Legally Yours. YSL Sues Louboutin Over Signature Red Soles

May 24, 2011 • Blahnik Tonic, Fashion Blog, Legally Yours

The famously infamous red soles


Holy cow, what a a footwear fiasco! Yves Saint Laurent is reportedly suing Christian Louboutin for the rights to own the signature red soles that have made Loubs the icon they are today. The famed French fashion house says the shoemaker didn’t come up with the shiny red soles is has charged Louboutin with an a $1 million-plus trademark-infringement suit.

“Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ” YSL says in court papers.

YSL’s camp went on to say that Louboutin has been trying to create a monopoly over the crimson-bottomed look by stating the soles are “exclusive” in his trademark application. YSL claims this is despite the fact that the French fashion house has been selling shoes with the same red soles since the 1970’s “long before” Louboutin began. “As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women’s footwear, Mr. Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false,” the company claims.

YSL is also claiming that Louboutin is in the midst of an “anti-competitive campaign”, which includes bullying high-end retailers like Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus to pull YSL shoes off their shelves. As of today, reps for Louboutin have neither confirmed nor denied the claims.

-Alia Rajput

Article Source: The New York Post

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One Response to Legally Yours. YSL Sues Louboutin Over Signature Red Soles

  1. I believe it’s Louboutin doing the suing, not YSL.

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