For some of us, window shopping was the extent of our purchase power at Tiffany’s. But when some of Elsa Peretti’s elegant and fluid jewelry became part of Tiffany’s collection at $250 and under, even modest incomes could afford to take part in the Tiffany tradition and bring home a magnificently crafted piece in a smart robin’s egg blue box. Alas, recent reports have revealed that Peretti and Tiffany may be parting ways, eliciting many a frustrated sigh from aspiring plebeians everywhere.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”. No, that isn’t Rick about Ilsa, it’s Burberry about the Bogart Estate. Of all the, say, 800 million Facebook accounts in existence, a pair of peepers from the Bogart Estate happened to land on Burberry’s Facebook page, and, surprise, surprise, didn’t like what it saw.
French graffiti artist Kidult vandalized Marc Jacob’s posh Soho New York store last week by spray painting the word “ART” on the establishment’s brick wall while the fashion elite were attending the annual Met Costume Gala uptown. Jacobs’ quick-thinking publicity team tweeted a picture of the graffiti with the caption “Art by Art Jacobs,” which Jacobs has subsequently appropriated from Kidult by screen printing onto a pink t-shirt, offered for sale only at the Soho location at a steep price of $689.
On April 11, 2012, the Department of Commerce released a report that focused on the broad range of industries that benefit from IP, both directly and indirectly. According to Law of Fashion, ‘the report will be used as a tool to help press for intellectual protections in trade negotiations and provide supporting data for the administration’s new International Trade Enforcement Agency, which could bring cases against countries where counterfeiting and digital piracy is rampant.” IP is a key component in our economic growth. It comes as no surprise that IP-intensive industries support the jobs of approximately 40 million workers because the impact of copyright, trademark, and patent protection is inevitably enormous. The Obama Administration’s focus on promoting innovation can trigger a successful, competitive, international market, and by enforcing and protecting IP rights, these IP related industries can continue to support these jobs and contribute to about $5 trillion to U.S. domestic product. The report summary stated, “Without this framework, the creators of intellectual property would tend to lose the economic fruits of their own work, thereby undermining the incentives to undertake the investments necessary to develop the IP in the first place.” Within our Case Clothesed blog, we have seen countless numbers of lawsuits in the fashion industry where creators of IP fight to protect their work so that others cannot benefit off a work that isn’t theirs.
The report identified some of the most IP-intensive industries that use copyright, trademark, and patent protections the most extensively. Electronic shopping & mail-order houses, footwear manufacturing, and clothing stores were among the top trademark-intensive industries with top 100 global brands in 2011. It is clear that the fashion industry thrives off of innovation and incentives to invent and create. While the fashion world is only a mere portion of the IP market, this report puts into perspective just how much IP protection affects commerce throughout the economy.
The full report can be found here.
It goes without saying that the perfect pair of jeans is worth more than the price tag. Finding that pair that fits great, is the perfect color, and is good quality is a combination that one might actually say is priceless. True Religion has gone to great lengths to protect what it deems is the perfect combination and recently won an $863.9 million cybersquatting suit.
According to WWD, François-Henri Pinault shot back today against accusations that his luxury group supports plagiarism at a press conference following the publication of PPR’s 2011 results. Pinault was addressing the accusations Louboutin made to French daily Libération, where Louboutin compared PPR to counterfeiters and claimed the group was trying to destroy his independent label. Pinault responded to the accusations by indicating his confidence that Yves Saint Laurent would win the right to continue selling shoes with red soles in the ongoing case against Christian Louboutin. According to the PPR chairman and chief executive officer, “We won the first proceedings in quite precise, clear terms and I am therefore very confident with regard to this case, even if I regret it, because these are two great houses and I think we have better things to do than to fight in court over a question of color.”
Bernard Belair, Brooklyn artist and photographer, has a had knack for creating “physically distorted women”, Boing Boing reports, and in the late 90s he registered his design which became popular with the Steve Maddan brand as an advertisement in Seventeen Magazine. That particular ad went on to inspire Margaret Leahy, a sculptor, used that advertisement as the basis for the beginning of Bratz dolls, a line of dolls with exaggerated features and proportions that are marketed to girls between the ages of 4-8. Read More
Jewelry designer Fred’s newest campaign featuring super model Kate Moss’s jewelry line, are accused of copying luxury jewelry designer David Yurman’s Spring 2011 campaign. David Yurman, one of Moss’ former clients and rival to Fred, told Page Six, “That the Fred campaign is embarrassingly similar to the one David Yurman ran a year ago. When you are a leader in your category, you get used to people copying you. We are confident consumers know the difference.”