Victoria’s Secret has quite a few secrets its been keeping. One: the lingerie retailer is selling cheap hosiery under the pretenses that it was made by a company that didn't make it. Its former hosiery manufacturer, Zephyrs, is bringing a $15 million suit against VS in Columbus, Ohio for falsely advertised hosiery (that they did not make) with photos that appear on authentic Zephyrs products. The NJ-based manufacturer is also asking the court to order Victoria’s Secret to remove the misleading packaging and in-store displays, and issue a recall for its Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows.
Zephyrs’s lawyer (and fashion law heavyweight) Joseph Gioconda of Gioconda Law Group PLLC told WWD:
Victoria’s Secret changed the product in the packaging but didn’t change anything else except Made in Canada on the back of the package. It used to say Made in Italy. [It sold] at least $120 million worth of Zephyrs-designed product throughout all 50 states, through the Victoria’s Secret chain of retail stores, the Victoria’s Secret print catalogue and the popular Victoria’s Secret Web site. We are planning to proceed and will be serving papers to Victoria’s Secret and The Limited as well as other Victoria’s Secret entities. They will have 21 days to respond.