Urban Outfitters and Navajo Nation Finally Settle Infringement Battle

An old screenshot showing one of the Urban Outfitters "Navajo" items in question. The site no longer sells anything bearing the name "Navajo."

An old screenshot showing one of the Urban Outfitters “Navajo” items in question. The site no longer sells anything bearing the name “Navajo.”

Shoppers may be able to buy Navajo Nation-inspired merchandise at Urban Outfitters in the future, but this time around, the items will be the real deal.

Last week, the Navajo Nation and Urban Outfitters reached a settlement in the tribe’s four-year-old trademark infringement lawsuit against the South Philadelphia-based retailer.

While the terms of the settlement are undisclosed, a release stated that the parties entered into a supply and license agreement and plan to collaborate on authentic American Indian jewelry in the future, according to the Farmington Daily Times of New Mexico, where the case was decided.

Key word there is “authentic.” The tribe filed the lawsuit in 2012 after Urban Outfitters debuted a line of 21 items that were labeled “Navajo” or had Navajo-inspired designs. The infamous Navajo hipster panty, a Navajo print fabric-wrapped flask, and a peace treaty feather necklace (cringe, cringe, cringe), were all items that the Nation said damaged their government and commercial entities because they falsely suggested that the items were the product of the sovereign Navajo Nation.

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Pizzeria Vetri Going Square

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie

The Pizzeria Vetri that’s opening at the confluence of the Urban Outfitters brands at the King of Prussia Mall will be different than the other Pizzeria Vetri locations out there. It will be known as Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie and will specialize in pizza al taglio, Vetri’s take on the thicker, square traditional Roman pizzas. Additionally there will be a whole menu of Pizzeria Vetri’s rotolos, stuffed and rolled pizza dough, plus a selection of seasonal desserts.

The new menu will also include dessert pizzettes, including an apple pie crumble variation and a Southern-inspired gelato created in collaboration with chef Kevin Sbraga, exclusive to the King of Prussia location. The Pizzeria Square Pie will also offer wine and beer and will offer counter service and a seating area for 60 diners.

The Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie will be part of the Urban Outfitters destination at the mall, which will include an UO, Anthropologie and Free People. Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie is scheduled to open on Friday, October 14th.

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Urban Outfitters Bares All

The main corridor in Building 18, Anthropologie’s headquarters | Photograph by Christopher Leaman

The main corridor in Building 18, Anthropologie’s headquarters | Photograph by Christopher Leaman

America’s original naval shipyard is in Philadelphia, at the southern tip of the city, where the Schuylkill River meets the Delaware — 900 acres that were once a literal island, a teardrop of land floating at the bottom of the city like a dot on an exclamation point. Even after construction crews filled the back channel to glue the dot to the mainland, the Navy Yard remained an island in spirit and function, a city unto itself. Warships were built there. At the yard’s peak during the Second World War, nearly 60,000 craftspeople and laborers jammed together each day to make cruisers, destroyers, battleships and aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy, toiling in a waterfront cluster of hot, noisy, cavernous brick buildings, some of which were painted dull gray and shielded to prevent leaking light from revealing their location to enemy bombers. Sixteen percent of the employees were women, including hundreds of “girl welders” who climbed the towering scaffolds of the skeletal ships and manipulated steel with hacksaws and torches. Wrote one supervisor in 1943, “The dirt blackens their faces and eats into their pores; the fumes choke their throats and smart their eyes, but the girls can take it and they do.” Read more »

Pizzeria Vetri Makes Some Changes

New pizzas, new logos.

New pizzas, new logos.

Things are changing at Pizzeria Vetri.

Most importantly, their new seasonal specials have appeared for the summer. At the Rittenhouse location you can score the new Mais e Funghi pizza a Neapolitan pie with a corn crema base topped with charred corn and maitake mushrooms tossed in sherry vinegar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then finished with fresh herbs.. And at the Fairmount location you will find the Pomodoro with baby heirloom tomatoes, burrata, and basil. Get them while they’re hot, both locations will release new specials when fall rolls around.

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Urban Outfitters Just Tapped Local Designer for Exclusive Intimates Collection

Madalynne for Urban Outfitters

Bras for $49; Undies for $29; Bodysuit for $69. | Images via Urban Outfitters.

Want a good Cinderella story to ease your Monday blues? Maddie Flanigan is a South-Florida-native-turned-Philly-girl who runs all of the URBN brand blogs: Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Terrain and BHLDN. She’s a photographer, graphic designer and professional blogger—but that’s just her day job. On nights and weekends, she’s a master seamstress, crafting up the most gorgeous lingerie designs and hosting bra-making parties in her North Philly studio. Maddie turned her Urban Outfitters internship into a full-time dream gig, and her sewing hobby into an all-out lingerie collection that’s now available online and in over 50 Urban Outfitters stores. Read more »

Urban Outfitters Is Making Big Moves at the King of Prussia Mall

Many people don’t associate URBN’s brands with each other, but the company hopes to change that perception soon. This fall, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie and (wait for it) Pizzeria Vetri, URBN’s newest addition, will form a cluster within the King of Prussia Mall. This mall-within-a-mall will be more than just a bohemian girl’s haven; it’s a new concept for the company — and a bit of a gamble.  Read more »

10 Biggest Business Deals of 2015

Philadelphia businesses made plenty of big moves in 2015. Everybody’s favorite coffee roaster got a new owner, two big universities announced a merger, and virtually every hospital seems interested in joining forces with one another.

Still, one of the biggest deals of the year — Comcast’s $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable — stalled after federal regulators recommended blocking it.

But there were still plenty of monster deals in 2015. Here are the top 10:

1. Jefferson Merges with Abington. And Aria. And Philly U.

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For Jefferson, 2015 was a year of huge changes. After fundamentally restructuring how the organization is managed in 2014, Jefferson ended its financial partnership with Main Line Health and began pursuing new arrangements. Read more »

Why Urban Outfitters’ Stock Just Surged

Urban-Outfitters

Although retailers have been having a tough time in the stock market lately, Urban Outfitters‘ stock soared yesterday, ending the trading session at $22.29, up 5.69 percent.

The Philly-based hipster chic retailer that owns Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain filed a 10Q report after trading ended on Tuesday — and it showed that the company is poised to have a good fourth quarter. (Typically, the fourth quarter and Christmas season is where retailers make or break their year.) Read more »

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