La Chanelphile

April 30, 2012

Fashion In The Streets: Chanel Sightings in San Francisco & The Alameda Point Antique Faire

I’ve been sitting on these photos for some time, I must admit that I see a lot more Chanel on the streets but I don’t walk around with my camera and/or phone out all the time so most of the time the Chanels just walk on by… But sometimes, I get lucky like I did at the Alameda Point Antique Fair.  It’s hard to know what faux or not – some are definitely fake, and some I just don’t know but I like seeing anything Chanel inspired….

Likely real.

Very likely real.

Faux, but really cute.

If they’re piled on the floor, I’m guessing they’re fake.

I also saw some gems in San Francisco like the blue purse, metallic ballet flats and the very fake (but very funny) sweat shirt…

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September 24, 2011

Chanel Sues 399 Websites Alleging Trademark Infringement

Earlier this week Chanel filed a claim in the U.S. District Court is Las Vegas against 399 websites alleging cyberpiracy and trademark infringement due to the sale of counterfeit Chanel products bearing the Chanel name and logo.  Many of these websites operate outside the country and dilute the Chanel mark. (Intellectual Property Brief)

Claimants in trademark infringement cases need to prove customer confusion – that is, they need to prove that customers visiting one of the 399 websites may be confused as to whether the products are authentic Chanel goods.  Since the websites are unlawfully using the Chanel marks and selling fake products I don’t think this will be a difficult case to prove.

This is not the first time that Chanel has made efforts to protect its mark. Last year I wrote a post about Chanel winning several domain name disputes where counterfeit goods were sold online through websites that misleadingly had the word “Chanel” in the url and in October 2010, Chanel Inc. sued a chain of costume jewelry stores for selling counterfeit merchandise.  Chanel also took out an infamous letter on the back page of WWD asking editors not to use the Chanel name to describe products that are not made by Chanel.  The ad stated:

A note of information and entreaty to fashion editors, advertisers, copywriters and other well-intentioned mis-users of our Chanel name:

Chanel was a designer, an extraordinary woman who made a timeless contribution to fashion. Chanel is a perfume. Chanel is modern elegance in couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, watches and fine jewelry. Chanel is our registered trademark for fragrance, cosmetics, clothing, accessories and other lovely things. Although our style is justly famous, a jacket is not ‘a Chanel jacket’ unless it is ours, and somebody else’s cardigans are not ‘Chanel for now.’ And even if we are flattered by such tributes to our fame as ‘Chanel-issime, Chanel-ed, Chanels, and Chanel-ized’, PLEASE DON’T. Our lawyers positively detest them. We take our trademark seriously.


Chanel, Inc.

Chanel has even sent cease and desist letters to DC Shoes because of the similarity in logo design.

With all of this legal activity surrounding the Chanel brand, it’s a little funny that Thursday Friday is now selling a tote bag with the likeness of the Chanel 2.55 bag printed on it.  You may have heard of the brand a while back when they came out with the Birkin totes – which by the way they are now being sued for.  It seems to me it’s just a matter of time before Chanel sues them as well.

Thursday Friday Diamond Series Chanel Tote

Thursday Friday Diamond Series Chanel Tote

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September 16, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of September 12, 2011

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  • Kirsten Dunst wore a long white Chanel skirt to the Melancholia premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  (Just Jared)
  • Read about Grasse, the region in France where many of the flowers used in Chanel fragrances come from. (New Zealand Herald)

karl lagerfeld manicure

  • Chin Chow sported a lovely manicure and when asked about it, all she could say was that it was for a shoot she did with Karl Lagerfeld – can’t wait to see!  I love this manicure – I may have to replicate it! (Style)
  • Word on the Hollywood streets is that Lea Michelle and Dianna Agron, both of Glee fame, are sourcing rare vintage couture from the Chanel archives for the Emmy Awards.  I hope this is true because I would love to see dresses from the archives – though I’d be afraid to wear it!  (E!)
  • Another rumor, this on the financial end, but word is because of the weakend dollar in Asia, some Chanel boutiques in Asia are “limiting new customers to one bag before they get into a deeper relationship.”  (Forbes)
  • Tory Burch debuted her first clothing collection at New York Fashion Week and Suzy Menkes called it “Coco Chanel Lite”.  (New York Times)
  • Elizabeth Taylors clothing and jewels are up for auction this December including a dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld back when he was designing “for the Tiziani label in Rome.”  (New York Times)

voodoo chanel

  • Chicks on Speed have created a “Voodoo Chanel” exhibit and one of the designers stated: “I actually wanted to offer them [Chanel] to do a youth line – that Voodoo Chanel becomes super hip, because we’re making Chanel cool by making Voodoo Chanel!”  REALLY?  YOU’re making Chanel cool? Ha!  (WWD)
  • mrluxlifey shows us what it’s like to open up a box with a Chanel bag for the very first time (mrluxlifey)

  • Chanel tops Alexa Chung’s list of fashion favorites, she stated:  ‘They’re just so frigging classy.”  Well said.  (Elle UK)
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Pharrell Williams Customized His Boots With Double C’s

pharrell chanel boots

Pharrell Williams had the Twitterverse atwitter when he tweeted a photo of a pair of black Timberland boots with double C’s on them.  Everyone was speculating about a potential new collaboration but it appears it was simply some DIY magic.  He customized the boots himself – looks like he’s a Chanel fan – but he should just wear the real thing non?

Sources: Moe Jackson & Complex

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