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[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment ]
Internet SalesTax Unconstitutional?

California Governor signed legislation to require out-of-state internet sales companies to collect and pay state sales taxes.  The bill expands the definition of a company having physical presence in the state and now includes companies with subsidiaries in California or business relationships that refer potential customers.
While the bill is a way to generate revenue and reduce state budget deficits, it is a job killer for large internet sales companies–as giants like Amazon and Overstock threaten end their physical presence in CA. Also many smaller businesses often operating out of one’s home …

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[14 Jun 2011 | No Comment ]
Facebook PR For Every Brand?

Imagine being able to complain to Old Slavery Navy about how their “end of the season flip flops” ended soon after you bought them, or having the opportunity to affect how a brand addresses their customers. . . pretty crazy, huh? It’s no mystery that most companies have a Facebook page, and we’ve all embraced the ability to “like” whichever brand we choose. So why not use these channels to call out these brands when they are doing a less than stellar performance? Lately, brands like Burberry and Tory Burch …

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[23 Feb 2011 | No Comment ]
$5 Million for Nail Polish!

On or about early January 2010, American Apparel began receiving reports from its customers and retail employees that the nail polish manufactured by Forsythe Cosmetics was “exploding.” Specifically, reports began surfacing that the bottles contaning the nail polish were breaking, leaking, cracking, etc.
Just like wet nail polish, American Apparel’s reputation began to stink! Headlines from reputable fashion and style blogs across the web began to question AA’s products. (Does American Apparel’s New Nail Polish Contain Hazardous Materials circa. Jezebel 1/26/10?) In the complaint listed below, you will see that American …

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J. Crew jacking UP Lower East Side

Poor J. Crew, what’s it going to do? It is a company struggling to separate itself from Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters and now it is also looking for new ownership.  J. Crew says that their sales have dropped because of nervous shoppers and competitors offering larger discounts.
More interestingly though is a recently filed lawsuit against J. Crew for trademark infringement. Robert G. Lopez is the owner of the “LOWER EAST SIDE” trademark. His clothing line called, L.E.S. Clothing co, manufacturers t-shirts and sweaters for customers looking for an urban chic look in the New York area. …

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Top 10 Posts for 2010

Here are the top 10 Fame Appeal posts for 2010.

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« Fashion and Business
[4 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments ]
Getting Dizzy Over Fast Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons, Sonia Rykiel, and now the prestigious French fashion house, Lanvin; H&M has landed every last mass retailer’s dream collaboration. Fame Appeal does not understand how they do it, but they must be saying the right things. In the past five years, H&M has expanded by opening many new stores across the country. Their business model combines inspiration of high fashion with inexpensive materials and the outcome is short-lived trendy clothing. It has been proven to be highly lucrative, thus the explanation of H&M’s …

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Milano Fashion Global Summit 2010 in Shanghai

With little American news coverage, the Milano Fashion Global Summit was a huge corporate fashion event that this past week. The only news outlets that I could find information on this particular event were in Italian. I tried using my Google Translator to translate the Italian to English, but I still was afraid of misinterpreting the information. The only two English articles I found that had something to say about the event were on Reuters and GulfNews.

On what was covered in American Press, Reuters being the only article found. The message that was …

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« Fashion and Business
[29 Oct 2010 | No Comment ]
Gilt Makes Its First Move

Fame Appeal is a frequent viewer of the members exclusive website, Gilt.com. The main reason why we repeatedly check the website is because of the luck of finding considerable discounts on famous brands that at retail price takes too much of a hit on our wallets (or purses). Usually, we are late and most of the items that we would want to buy are already sold out; however, sometimes we do get lucky. That was the case when I bought my first item on Gilt Man, a pair of Gourmet …

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« Fashion and Business
[27 Oct 2010 | No Comment ]
Louis Vuitton is a Hermes homewrecker!

Business Organization class for Louis Vuitton (LVMH). 75% of Hermes is owned by its family. 17% of the remaining 25% is owned by Hermes competitor Louis Vuitton! What is a couture house like Hermes going to do when its main competitor starts sleeping in the knitting factory?
(Reuters) French luxury goods company LVMH’s surprise acquisition of 17.1 percent of rival Hermes at a major discount to recent market levels will be investigated by the local market regulator.
Hermes, known for leather goods and scarves, said on Monday it had not been aware of LVMH’s stakebuilding, adding …

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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment ]
Fendi No longer Bluffing

Fendi has been awarded triple damages against Burlington Coat Factory for breach of a 23 year old injunction prohibiting Burlington from selling counterfeit Fendi goods. This ruling puts retailers on notice that they need to take an active role in investigating the source of their goods. They can no longer avoid liability for selling counterfeits by failing to verify the origin and authenticity of the goods received from vendors or they may face a claim of willful blindness. 

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