Trademark: Louboutin vs YSL

Now this is a lawsuit that I will really love to work for, but really, really! Can you imagine how it would be to  represent Christian Louboutin against Yves Saint Laurent or vice versa? That will be the moment when I could  truly asses that I love to be a lawyer, a lawyer that defends shoes! My work would be much more fun, wink!

If you did not know, I am telling you: there is a “battle” between the two famous fashion houses because YSL have copied the label of Louboutin, his famous “red soles”. So, they are fighting for a color, for the red color? Well, apparently it is more than that and Louboutin told the French newspaper Libération: “I understand that, but it is a red in a specific context [in the way that], there is Ferrari red [and] Hermès orange. Even in the food industry, Cadbury recently won a lawsuit against Nestlé for using purple packaging. All this proves that the colours play a part in a brand’s identity. I’m not saying that red usually belongs to me – I repeat that this is about a precise red, used in a precise location.

Apart from my enthusiasm to work for a fashion house, I think this is a sad story. Louboutin himself mentioned that he had worked with Yves Saint Laurent and had great admiration for him and now the group PPR, who owns YSL, after making many proposals to buy Louboutin’s company in the past, all of which he turned down, unlawfully uses the trademark of the latter. What do you think?

I also wanted to tell you about Christian Louboutin Exhibition that opened yesterday, 1st of May, at the Design Museum in London. So, the lucky ones that live in London or tourists, you have the possibility to admire every stage of the design journey, “revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory.

I like so much these drawings that I wanted to photograph them from Vogue Austria for you. I understand little of what they are saying, but I had to buy the magazine on my trip to Vienna, for the photos, of course!

Source: Design Museum, Vogue

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nora says:

    This a tricky issues for sometimes the slightest detail could be subject of a suitlaw- I think it is called intellectual property. I love both Louboutin and YSL and I hope they will eventually settle their different. As for the chocolate – I prefer Nestle over Cadbury much more!!!

  2. I think it is sad and he definitely has a case. I do however love both brands. It’s too bad that YSL had to go there…

    And I would just love to see the exhibit. I have his book and look at it constantly. Such works of art! :) xoxo

  3. classiq says:

    I did not know this. It is really sad that YSL had to go there. This is what can happen when a fashion house becomes part of a group which is driven by profit more than anything else. The traditional values and brand identity are lost.
    Ada

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