News you can use from around the fashion industry:

  • A legal battle has begun over a tiny plastic clasp, Rainbow Loom—a rubber-band jewelry-making kit that is a blockbuster seller this fall—sued rival Zenacon LLC, claiming it copied the "distinctive trade dress" of Rainbow Loom's "unique" C-shaped clips with its competing FunLoom product. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler is joining the board of Warby Parker, which hints that the company is ready to scale bigger with the potential to get Apple-sized. [Forbes]
  • Five Surprising Places Where Ecommerce Is Taking Off [Mashable]
  • Designers are working even harder to mimic their namesake wares in mass market collections [The Fashion Law]
  • US Textile Plants Return: American manufacturing has several advantages over outsourcing. Most striking are labor costs that aren’t much higher than overseas because the factories that survived the outsourcing wave have largely turned to automation and are employing far fewer workers. [The New York Times]