NEW YORK — Cartier tallied two victories against several retailers selling imitation Cartier, Panerai and Piaget watches over the Internet.
In separate lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, the French luxury goods designer and manufacturer accused two online retailers of modifying authentic Cartier watches and selling them as upscale models. The lawsuits resulted in injunctions against the retailers.
According to the complaints, the online retailers obtained authentic Cartier watches, then added diamonds in a pattern that imitated the diamond placement of higher-end models. It was also alleged that stainless steel metal bands were polished to give the appearance of Cartier’s white gold models. The retailers could not be reached for comment.
These complaints deal with similar issues seen in another case being closely watched by retailers and suppliers in which Tiffany & Co. filed a claim against eBay in June saying the online auctioneer violated its trademarks by allowing sales of counterfeit Tiffany goods.
In an Aug. 27 ruling, Judge Richard C. Casey issued a permanent injunction against San Francisco-based The Finest Jewelry Inc., retailing under Thefinestjewelry.com, barring sales of the imitation Cartier and Piaget watches.
The case has been turned over to a U.S. magistrate judge to determine damages to be awarded.
According to the original complaint, filed Jun. 21, the retailers copied Cartier’s Panthere, Tank Française, Tank Americaine and Tank Divan designs, while copying Piaget’s Protocole and Tradition designs.
In a separate case, against Philadelphia-based TNS Diamonds Inc., which conducts retail operations through jewelers-row2.com and tnsdiamonds.com, Judge Lewis Kaplan issued a preliminary injunction halting the sale of any altered Cartier watches until the case is decided.
As laid out in the original complaint, filed Aug. 18, Cartier still seeks a permanent injunction, an undetermined amount in damages and that all altered watches and related advertising be handed over for destruction.
“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