A lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York that challenged the validity of Kering Eyewear’s ‘Made in Italy’ claims for its brands has been voluntarily dropped by the plaintiff, Selima Optique.
Kering Eyewear designs, develops and distributes eyewear for Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, McQ, Boucheron, Pomellato, Brioni, Tomas Maier, Christopher Kane and Puma.
Complaint voluntarily dropped by complainant
Kering said in a statement: “Selima Optique voluntarily dismissed a complaint it filed against Kering Eyewear and Kering with prejudice and without any payment from Kering Eyewear or Kering.”
Selina Optique filed the class action complaint in June at a court in Manhattan. The company, which at the time was a customer of Kering, claimed it “deliberately and falsely represented that their eyeglasses and sunglasses are ‘Made in Italy’,” after it received a package of Saint Laurent frames that were marked Made in Italy and Made in China.
Selima claimed in its suit that Kering falsely represents its eyewear as being made in Italy when “in truth, their products, or substantially all parts of their products, are made in China, and (at best) shipped to Italy for final assembly and packaging, and then exported.”
Kering Eyewear, which disputed the allegations, claimed it was a production and warehousing error, and confirmed that the case had been dropped with no payment made to Selima Optique.
The Made in China stamp was intended only for certain Puma sunwear that is produced in China, Kering Eyewear said.