The CFO of Marc Fisher, which licenses Ivanka Trump's shoe line, claims, "This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity"
Looks like the Donald isn’t the only Trump to face legal drama.
The fashion entrepreneur is being sued by Italian luxury shoe designer Aquazzura, who is accusing her of copying at least three of its shoe styles and calling them her own.
In addition to Trump, the lawsuit also names three companies who work closely with her, including manufacturer Marc Fisher, who licenses Trump’s shoe line.
In the lawsuit, the Italian shoe designer claims that Trump is guilty of “repeated infringement” and “deceptive trade practices” for allegedly copying “nearly every detail” of the design of Aquazzura’s popular red fringe sandal “Wild Thing” – advertised for $785 – to create her “Hettie” heel. Trump’s shoe is priced at the much lower cost of $145 at Bloomingdale’s department stores.
Matthew Burris, CFO of Marc Fisher, noted his frustration over Aquazzura’s accusations in a statement to BuzzFeed News, saying, “This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity.”
“The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands,” Fisher added. “The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim.”
Aquazzura previously complained to Trump’s daughter that the designs for two of her other shoes, “Teagin Pointy Toe Pump with Tassell” and “Necila,” were suspiciously similar to the Italian designer’s “Forever Marilyn” pumps and “Belgravia” sandal.
The court filings include photos of the three Aquazzura shoe designs in question next to Trump’s similar styles.
Before the lawsuit was officially filed, Aquazzura’s founding designer, Edgardo Osorio, addressed Trump’s alleged copycating in an Instagram post three months ago.
Although Osorio stated, “I have nothing against Ivanka Trump,” he did note his disapproval of similar incidents with other designers: “It’s not only her I plan to do the same with Steve Madden and other people who have ripped us off…. Sometimes I look at the buys in department stores, and I see copies of my shoes. We need to be harder with our retailers. They need to protect us. You can’t cannibalize one business with another.”