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The Fashion Week Event At War With Fashion Week

Le 9 August 2018, 05:03 dans Mode 0

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” Icon works spoken by Alexander McQueen. As a muse to female founder and CEO, Stephanie Benedetto, her company, Queen of Raw, embodies the mentality. Empowering the masses, targeting disadvantaged emerging designers, and providing access to the estimated $120 billion deadstock fabric industry otherwise untouchable without her revolutionary tech platform.

Deadstock is the fashion industry’s dirty little secret, but Queen of Raw likes to share. Unsold excess textile product sits in warehouses accumulating dust, having never left the grounds it was produced on.

Lost profit to the manufacturer and resources hidden from the eyes of designers looking for it without knowing where to look – disadvantaging the two. QoR helps recapture the values of these luxury fabrics by circulating them back to the market.

The Queen demystifies the search for “raw” one-of-a-kind innovative material all in a single place: an easy to use e-commerce interface. Material is on-demand and ready for immediate shipment, with options for domestic retailers to expedite travel time while minimising their carbon footprint, thereby localising production.

In a broken system, QoR is shining through the shadows of the fashion industry. Leading fabric to light and out of warehouse corners. She’s the virtual business handshake between manufacturer and designer that allows the two to do business with the click of a button.

And in the recent illuminating light of near $40 million of Burberry stock burned to ash in the name of brand protection, Benedetto and her “raw mob” see no time more appropriate to fight fire with -figurative- fire. The raw war ignites.

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Chinese e-commerce apps like Club Factory, Shein, Romwe value India markets

Le 13 July 2018, 07:41 dans Mode 0

India is one of the main markets of focus for China's major cross-border e-commerce players due to high potential for economic growth, according to a report on Sunday.

Five of the top 10 best performing cross-border e-commerce Chinese apps in the first five months --- such as Club Factory, SHEIN, ROMWE and JollyChic - focussed on the Middle East and India markets, according to a report from app data provider App Annie.

According to the report, the Indian market enjoys a huge population and high potential for economic growth, thus attracting many e-commerce players to expand their presence, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Smartphones are popular in Arab countries and local consumers have strong purchasing power. But the oil-rich countries lack textiles and other light sectors, offering cross-border e-commerce opportunities for products like apparel.

Alibaba's AliExpress tops the list, which mainly reviews the performances of third-party business-to-consumer e-commerce platforms targeting overseas consumers, it said.

The report also showed that South American markets pose rising growth potential while developed markets in Europe and the United States remain attractive to Chinese e-commerce players.

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Gucci Slapped with Patent Suit Over Card-Holding iPhone Cases

Le 10 July 2018, 03:54 dans Humeurs 0

In fashion, runway garments are rarely the money-making products for brands. Instead, handbags and footwear, small leather goods and licensed products are the hot-sellers, and so, it is problematic that Gucci is selling a whole lot of iPhone cases complete with credit card holders on the back, according to a new lawsuit. CardShark, LLC alleges in a lawsuit filed late last month in a New York federal court that the Italian design house is running afoul of the law – patent law to be exact – by including credit card pockets on the backs of some of its hot-selling iPhone cases.

Chicago-based Cardshark is arguing that Gucci “has directly and indirectly infringed” its utility patent – number 8,381,904 – which “generally relates to a wireless handheld device protective wallet covering with certain features, including a window housing on the front side of the product, a rear protective face, with an externally accessible pocket that allows the insertion and removal of cards or paper currency.” In short: Cardshark is claiming protection over just about any phone case with a cardholder on the back.

The company points to an array of Gucci phone cases, including the GG Supreme bees iPhone 7 case, Gucci Animalier Bee Leather iPhone 7 Case, Gucci Embroidered Angry Cat GG Supreme iPhone 7 Case, Gucci GG Love iPhone 7 Case, and Gucci Tiger L'Aveugle Par Amour Leather  iPhone 7 Case, among others, which it claims make use of elements covered by its ‘904 patent “without consent of, authority of, or license from [Cardshark].” As a result of “Gucci’s acts of infringement,” Cardshark claims that it “has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”

As for whether the case will go to trial, it seems unlikely given that most, if not all of, the cases that Cardshark has filed to date, including cases against Kate Spade, and Michael Kors, among others brands based on similar claims, have settled before trial.

While Gucci could certainly fight back (and potentially prevail based on prior art that would limit the actual scope of Cardshark's protections) against the alleged expansiveness of Cardshark’s patent – i.e., Gucci could argue that Cardshark does not have exclusive rights in all phone cases with a back pocket and thus, it does not have the right to prevent others from manufacturing and selling phone cases with  a back pocket, it is often more a matter of time and money when it comes to patent lawsuits than the actual merit of the claims at hand.

Settlement long before trial has proven a common outcome in patent infringement cases, as it tends to be much cheaper for the defendant (Gucci in this case) to settle a case or agree to licensing terms of say $100,000, rather than fight even if the defendant is confident that the outcome would be in its favor.

A representative for Gucci declined to comment on the case.

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