Alexander McQueen's label has found itself in hot water with a famous motorcycle crew. Last week, the Hells Angels sued Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos.com over the sale of Alexander McQueen merchandise that boasted a winged skull logo and the Hells Angels’ trademarked name. Apparently, a big no no for the uber-exclusive, members-only motorcycle club (sounds a lot like the fashion world).
Now, insiders on the case are saying the club is settling with the luxury fashion house and the two retailers. The attorney who filed the trademark infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court for the Hells Angels, Fritz Clapp, said that all three companies have removed the offensive items—Alexander McQueen knuckle-duster rings, clutches, jacquard dress and pashmina, retailing for between $495 and $2,329, from their Web sites and stores.
Clapp said the companies also agreed on Tuesday to recall all merchandise that has already been sold and destroy it. While the Hells Angels also requested financial retribution based on profits earned by the merchandise, Clapp said there is currently no estimate on the exact number of items that were sold. Having used the marks since its inception in 1948, the Hells Angels offer the patches, clothing and jewelry bearing the mark to their members, and their members only. “They consider it quite exclusive,” Clapp said. “They consider themselves members, not someone who bought a $495 ring." It seems that all of the fashion world will do their best to remember that now.
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