EU Probes Fashion Biz For Cross-Border Sales Restrictions

By Bryan Koenig (Jan 31, 2022, 8:07 pm EST) – European Union antitrust officials said on Monday that they are investigating fashion house Pierre Cardin and its largest European licensee, the German menswear company. Ahlers AG, for alleged cross-border balances restrictions.

The European Commission said Ahlers was the German apparel company hit by the so-called dawn raids (the commission prefers “unannounced inspections”) in June out of concern that EU antitrust laws were being violated.

Authorities added some color to these concerns in Monday’s announcement. They noted that Pierre Cardin licenses his brand for the fashion house’s products and that Ahlers, who describes himself as “a listed manufacturer of men’s fashion in Europe” and …

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