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Fashion Websites That Really Ship to Canada

This week, new retailers have announced plans to ship to Canada: Urban Outfitters Europe, Demeter Fragrance and Sole Society (now offering a $9.95 flat rate). I'll spare you my rant on the barriers between US-Canada shopping, but the news from these retailers had me thinking of compiling a list of major brands who do give two hoots about their cross border customers.

Zara shipping to Canada

Zara shipping to Canada

Yes, we're used to getting a rough deal after custom fees and postal charges, but here are a few websites that are making our fashion splurges a little more attainable:

  1. Zara Canada's website is a new addition to the online shopping gamut, having only opened in March of this year. You can ship an order to any store for free pickup, or else $5 flat rate to your home.
  2. Shipping from Quicksilver is entirely free, which surely will come in handy this summer as they offer some great bikinis!
  3. A fashion favourite, Shopbop astutely offers free international express shipping with the option of paying duty upfront or upon delivery.
  4. LOFT: Ann Taylor's younger, hipper, trendier sister… she's the website all the cool kids want to hang out with, who fortunately has begun shipping to more than 100 countries, including Canada through Borderfree. I have no experience using Borderfree — though many retailers are embracing the service — but it seems LOFT shipping will cost approx. $12.95 or $19.95 for Express when you spend $125 or more.
  5. America Eagle: AE doesn't generally offer free shipping to Canada — it usually costs $10, which isn't such a tragedy — however, they occasionally offer a free service through promotions, so keep your eyes peeled.
  6. Luxury retailer eLuxe is in fact a Canadian based website — win! — which means that, not only can you take advantage of free shipping, but also no custom charges or extra taxes.
  7. Undoubtedly the treasure trove of online shopping, ASOS offers flat rate international shipping to countless destinations. For Canadian delivery, a nine day service is entirely free and for an Express service it's $15. Just be mindful of those custom fees because they won't be calculated at checkout.
  8. The Outnet: A subsidiary of Net-A-Porter, The Outnet typically sells more discounted designer goods in the manner of Winners. There's a chance for big savings, but you may want to fill your basket to get the most from their $24.95 flat rate shipping cost.

So that's what I have so far, but do feel free to add your own dirty little shipping secrets in the comments section below. Do you know of any fabulous fashion sites that ship to Canada?

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Versace Wins Four-and-a-Half Year Case Against Counterfeiter

Donatella Versace

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After four-and-a-half years of crying money, Italian fashion house Versace has won a legal victory against Griffith Suisse Luxury Group, which is the misleading name of a Philippines- and Australia-based company which sold knock-off versions of the label on eBay. 

Counterfeit designer goods have been a huge problem for the online auction giant. Tiffany & Co. sued the company after the jeweler determined that 83% of its listed products were in fact counterfeited. In 2010, eBay won a dismissal of the case.

Another high profile legal tangle: in 2008, a French court ordered the retailer to pay luxury group LVMH $61 million in damages — but the decision was overturned in 2012. 

Pursuing legal action against eBay hasn't proven to be the most effective route for companies seeking to protect their trademark in online sales. eBay currently has a policy against counterfeiting, promising customers a full refund in case they inadvertently buy a knock-off. The retailer has also been hosting an anti-counterfeit online campaign, You Can't Fake Fashion, in partnership with the CFDA since 2011. 

Versace's recent lawsuit and victory show the fashion industry taking a different approach to reducing online sales of designer fakes. Instead of holding eBay responsible for listed knock-offs, the Italian brand took action against the actual counterfeiting group. And won! 

But the lengthy litigation seems like a testament to how inhospitable the legal climate can often be to companies hoping to protect themselves against even the most blatant forms of trademark infringement. For Versace, the process took almost five years and who knows how many millions of dollars. 

[Update, July 15th, 2013: Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group has contacted me with a statement refuting the above report and claiming they were the ones to initiate a lawsuit. 

From Griffith-Suisse: 

"It was Griffith Suisse Luxury Group who first initiated the lawsuit against Versace and eBay in 2008. Versace was alleged to have abused its VERO rights by instructing eBay to take down multiple of Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group’s listings even though they were evidently all authentic.  eBay took the listings down without the required NOIC (Notice of Claimed Infringement), clearly abetting the luxury brand’s attempt to control the market by removing goods without evidence or basis.  As a matter of fact, eBay has not been able to produce a single properly filled out NOIC document for any luxury items de-listed on Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group’s eBay account.  It is obvious that eBay has been making biased decisions in favor of the luxury brands at the detriment of it’s own sellers [sic]."

The company sent me a copy of the complaint filed with the Santa Clara County Court, urging me to verify it with the courts in California. The document is dated October 2011. 

Versace's four-and-a-half year legal battle and subsequent victory was initially reported by WWD, and then broadly covered by many other media outlets. 

