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Denim News: Levi’s Sues Evisu Over Tribute Jean

Tisk-tisk…I think we all saw this coming.

In a somewhat unsurprising move, Levi Strauss & Co. has cried foul over Evisu??™s plans to replicate some of the American denim brand??™s most famous pairs of jeans.

The San Francisco-based company filed a trademark infringement suit against its younger competitor on March 26. The action came a little more than two weeks after Evisu chief executive officer Scott Morrison revealed details of the upcoming ???Private Stock??? line to WWD on March 11. At the time, the Japanese brand said the limited edition run, set to ship for fall, would pay homage to Levi??™s 1944 501 jeans, its 1890 ???Nevada??? pair and its 1917 ???Campbell??? jeans. (WWD)

Evisu may have built their brand to have a cult following over the years, and rightfully so, but the bottom line is, don’t mess with the original denim  innovators.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Apr 01 2010 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Industry Betting on Denim for Back to School


Posted THURSDAY JULY 16, 2009

From WWD ISSUE 07/16/2009

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Guess??™ SoHo store features denim (Photo by Kyle Erickson)




Looks from Gap??™s 1969 Premium Jeans. (Photo by George Chinsee)

















The industry is betting big on denim for back-to-school. 

In a landscape pockmarked with liquidations, reduced inventories and discounting, retailers and brands are targeting denim as the vehicle to drive sales in the year??™s second most important selling season. 

Gap Inc. and Guess Inc. are going back to their heritage for fall and stressing denim in their merchandise plans, and Levi Strauss & Co. thinks an uptick in denim interest will help turn around lagging volume. A shift toward more affordable prices in many lines should also prove attractive to shoppers who have pulled back on spending because of the recession. 

Early forecasts on the season aren??™t upbeat, but denim has shown resilience during the downturn. 


Looks from Gap??™s 1969 Premium Jeans. (Photo by George Chinsee)

The National Retail Federation??™s b-t-s survey found the average family with children in kindergarten through high school will spend $548.72, a drop of 7.7 percent from $594.24 last year. Although this figure includes anticipated spending on everything from pencils and Trapper Keepers to computers, it??™s certain that consumers will be hunting down sales in almost every spending category. 

No less an authority than J. Crew Group Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Millard ???Mickey??? Drexler has said the jeans market is saturated at cheaper price points and at $125 and above. However, Drexler, who this week launched the Madewell ??™37s jeans collection, also thinks there??™s an opening in the middle for ???cool, well-made, well-designed jeans at $59.50 and up to $100.??? 


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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 16 2009 in Uncategorized
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