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Burberry sues Korean underwear maker for patent violation on design pattern

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Britain's fashion house Burberry said Monday it filed a patent violation suit against SBW, a South Korean underwear maker, with a Seoul court for using its trademark check pattern. Company officials said they concluded SBW's TRY underwear products were in violation of Burberry's trademark. "On Jan. 9, the disputed TRY brand underwear products were found on various online shopping malls. We asked SBW to stop selling them via certified mail and phone calls several times, but the company took no measures," an official said.

Burberry sues Korean underwear maker for patent violation on design pattern

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Britain's fashion house Burberry said Monday it filed a patent violation suit against SBW, a South Korean underwear maker, with a Seoul court for using its trademark check pattern. Company officials said they concluded SBW's TRY underwear products were in violation of Burberry's trademark. "On Jan. 9, the disputed TRY brand underwear products were found in various online shopping malls. We asked SBW to stop selling them via certified mail and phone calls several times, but the company took no measures," an official said.

Burberry sues Korean underwear maker for patent violation on design pattern

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Britain's fashion house Burberry said Monday it filed a patent violation suit against SBW, a South Korean underwear maker, with a Seoul court for using its trademark check pattern. Company officials said they concluded SBW's TRY underwear products were in violation of Burberry's trademark. "On Jan. 9, the disputed TRY brand underwear products were found in various online shopping malls. We asked SBW to stop selling them via certified mail and phone calls several times, but the company took no measures," an official said.

Rwanda says it expelled South Africans, accuses Pretoria of 'harboring dissidents'

KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda said on Friday it expelled six South African diplomats, saying it was concerned about South Africa sheltering Rwandan dissidents Kigali held responsible for "terrorist attacks". The action followed South Africa's expulsion of three Rwandan diplomats Pretoria linked to a raid by gunmen this week on the Johannesburg home of an exiled Rwandan general.

Macau developer, Karl Lagerfeld announce plans for Chanel designer to create first hotel

BEIJING, China - Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel. The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the gambling enclave in southern China, according to Lagerfeld and the Sociedade de Jogos de Macau. "An entire hotel designed by me. It's the first time for me! I think the idea is great!" said Lagerfeld in a statement.

Accessible luxury snaps at heels of mega brands

By Astrid Wendlandt and Brenda Goh PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - While Gucci and Louis Vuitton blame slumping sales on their upmarket drive they argue will help them regain some of their lost glory, there is growing evidence they are losing out to newer, more affordable luxury brands.

'Must-see' Louis Vuitton show wraps up Paris fashion week

Nicolas Ghesquiere's much-anticipated debut for Louis Vuitton was the "must-see" show of Paris fashion week, providing a star-studded finale and opening a new chapter for the luxury brand after the departure of Marc Jacobs. Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, one of Asia's biggest stars, Catherine Deneuve, Princess Charlene of Monaco and one-time mentor Jean Paul Gaultier were among the VIPs on the front row to see the prodigiously talented former Balenciaga designer's first collection.

Adidas expects World Cup to boost sales but warns of market turmoil in Russia, Argentina

BERLIN - German sportswear maker Adidas expects the soccer World Cup will boost sales this year, but warned that volatility in the currencies of markets like Russia and Argentina will dampen results. Adidas predicts sales to rise by a "high single digit" in 2014 when not counting the currency effects, after growing 3 per cent in 2013. When including the currency shifts, however, it warned sales would be significantly lower, after a 3 per cent drop last year. Adidas shares were down 1.4 per cent in morning trading.

Chanel turns itself into a giant supermarket for fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) - Most designers try to make consumers dream at their fashion shows, but Karl Lagerfeld sought to bring them back into real life by presenting his latest collection in a spoof Chanel supermarket. Paris' prestigious Grand Palais, where the French brand traditionally hosts its glamorous shows, was filled with endless rows of Chanel-branded pasta, cheeses, sauces, detergents and other products of daily life created solely for the occasion.

Paris fashion goes shopping at the Chanel supermarket

Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand browsed breakfast cereals in a tiara: Keira Knightley lingered by the cheese counter; Rihanna looked glamorous over by biscuits and cakes. Karl Lagerfeld took VIPs shopping on Tuesday at the "Chanel Supermarket" complete with fully-stocked aisles, check-outs, trolleys, special offers and discount posters. Always widely anticipated as one of "the events" of Paris fashion, Lagerfeld transformed the city's vast Grand Palais into a life-sized supermarket.
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