Filed under: Handbags
The employees countersued for harassment and defamation. And this is where it really gets weird. Marciano didn't cooperate with pretrial proceedings or defend himself at the trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White excluded him from court proceedings earlier this year because he had repeatedly failed to show up at depositions. In response Marciano has taken his battle against the judge to his campaign website and blog saying that the judged denied him his rights. He has also sued her in federal court. He will also likely appeal the case.
Filed under: Handbags
Guess has created handbags that ape the looks of designer bags for far less money for years but Gucci has had enough. Bloomberg reports that Gucci Group's U.S. unit is suing Guess? Inc. for trademark infringement. The companies both make ample use of the "g" logo and both do interlocking G pattens and embossed leather (or in Guess's case, vinyl).
Gucci's lawsuit claims that the knockoffs are no homage but are instead "part of a sophisticated and elaborate scheme to target Gucci, to create products that are similar in appearance to the most popular and best-known Gucci products." Gucci is seeking damages as well as a court order banning Guess from using the disputed designs and calling for surrender of all the existing bags in question.
Copying has become commonplace in the fashion world especially when a lower-priced line imitates a more expensive brand. It becomes a question of just how similar the designs are and whether or not the lookalike handbags and wallets are damaging the Gucci brand.
Gallery: Gucci or Guess?
Filed under: Cosmetics and Fragrance
The scent was created by created by perfumer Barbara Zoebelein of Drom Fragrances for Parlux Fragrances. It has top notes of cardamom, Curaçao orange, starfruit and grapefruit, a heart of pink honeysuckle, peony and crystal jasmine, and a base of musk, vanilla, dulce de leche and blonde wood. It starts off a little powdery but in a half hour or so you are left with a warm and sweet fragrance of musky floral mixed with caramel. Very sensual and a nice summer evening scent. The line includes: 1.7 oz and 3.4 oz eaux de parfum for $49 and $65, a 6 oz. body lotion for $30 and 5 oz. body butter for $35.
Want your own bottle? We are giving away one 3.4 ounce bottle of eau de parfum (sells for $65) at random to a commenter who tells us about their favorite summer scent. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Thursday, May 15, 2008. We'll randomly choose one winner amongst the eligible entries and announce the winner on May 16, 2008.
Some other important details:
* To enter, leave a confirmed comment below telling us about your favorite summer scent.
* The comment must be left and confirmed before Thursday, May 15 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
* You may only enter once.
* One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
* One winner will receive the Guess eau de parfum (value $65).
* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
See complete contest rules here.
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The jeans business has been really good to Guess? clothing company founder Georges Marciano. The proof of that was on display when Marciano spent just under $16.2 million for the largest top-quality, brilliant-cut white diamond ever to appear at auction at Sotheby's on Wednesday. The price ws just shy of the $16.5 million record set for a 100.1 carat stone in 1995. The stone is a D-color stone with flawless clarity and cut, polish, and symmetry all graded excellent and clocks in at a healthy 84.37 carats. The auction took place at the Beau Rivage hotel in Geneva, Switzerland and brought in just under $57 million in total sales. Mariciano, who bid by phone, has named his diamond after his daughter Chloe. The stone was owned by Ron Cohen, the owner of the Los Angeles-based Clean Diamonds, who bought it from Angola's national diamond company two years ago.