Alibaba Will No Longer Act on Notice & Take Down Requests from IP Agencies

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Alibaba Group Holding alleged on Thursday that several intellectual property (“IP”) firms have taken to filing unsubstantiated complaints against vendors on its e-commerce platforms. Hangzhou Wangwei Technology and a number of other native Chinese IP agencies – which are hired by businesses to help manage their IP, including their copyright, trademark, and patent rights – are, according to Alibaba, abusing of its system for reporting IP infringement. As a result, the Chinese e-commerce giant has said it will boycott these firms and their complaints.

Alibaba said on Thursday that claims by IP agencies hurt more than a million merchants on the Taobao platform in 2016, and its decision to not process claims from Hangzhou Wangwei and others was a result of an investigation that showed the firm had withdrawn over 60 percent of its complaints that since 2015 after counter-appeals from merchants.

The move comes on the heels of an array of damning developments for Alibaba, including lawsuits from Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and rival conglomerate, Kering. According to the suit that Gucci’s parent company, Kering, filed against Alibaba in May 2015 (its second suit against the Chinese giant): “The Alibaba defendants facilitate and encourage the sale of an enormous number of counterfeit products through their self-described ‘ecosystem,’ which provides manufacturers, sellers, and buyers of counterfeit goods with a marketplace for such goods, and provides online marketing, credit card processing, financing, and shipping services that effectuate the sale of the counterfeit products.”

LVMH filed a similar suit centering on Alibaba willful and knowing sale of counterfeit goods by Alibaba on its platforms and Amazon’s own growing counterfeit problem, paired with its users’ abuse of the comment/rating section. That matter was settled out of court.

Thereafter, Alibaba caused controversy when it was granted inclusion in the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, a non-profit organization devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. In response to its membership, a number of existing members, such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co., and Michael Kors, withdrew from the organization, and board members received an anonymous email threatening a mass defection unless Alibaba was pushed out; within a week of the Chinese company’s inclusion, its membership was suspended by the group.

And still yet, Alibaba’s TaoBao platform was highlighted in the Office of the United States Trade Representative's 2016 “Special 301” Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets report, an annual list that details which entities are most egregiously abusing the IP rights of others' on a worldwide basis.

An article from Alibaba's news site, Alizila, "Alibaba said it will continue to identify other possible offenders in the IPR claims area and look to support and protect the interests of legitimate merchants."

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CHANEL VERTICAL BI-COLOR CC FLAP BAG

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It’s that time of the year again when Chanel is releasing its one of-a-kind bags and we’re 100% sure that bagaholics in love with it! Ladies, without further ado, we are glad to introduce to you this new Chanel CC Flap Bag with vertical bi-color Motifs.

Looking a lot like love, this newest Chanel Flap Bag is a dream come true for it combined functionality and style at the same time. The usual cc clasp is not there but mind you, the CC logo is displayed in big font in interchanging white and light brown colors. The front is an easy giveaway that it is another Chanel flap bag thanks to its bold CC logo. It also has the usual interwoven chain link that is apparent on any Chanel flap bags.

Looking closer, it is quite obvious that this Vertical Bi-Color shied away from the usual diamond quilting or the chevron stitching and the clasp lock that we are all accustomed to. This bag in bi-color of white and light brown is such a breath of fresh air! It’s good to know that Chanel is experimenting with new bag designs and we are thrilled to share these with you.

Style code, sizes and prices is unknown, we will keep you updated once we know more.

UPDATE: Price around €3450 euro

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Bottega Veneta Rooster 2017 Charms Collection

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I know what you’re thinking, with Christmas barely over and we’ve yet to celebrate the New Year, here I am talking about new products for the Lunar New Year. Can’t be helped though, since CNY will happen on 28 January 2017, much earlier than previous years. Still, because my motto has always been #anyexcusetoshop, here are two new excuses from Bottega Veneta created specially for the Year of the Rooster.

Crafted out of soft crocodile and embossed with the symbolic rooster, there are at least 8 different colours (if not more) in all, and you can choose from either the key ring or the coin pouch, both of which can also be used as bag charms, which are ideal to jazz up your existing bags for the new year if you don’t intend to get a new one for CNY.

No word yet though on how much they will retail for, or if they are already available in Singapore for sale, so do expect an update or two soon. And with two more days to 2017, is it just me or did 2016 just zoom by in a flash?

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10 Handbag and Shopping Wishes Amanda Hopes are Granted in 2017

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BALENCIAGA PANIER BAG

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What’s the best way to end the year? Probably book a flight to an exotic tropical destination, working on a tan while sipping on an ice cold pina colada and towing a Balenciaga Panier Handbag in hand. Oh oh! We’re imagining the palm trees and scorching heat of the sun right now.

Made from the finest banana fiber, the Balenciaga Panier Handbag is perfect for your holiday destinations! The ideal get-away bag, this almost basket bag is a beauty to boot as you stroll along the seashore and listen to the waves make music.

The bag is especially made to cater to your lush tropical dreams. The handles are sturdy in brown color with a touch of green. There are also studs in the handle, adding a little bit of style to its tropical vibe balancing things out.

It also features two side locks for an added security. The bag is also spacious enough to hold your beach essentials such as your sun block, sun glasses, and book. It also has an inside pocket perfect for storing your bills and coins.

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Prices: $945 USD, €745 euro, £595 GBP,

Balenciaga Panier Bag
Size: Unknown
Prices: €845 euro, £725 GBP

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BOY CHANEL STRASS SMALL CLUTCH

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Already introduced and reintroduced several times, because the Chanel Small Clutch with Chain is designed in different versions. We’ve spotted this bag in diamond quilting, in boy diamond quilting and as well as in chevron quilting. Now the luxury fashion house re-releases the Boy Chanel Small Clutch with Chain in Strass.

You won’t see this often, strass is really rare. And this bag is all thanks to the Cruise 2017 Collection, which is a line inspired by the Cuba culture mixed with France.

Basically the Boy Chanel Strass Small Clutch with Chain is a mini evening bag, just like the WOC but not as roomy. This bag is adorned with the boy logo in the top center while the bottom is refined in multicolor strass.

Crafted from suede calfskin and lambskin, the top features two separate compartments and both can be accessed with a top zipper. The bag comes with long woven chain strap for shoulder carry as well as cross body.

This is just an affordable distinctive bag, grab it for Christmas. Style code A84069, measuring 3.9’ x 7.5’ x 1.6’ inches, priced at $2100 USD, €1990 euro, £1780 GBP, $15600 HKD, $2910 AUD, ¥243000 JPY, available via Chanel boutiques.

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