ABERCROMBIE'S TROUBLES: Teen specialty chain Abercrombie & Fitch was named as defendant in a shareholder lawsuit filed in a federal court in Columbus, Ohio, seeking class-action status, alleging that the firm and certain executives provided misinformation about the company's financial statements. The law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman filed the lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of A&F stock between May 17 and Aug. 3. Also named as defendants were Michael S. Jeffries, chairman and chief executive, and Robert S. Singer, president and chief operating officer. According to the law firm in a statement, the lawsuit also raised issues in connection with the timing of stock sales by Jeffries. The firm did not return a call for comment by press time.
NB COATS COMING: Watch out, North Face. New Balance has signed a deal with the Levy Group for women's and men's performance outerwear for fall 2006. The initial products will include shell and fleece looks designed for outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. A collection of lifestyle offerings made of wool, cotton and goose down as well as parkas and rainwear are slated to roll out in spring 2007. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Levy has also put together a team to oversee this business: Todd Katz has joined the Levy Group as president of NB Outerwear; Shannon Hayward is vice president, and Anne Hamilton is design director.
CONWAY SUED: Rocawear Licensing LLC and Roc Apparel Group LLC filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Conway Stores Inc. alleging that Conway intentionally infringed on Rocawear trademarks in manufacturing, distributing and selling items that had similar marks on them without the company's permission. The allegations pertain to three registered trademarks for clothing and footwear: the Rocawear trademark, the Rocawear plus RW Design trademark and the R Stitch design mark. The allegations include trademark infringement, federal unfair competition, dilution and common law unfair competition and trademark infringement. Conway did not respond to calls for comment by press time. The lawsuit claimed Conway used allegedly infringing trademarks on products "with full knowledge of the fame and reputation of the Rocawear marks." The complaint asked that Conway be both preliminary and permanently enjoined from using Rocawear's trademarks or any similar marks. The lawsuit asked for unspecified treble and punitive damages.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews