Designer Christian Louboutin signs an autograph at the grand opening of the new Christian Louboutin boutique on April 28, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)more pics » YSL Tribute pump with red sole
Christian Louboutin is suing YSL. He has put his red-soled foot down and wants the brand to quit copying his signature look. Now, most people would be up in arms about one designer brand ripping off another, but let's put the situation into context, shall we?
As we all know, Louboutin is famous for his unique red-soled shoes. From miles away, any fashionista worth her salt can spot a Louboutin. This season, YSL has launched its signature Tribute pump in red with a matching red sole. But before you decide a winner in the fight—there's more. The shoe in question accompanies a purple shoe with a purple sole, a green shoe with a green sole and so on. In a series of shoes with matching soles, we can't have one mis-matched! So, what if YSL wants to make a red shoe? Louboutin's lawyers say:
The defendants' use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff's Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear.
The YSL Tributes have a unique shape that we wouldn't confuse with a Louboutin, but we also stare at shoes for a living. What do you think? Does Louboutin have legal grounds for a fight or is this a bit petty?
Source: The Cut
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