November 27, 2014

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Hermès vs. LVMH: A Timeline of the Drama

In light of the recent resolution between Hermès and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, here is a look back at what the two luxury rivals have been through over together. The two have been embroiled in quite a few battles over the past several years, which stem from transactions that date back to 2001. We put together a timeline of key events between the two parties to help you get a handle of what exactly has occurred and what can be expected in the near future …

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How Are We Supposed to Feel About Terry Richardson’s Valentino Ads? – Styleite

There’s No Such Thing as Overexposure in Fashion: “To declare someone as “overexposed,” they must reach a point of diminishing returns on their efforts. And based on the snowball effect we see with stars like Pharrell Williams, good things lead to only more good things.” – Style.com

Vanessa Friedman on Bad Reviews, John Galliano and Fashion’s Diversity Problem – Paper

London-based designer Osman Yousefzada has teamed up with e-commerce giant Amazon for a collab – TFS

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Proenza Schouler, Cushnie et Ochs & Prabal Gurung Give Career Advice

Last year our friends over at Marie Claire ran an article in which it asked the designers behind five labels to share their best career advice. Since their tips on making it in fashion are just as relevant as ever, we have taken excepts from the advice given by the designers behind three of our favorite brands, Proenza Schouler, Cushnie et Ochs, and Prabal Gurung, and shared them with you …

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Havaianas Has Been Winning Trademark Lawsuits

In addition to teaming up with some major fashion names over the past several years (think: Missoni, Versace, etc.), Havaianas has been policing its trademarks quite a bit, filing suits in an array of different courts. The Brazilian footwear brand, which was founded in the late 1950′s and stocks worldwide, is known for its rubber flip flops that bear its graphic  trademark – a pattern that adorns the soles of the sandals to resemble the straw soles of Japanese sandals. Sao Paulo Alpargatas, the company that owns the Havaianas intellectual property, has international trademark rights in its portfolio and has been policing those trademarks. (It federally registered its name in 1962).

The most recent ruling for the brand comes by way of the Paris Court of Appeals, which held that the brand’s trademark, is, in fact, valid, despite the lower court’s ruling to the contrary. Earlier this month, the court held that the trademarked Havaianas pattern, which is “composed of two symmetrical sequences of geometrical figures in the form of an elongated S,” is “readily identifiable” as a source indicator of the sandal company by a significant portion of the consuming public. As such, the court held that the trademark is both “distinctive” and valid. The court further held that the defendant, Too Beach, a French wholesaler, had infringed that mark, and must pay damages and immediately and permanently cease sales of the infringing sandals.

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There is a restaurant inside the Fondation Louis Vuitton and its named after the building’s architect Frank Gehry - AD

Luxury Brands Charge Women More Than Men for the Same Bag, Case in Point: the Givenchy Lucrezia satchel and its menswear counterpart, the Givenchy bicolor leather weekender, plus the his and hers Saint Laurent duffels - Racked

Peter Jensen x Maison Kitsuné: When a Danish fashion superstar and chic Parisian mainstay join forces, great things happen. – Harper’s Bazaar

If Apple Will Poach From Fashion, Then Fashion Will Follow Suit: Pascal Cagni, Apple’s former vice president for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, who worked at the company for 12 years and resigned in 2012, has been consulting for the Internet fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. – NY Times

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Counterfeit Websites are Getting Really Good at Tricking Consumers

The Fashion Law Exclusive – A study by MarkMonitor reveals that while the number of online shoppers seeking out counterfeit goods is not increasing very significantly, the number of shoppers being duped into purchasing fakes is growing. In fact, approximately one in six online shoppers are tricked by websites selling counterfeit goods and one in ten online shoppers land on rogue sites (sites selling counterfeit goods) in their search for authentic goods.

MarkMonitor, a brand protection company, which helps many major brands protect themselves from online counterfeiting, fraud, piracy and cybersquatting, released its annual Shopping Report study last week and the findings present some major warnings for fashion houses. According to the report, along with the rise in websites offering designer goods at discounted prices comes an increased risk that consumers looking to purchase authentic goods are falling victim to counterfeiters that have “camouflaged themselves” as legitimate. Moreover, the 2014 report, which analyzed data from nearly nine million online sessions from roughly 280,000 shoppers, states: “Most shoppers are trying to purchase legitimate goods from brands they’re familiar with and loyal to. But they’re also looking for the best deals on these goods, which is why a shocking number of consumers end up on sites selling counterfeit goods.”

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Chanel Won Employee Discrimination Lawsuit

Chanel won an employment-related lawsuit in Ireland earlier this month, stemming from what a former employee claims was employment discrimination based on pregnancy. The lawsuit was filed by Ilena Cappello, a former employee of Parfum Chanel, in 2011 with the Irish Labour Court and Equality Tribunal. In her complaint, which named Chanel Ltd. and Parfum Chanel, a subsidiary of the famed iconic design house, Cappello claims Chanel “discriminated against her on the grounds of gender, family status and marital status in terms of conditions of employment and other discriminatory conduct.” According to Cappello, she has been working part-time (on Saturdays and Sundays) for the Chanel boutique in a major Dublin department store since September 2010, “to facilitate her studies at UCD.” She stated that “there were never any complaints about her performance.”

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Alexander McQueen has plans to open its first store in Paris next summer, showcasing the brand’s new retail concept by creative director Sarah Burton. The location: a 6,458-square-foot space at 372 Rue Saint-Honoré.

How Tomas Maier saved Bottega Veneta – and he didn’t need a logo – The Star

Two Quest-represented male models struck a pose in court after coke, LSD bust – NY Post

Jean Paul Gaultier employees have staged a demonstration in Paris, in protest over the proposed redundancies that are being made following the designer’s decision to terminate his ready-to-wear collections. – Vogue UK

Net-a-Porter Owner Said to Consider 2015 IPO: Cie. Financiere Richemont SA is considering an initial public offering of online retailer Net-a-Porter as soon as next year, sources say. – Reuters

Now You Know: What Happens When a Designer Leaves His Own Label – InStyle

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