was ordered to pay Hermès a fine of 20,000 euros, or $31,058, for failing to monitor the authenticity of goods sold on its site.
However, in July, in a case that pitted eBay against Tiffany, a U.S. court ruled eBay does not have the legal responsibility to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods. The jewelry retailer’s lawyers have since presented written arguments to an appeals court asking for a reversal of the ruling. And in May, the Paris High Court ruled eBay is not accountable for the sale of counterfeit L’Oréal beauty products on its French Web site in a case brought against the online auctioneer by the beauty giant.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast