New York Fashion Week just wrapped up yesterday. And, as always, the best of American fashion was put on display and fashion enthusiasts across the country died over the beautiful pieces that adorned the lanky models who walked for some of the most reknown names in fashion.
Check out some of my favorite looks below and be sure to follow @nyfw on Instagram for some of the most beautiful photos and videos the past week!
Back in October, Converse sued over 30 brands for trademark infringement, and filed a complaint to the International Trade Commission.
Converse claimed in its lawsuits that these brands and retailers have infringed the American shoe brand’s trademarks and have produced and sold shoes that are confusingly similar to the Chuck Taylors that Converse has become famous for. The specific trademarks in question are the rubber stripe around the shoe and the pattern on the sole of the shoe.
Converse ‘Chuck Taylor’ Sneaker via converse.com
Included in the brands named in the complaint is American brand, Ralph Lauren. This past week, Converse and Ralph Lauren seemed to come to a settlement agreement and jointly filed a motion to terminate the pending suit.
Converse has sued up to 31 brands in 22 lawsuits for trademark infringement alleging that each company has copied its signature shoe, the Chuck Taylor sneaker. The companies sued range from affordable retail stores like Walmart and H&M, to competitors like Skechers, to high fashion brands like Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker
Converse has claimed in its lawsuits that these brands and retailers have infringed the American shoe brand’s trademarks and have produced and sold shoes that are confusingly similar to the Chuck Taylors that Converse has become famous for. Specifically, Converse claims the infringement of the trademarks of the rubber stripe around the shoe and the pattern on the bottom of the shoe.
A judge in New York Federal Court dismissed a lawsuit instituted by Ralph Lauren Corp. against the United States Polo Association and other entities, including Arvind Inc., USPA’s Indian apparel licensee. Ralph Lauren claimed that USPA and Arvind violated a 2003 settlement agreement pertaining to the use of Ralph Lauren’s trademark of the mounted polo player. The District Court judge ruled that the case belongs in arbitration as per the settlement agreement and granted motions by USPA and Arvind to dismiss the complaint and compel arbitration.
Polo Player, Nacho Figueras, Wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt
This ruling is the most recent occurrence in a trademark battle that has been ongoing for nearly 30 years, initially brought on by USPA and its licensees against Ralph Lauren in 1984. The USPA instituted a lawsuit seeking declaratory judgment that a logo bearing a horse and rider image did not infringe on Ralph Lauren’s mounted polo player logo. Ralph Lauren then countersued for trademark infringement. The court in that case dismissed USPA’s motion and ruled that the USPA had in fact not only infringed on Ralph Lauren’s logo, but the use of the word ‘polo’ by USPA constituted trademark infringement as well.