It’s definitely not a good day for Yves Saint Laurent as French Shoe Designer Christian Louboutin is suing the brand for selling shoes with red soles that are very similar to its own. The law suit was filed today in New York and Louboutin is not only seeking a court injunction against the sale of the footwear but also a whooping one million dollars in damages!
Yves Saint Laurent has sold shoes with red soles in the past under names like Tribute, Palais and Woodstock at High-End Stores in Manhattan such as Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman who also carry Christian Louboutin shoes. The Telegraph writes, “Yves Saint Laurent’s spring 2011 collection features a pair of red suede shoes with matching red soles, which have prompted Louboutin to file court papers in New York suing them. The collection also features purple shoes with purple soles, navy with navy soles and green with green soles, but it’s the red soles that have sparked the legal action.”
Also, Christian Louboutin has been using the red sole logo since 1992 and the US patent and trademark office gave him the trademark for it in 2008 which makes it fair to say as a brand he has the right to take legal action. Nonetheless, I personally feel that his shoes are universally known and quite distinctive enough to prevent consumer confusion in the larger sense. So Fashion Angels, what do you think? Do you think he will win or is this a wasted effort from Christian Louboutin?