I reached out to Versace for a comment on the victory back in May. Separately I also wrote to Susan Scafidi, a copyright lawyer who specializes in fashion law, for more context on whether this was, as some were claiming, a "landmark decision." I haven't heard back.]

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Anna Wintour, Terry Richardson, Marc Jacobs: What Were They Like As Kids? [Comics]

For anyone that prefers fashion celebrity to tabloid or mainstream celebrity, the appeal is twofold: 1) As shiny and beautiful as any reality star, Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs & co are also the public faces of a multibillion dollar global industry. Forget what you've heard: the fashion elite don't just stand there looking pretty, they do things. Important things. Like photographing models eating meat. 2) Celebrity is a distorted image. What we see of famous people isn't fake, it's just an out-of-proportion take on their personalities. But pairing a warped celebrity lens with a larger-than-life fashion persona? The result is magical fairy happiness laughter fireworks. 

Which is why I wanted to share a few installments of the fashion comic "When They Were Kids" which imagines outsize fashion personalities as wee little babes. I think we all need a laugh today, especially after viewing the Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 ad

Which, speaking of…

When They Were Kids - Marc Jacobs

via When They Were Kids

When They Were Kids

via When They Were Kids

When They Were Kids

When They Were Kids

When They Were Kids

via When They Were Kids

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Gatsby Breakout Elizabeth Debicki Literally Dwarfs the Competition in Christian Dior


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Elizabeth Debicki’s star is set to rise at light-speed thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s decadent 3D dazzle-fest The Great Gatsby, but it’s not only excessive theatrics (and an otherwise A-list cast) from which she’s managing to set herself apart.

For the Sydney leg of Gatsby’s premiere last week, Debicki wore a floral-skirted Christian Dior gown from the Spring 2013 collections. It’s not the first time the dress has appeared on a lanky Aussie blonde with a rapidly escalating career – Brisbane model Nicole Pollard was the one who wore it down the Dior runway last spring — and certainly a six-foot frame is a desired asset when you’re hoping to look this stunning.

Before Gatsby, Debicki’s acting career consisted only of a bit part in Stephan Elliott’s comedy A Few Best Men. With the stoic red carpet presence of Rooney Mara, the doe-eyed innocence of Sophie Lowe and the elfin balletic athleticism of Cate Blanchett, Debicki is fully equipped to be Australia’s next major export. And if her next role isn’t a 3D motion one, we can fully see her as the face of a big fragrance campaign. 

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The New Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Campaign is ‘Creepy’ (Forum Buzz)

The new Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 campaign is ‘creepy’ (Forum Buzz)

Edie Campbell and Lily McMenamy nabbed the new Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 ad campaign, which surfaced online yesterday. Both models already walked in the most recent Marc Jacobs runway show and the campaign was once again shot by photographer Juergen Teller. Forum members were neither wowed by the model cast nor the concept of the campaign. Responses to the first preview for the campaign were mostly negative:

“This picture is creeping me out. Not looking forward to seeing it in magazines and having a mini heart attack every time those two girls stare at me from the pages,” wrote TheItGirl.

kewkaw noted that the image looked “like a Scary Pajama Ad” and Cold found that “it looks like a teen depression campaign. Edie is really getting her sad on.”

“This is so bad I actually like it,” laughed jmrmartinho

Melancholybaby admitted, “With all these elements I should hate it, but it is strangely attractive. Eager to see more.” 

It is always hard to judge an entire campaign from just one preview, but I am certainly eager to see more of the campaign as well. If only to see if other shots might be less frightening and hopefully focus a little more on the collection itself rather than the unconventional look of the featured models.


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Recall: Asos Pulls Radioactive Belts


>Another dark side to contemporary manufacturing practices: US border patrol quarantined a shipment of Asos leather peplum belts after the attached metal studs tested positive for Cobolt-60, a radioactive isotope, The Guardian reports. 

The UK company has issued a worldwide recall of the item, which will cause injury if worn for more than 500 hours. 

The belts are said to be manufactured by an Indian supplier called Haq Manufacturing, which Asos has been working with for over a year, but the Guardian has not been able to verify that the contaminated belt matches any of the items available in Haq Manufacturing's product list. Asos is demanding £100,000 in damages from the supplier and has withheld £64,000 in payment to the Indian company, which has been forced to cancel orders for another trendy UK brand, Miss Selfridge, and close its factory for five months — 18 Indian workers are now out of work.  

According to an internal Asos report seen by The Guardian, the radioactivity was caused by the process for refining scrap metal. It reads in part:

 "Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence. India and the far east are large consumers of scrap metal for their home and foreign markets. During the refining process of these metals, orphaned radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time. This in turn [contaminates the process] and traps the radioactivity in the metal as an alloy or in suspension."

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