Look! Only one eyelash!

Brief explanations of what happens during the trademark application process for the US and Canada.

To put it simplistically, the application is examined to ensure it meets formal requirements, and to make sure that the mark meets more substantive requirements: the major ones are that it can’t be confusing with an existing registered trademark or pending application and that it can’t be too descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive (being merely suggestive is okay, but you shouldn’t be allowed to claim exclusive rights over a common descriptor used in the industry). If the trademark meets this scrutiny, then it’s advertised (published in the trademark office’s journal) and parties with an objection have a limited window within which to oppose the application. (Standing to oppose an application is defined more broadly in Canada than in the United States, but in either country it involves the payment of money, so one typically isn’t inclined to oppose unless one has a commercial interest.) If no opposition is filed, then the trademark is allowed and is registered upon payment of further fees. To actually be registered, the trademark has to be in use, and specimens (not necessarily the actual products themselves) need to be filed to show that the trademark as applied for is being used.

And in other news, this link should work. But in case it doesn’t, it’s a press release announcing the Lily Chin Signature collection, dated June 11.

The yarns:

The six yarns in the premiere collection are named after Chin’s favorite neighborhoods in her native Manhattan: Tribeca, a mohair blend; Chelsea, a unique blend of merino wool, cotton, and acrylic; Nolita, a fun dusting of eyelash; Central Park, a wool blend boucle with a touch of stretch (Lycra); Gramercy, a super wash merino wool with a special twist; Greenwich Village, a mohair yarn with a twist of a lustrous stand of rayon.

Chelsea and Central Park sound like they could be interesting. Central Park sounds like… why, it sounds like it might be an alternative to Adrienne Vittadini Maria, a wool/acrylic/Lycra boucle blend that I always liked very much, but came in a rather limited colour range. Speaking of American designers, the press release also says this:

Chin’s debut marks the first time an American knitwear designer has created a line of fashion yarns under her own name. The highly anticipated collection will be available in yarn and needlework shops in the U.S. and Canada in August 2005.

I suppose that Vittadini doesn’t count as an American knitwear designer, because she’s a clothing and accessories designer, and she developed her name in Europe, I believe.

Edit: The LC website has been updated, so now you can see the yarn for yourself. That Central Park is no substitute for Maria. It also appears that generally speaking, LC’s colour palette and mine don’t really agree.

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10 Responses to Look! Only one eyelash!

  1. Carrie says:

    At least the colors are compatible throughout the range, which could make for some interesting textural combinations. But, I don’t understand the fascination with chartreuse and fuchsia. Those are two colors I was happy as hell to leave in the 80′s.

  2. Diana says:

    Hmmm, I’ll wait til I can see the yarns in person, but I think Central Park might make a nice cozy sweater, ala Big Sack or Banff. I still want a Big Sack and this time (knowing the sizing stuff) I’ll make the right size. :P

    The question is by wool blend with a touch of lycra do they mean wool, acrylic & lycra?

  3. Monica says:

    Thanks Jenna! Monica

  4. Ivete says:

    I head from those who saw the stuff at TNNA that LC’s yarn is pure junk, very craft-store like. But we may be huge yarn snobs. . . just maybe. ;o)

  5. j. says:

    No, wait, she’s Hungarian:

    What a strange website. (Lily Chin’s not listed.) I’ve read some bio somewhere that said she was raised in the US, but no information on her citizenship…

    … and from something I found cached by Google:

    Adrienne Vittadini was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1944. She studied at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and won a scholarship to apprentice with Louis Feraud in Paris, in 1965. After completing this, she moved to New York and launched her own label in 1979.

  6. Monica says:

    I read that presentation too. In the spring 2004 book it says “The brand name Adrienne Vittadini is synonumous with designs that thave a “Euro-American” point of view. Established in 1979… I cannot find anything about a designer person in the text following. Google did not help me either. Monica

  7. j. says:

    She is–the only bio I’ve ever read of her (and a very brief one, at that) is in the back of the AV knitting pattern books.

  8. Monica says:

    Is Adrienne Vittadini a person? I have tried to find info on “her” but no luck. Monica

  9. j. says:

    Nope, she’s British, as far as I know.

  10. monika says:

    Is Debbie Bliss not American? Where is she from?