Today’s Fashion Headlines. August 25, 2011

August 25, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

CFDA tries to fight couterfeiting while eBay still has knock offs, and HMX pushes their women's RTW line

CDFA Fights Counterfeit with a Manifesto

The CFDA hates counterfeiting. So much in fact, that the association is doing something about it. The CFDA has sent a Design Manifesto poster to nearly 1,300 people in design studios, retail offices, fashion schools and other fashion environments. The poster is currently available for download on

“Design begins with creativity, so we have created this Design Manifesto as a reminder to respect the rightful ownership of ideas,” CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg wrote in the letter that accompanied the poster. “The CFDA believes the protection of the intellectual property of designers begins with each of us, and this Design Manifesto is a reminder that originality always wins. Hang it in your creative space and be proud of who you are.”

Still Knockoffs on eBay

Thursday Friday, the company that settled a lawsuit with Hermès International in June over the sale of its canvas totes bearing the Birkin bag’s image, told WWD Tuesday that it found knockoffs of its offending bag on an eBay’s U.K. site.

The bag named the Together Bag, which retailed for $65, had become a bestseller since its launch last December. But after the company agreed to stop selling the bag, fakes began popping up all over the internet.Many of the bags came from Asia and had a re-sale price for as much as $400. The object of Thursday Friday’s ire is an India-based eBay vendor who is selling a trio of bags dubbed Together Tote Bags for $39.99.

Not only are counterfeits “not up to Thursday Friday’s quality standards,” but they also infringe on the company’s Together Bag trademark, said creative director Roni Brunn. “It’s not new that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” she said. “In this case, imitation is an unintentional form of comedy.…If the bags were better made, we’d buy them, too… We hope eBay is going to come through for us.”

HMX Amping up Women’s RTW Lines

Over the past year, HMX has been quietly revamping its women’s business, consisting of brands Exclusively Misook, Christopher Blue, Jag, Worn and Bobby Jones, which now operates as Clover by Bobby Jones. As part of the overhaul of its women’s business, HMX is also adding the licensed Ivanka Trump ready-to-wear collection, which will launch during the September market for a February introduction at retail. “We do see this very clear space in the better arena for something that is certainly more feminine, and a bit more fun, glamorous and playful — these are words we use when we describe the collection,” said Victoria Vandagriff, HMX’s executive vice president of women’s sales, who declined to disclose sales projections for the collection.

The Ivanka Trump RTW line aims to capture the spirit of the real estate heiress and television personality. Sullivan worked closely with Trump to develop the collection. “I told her I wold like to see the kinds of things she likes, her lifestyle, and what her passions are,” said Eileen Sullivan, HMX’s senior vice president of women’s design. “I said I want to see pictures of her and her husband spending the weekend together, so she sent me all these fabulous photographs that gave me an understanding that she was stylish and had confidence. She was a real person that just loves life.” Wholesale prices range from $29 to $90.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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