CUSTOMS SEIZURE: U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday it seized a shipment of counterfeit Ed Hardy apparel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The shipment contained fake Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier tank tops and pullovers with a domestic value of $50,000 and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price value of $1.4 million. The shipment seized was destined for New Jersey. “These violations hurt not only the American public, but companies lose billions of dollars in revenue each year from trademark violations,” said Robert Perez, director of field operations in New York for the agency.

Michael Kors has appointed Thomas Cohan Jr. vice president of sales for the men’s collection. He reports to Tim Di Salvo, senior vice president of men’s collection. Cohan has spent 20 years in the industry, most recently as vice president of sales for Hugo Boss, overseeing all brands in men’s and women’s. He was involved in the strategic development of the company’s multibrand structure. He has also worked for Salant, Hartmarx and Zanella.

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LEIBER LICENSING DEAL: American accessories firm Judith Leiber has joined with Indian designer Suneet Varma in a cobranded licensing agreement. Varma will create a collection called Suneet Varma for Judith Leiber. A capsule collection will be introduced for resort and a complete collection will bow for spring 2010. The Marigold Group distributes Judith Leiber in India and the company has a flagship in New Delhi and two smaller stores. Varma launched his signature ready-to-wear collection in 1993 in New Delhi and has four boutiques, including a wholesale distribution network.

UNIONS FORM NEW GROUP: Labor unions seeking peace after years of infighting have created the National Labor Coordinating Committee. The leaders of 14 major unions, including the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UNITE HERE, joined under the umbrella committee to advance their legislative priorities with a more labor-friendly White House and Congress under the control of the Democrats.

Hugues de Pins has been named president of Vacheron Constantin in North America. De Pins succeeds Julien Tornare, who has been promoted to worldwide sales director of Vacheron Constantin International. In his new role, Pins will report to Juan Carlos Torres, chief executive officer of the 254-year-old brand. He is responsible for overseeing all U.S. operations, including marketing and sales. De Pins was most recently brand director for Vacheron Constantin in the Middle East and India, based in Dubai.

JOBS PROGRAM: The Accessories Council has teamed up with the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to create Accessories Council/LIM Talentsource to help fashion and fashion-related industry professionals identify new career opportunities. The program will provide a database of positions and candidates for potential employees, offer career counseling, have network events and educational events to all partners. “The fashion industry has some of the best talent in the U.S. economy, and by partnering with LIM, we hope to keep that talent here, in the fashion industry,” said Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council.

PUBLIC MOVES: Public Clothing Co. has signed a seven- year lease for 8,000 square feet at The Fashion Tower at 499 Seventh Avenue. Its brands Generra, French Cuff and Private Label will now be housed in one full-floor space. Kaufman Organization handled the transaction, and while terms of the lease were undisclosed, the asking price for the space was $43 a square foot.

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