Life isn’t perfect, not even in the world of the designers. Although quite few people hear about them, there are some lawsuits going on among the most well-known fashion houses of the world, and as always, both parties think that they are right.
Christian Louboutin and YSL
In this case the lawsuit is all about the sole. It is a well-known fact that the Louboutin shoes always have red soles, and last year YSL presented a collection that featured shoes with red soles. YSL claimed that it has been using that color for the sole since 1970. In August, a judge said that the color of the sole was not protected. Nonetheless the designer is still fighting, saying that this is personal for him.
Hermes and Thursday Friday
You can find the front side of the Hermes bag on a tote bag offered by Thursday Friday. Hermes didn’t think that the $35 item was a good idea, and now it is trying to sue the other company.
Thursday Friday claimed that the bag was protected because it doesn’t have the logo of Hermes and it is just a parody, the judge didn’t agree with this.
Tony Duquette and J. Crew
J. Crew has created a sweater with a leopard print and it named it Tony Duquette, after the famous interior designer.
According to the company this was meant to be a tribute, but Tony Duquette didn’t see it that way and sued the company for using the print and the name without permission. There had been a similar suit a couple of years ago against Michael Kors.
Balenciaga and Steve Madden
You may have heard that Balenciaga sued the company Steve Madden saying that it copied its Lego shoe that is a multicolored sandal. Little before this, Alexander McQueen said that Steve Madden copied the design of the Faithful bootie. Balenciaga and Steve Madden reached a settlement.
Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle
In this case the battle is for the number 22. Both of the clothing companies have used the same number, but Abercrombie & Fitch claims that they have been using it since 1922 and so it rightfully belongs to them. On the other hand the other company claims that Hollister used some other numbers as well, and so they can’t claim the number.
As you can see, the world of fashion is more than just complicated.
(photo credit: www.elle.com)