Adidas is taking Wal-Mart to court over those darn stripes. The sporting goods company recently filed a lawsuit against Payless for the same reason and received the largest sum ever awarded for trademark infringement (an estimated 305 million). It seems Adidas, the second largest sporting goods retailer in the world, is not hesitating to take Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, to battle. The two companies have had this discussion before, in 1995 and 2002, and in both cases Wal-Mart was asked to remove items from it's stock that were confusingly similar to those of Adidas. This time, Adidas is taking names.
Let's not forget that Miami Swim Week begins next month, after all, sportswear (as Resort has proven) has as much significance in this country as denim. So, Deisel will kick off the week of shows, and other cross-pollinating brands, like Australia's Zimmerman, will serve as a reminder of why a Mercedes-Benz sponsored swim week is necessary in the first place.
The black issue of Vogue Italia comes out next week and Cathy Horyn has leaked a glimpse at the contents with images and quotes from the participants. Hopefully this issue will stir up some dialogue, and poise the Spring shows to serve as an example of its impact.
The third installment of Summer Camp, a series of short videos by Bruce Webber for W Magazine, has surfaced on YouTube. There are models, there are school buses, there is Miami and, most notably, the best vintage store we've ever been to in our lives that we thought only our Moms knew about.