Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone enjoyed a bit of a break, perhaps even finding time for a little rest and rejuvenation….maybe?
We begin with news that there is peace in our time. Kinda’ sorta’. (Nope, we’re not referring to those yahoos in Washington.) We’re talking about that
nasty little fight spat between Tory Burch and her ex-husband, Christopher Burch. An agreement was reached in the escalating argument and lawsuits between the two.
At the heart of the dispute is whether Mr. Burch, in creating his own store concept, called C. Wonder, veered too far into the retail territory of the wildly successful Tory Burch business, which the Burches founded in 2003, by copying some of her signature preppy looks and the interior designs of her stores. (They divorced in 2007.)
There were some similarities. Below we show C. Wonder’s Saffiano Wallet and a Tory Burch Coin Purse.
But as Vanity Fair noted, it isn’t like some of the Tory Burch ideas weren’t also derivative of other products and brands.
More on the issue of originality from Mr. Burch’s lawyer, via Women’s Wear Daily:
Chris Burch’s lawyer, Andrew Rossman, said both brands’ products reflected “timeless styles that other people invented.”
“I don’t think Tory Burch invented the cardigan, the gold button or the ballet flat,” he offered.
Things really took on a bizarre tone when Delaware Judge Leo Strine to let loose with his own opinions about all manner of things quasi-related to the case.
““Are the Burches WASPs? Do we know?.…I think you’re going to have to have interrogatories about who’s a WASP….
Real WASPs actually don’t go and pay full Polo price. They don’t pay full Polo price at Macy’s. No way. They actually will find a bargain. That’s how they got to be, you know, WASPs.’
As WWD noted, the settlement “….enables both sides to avoid a nasty courtroom battle.” Legal beagles might get a kick out of reading the actual counterclaim Tory Burch filed against Christopher Burch, it includes things likes comparison photos allegedly showing how C. Wonder copied the Tory Burch brand.
One other note about the Tory Burch, this one involving the designer’s merchandise at a deep discounter Tuesday Morning.
On the left we show the Tory Burch Logo Tote in cream and blue selling for $199.99 (“compare to $295”), on the right, the Multicolored Handle Logo Tote, it is $269.99 (“compare to $365”). There are other bags shown, like these Bird Logo Totes.
The Tuesday Morning price is $249.99, “compared to $335”. Oddly, when doing a search for these, almost all of those I found were eBay listings… color me confused.
Finally today, one more retail-related tidbit. Lilly Pulitzer is gearing up for another significant sale. (Disregard the time shown on the digital clock in the graphic.)
The online-only event begins “8amish” tomorrow morning. If like similar online events the discounts will be worth one’s while, with ground shipping free for all orders, regardless of amount. Those who experienced the site meltdown during the last sale are praying for smooth sailing this go-round, I’m sure Lilly will have everything under control, more than anyone they don’t want a repeat of the system collapse.
Happy hunting to those shopping!