Motorola Enters Wearable Gadget Arena
Motorola is breaking into the wearables market with the launch of the Moto 360 smartwatch. Like most other smartwatches on the market, the device connects to the wearer’s mobile device, displaying content such as calendar notifications and text messages and even giving directions to a particular destination. Much of the functionality is activated by just talking to the watch.
Two colorways go on sale today: a dark metal face with a black leather strap and a light metal face with a gray leather strap, both retailing for $250 at motorola.com, Best Buy (and bestbuy.com) and Google Play. Later this fall, Moto versions with metal chain-link bracelets will go on sale for $300.
Calvin Klein Jeans Relaunch Shows Promise
Calvin Klein Jeans has been the most challenging business of those acquired as part of PVH’s acquisition of The Warnaco Group Inc. last February and has accounted for the majority of integration difficulties faced by the $8.2 billion New York-based apparel giant in its first 19 months of ownership.
PVH is seeking cleaner distribution and firmer pricing in its quest to reinvigorate the jeans business, considered by many inside and outside PVH to be the first of the major designer jeans franchises. The company is actively limiting distribution in the off-price channel and has established an opening price point in the U.S. of $69.50 from its previous position at $49.50.
David Yurman Sues Sam’s Club
David Yurman Enterprises and David Yurman IP LLC on Thursday sued Sam’s East Inc. and Sam’s West Inc., which operate as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club, in a federal district court in Houston.
The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, false designation of origin, tortious interference with Yurman’s contractual relations and unfair competition in connection with the sale of David Yurman-branded jewelry. In the complaint, Yurman charged the membership warehouse club with “wrongful, unauthorized promotion and sale” of the infringing items in several locations in Texas, other stores throughout the U.S. and through its Web site. The court document also alleged that the defendant induced one or more of Yurman’s authorized retailers to sell the products to Sam’s Club in violation of their authorized retailer agreements. In the industry, the unauthorized practice is sometimes referred to as “transshipping.”
The company is seeking injunctive relief to bar Sam’s Club from selling the alleged infringing product as well as unspecified damages and related legal costs, such as attorney’s fees.
-Selicia A. Walker