War of the Rose(s) Colored Soles: Louboutin Sues YSL for Sole Infringement!

April 8, 2011 • Fashion

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Red soled Louboutins on the left VS. YSL's Tribtoos on the right.

Oh no! This is worse than Jill and Bethenny going to war! Christian Louboutin is seriously pissed. According to today's NY Post, the famed celeb-favored shoe brand sued rival Parisian design house Yves Saint Laurent yesterday for copying it's trademark red soles. C'est dommage.

Louboutin is seeking more than $1 million in damages for alleged trademark infringement and counterfeiting of his "instantly recognizable" feature, which can command more than $3,200 for a pair of peep-toe pumps.

Since introducing red-lacquered soles in 1992 (when he painted red nail polish on the black soles of a pair of women's shoes), Louboutin says his design has been embraced by fashion-conscious women who want "an alluring flash of red" at the bottom of their ensembles. While sales were slow at first in the United States, the suit says things kicked into gear during the last decade when "celebrity stylists began to dress their clients in Louboutin footwear."

Yet despite going to "enormous lengths to police the marketplace" for knockoffs, Louboutin says he learned in January that Yves Saint Laurent "had just begun selling women's shoes with red outsoles that are virtually identical" to his.

The suit cites four YSL models; Tribute, Tribtoo, Palais and Woodstock, that are being sold in the same high-end stores that sell Louboutins, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Personally I hope they can work this out as they are two of my absolute favorite shoes brands. Can't we all just get along?

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Source: NY Post

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