During New York Fashion Week last week, Mansur Gavriel debuted its first shoe collection alongside its it-girl favorite bags. While many in the industry were excited to see this emerging brand make its way into new areas of market, one fellow designer was not so please.
Designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh of New York City, released a statement claiming that the brand’s duo design team, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, had copied Zadeh’s “hallmark mule and slide designs” and that the shoes were also in identical colors to Zadeh’s Spring 2015 collection.
When pressed about her accusations by Business of Fashion, she revealed that her store records show purchases from “Rachel Mansur dating March, April and May 2015, of the exact styles and colors in question, as well [as] an earlier purchase of Maryam Nassir Zadeh sandals from Floriana Gavriel in July 2014.” She cites this as evidence that the designers had access to her shoes and referenced them in their own line.
California-based graffiti artist group, Revok, Reyes and Steel, which consists of Jason Williams, Victor Chapa and Jeffrey Rubin, have sued Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. for copyright infringement. The artists claim that the fashion house copied their work and used it on clothing for the Just Cavalli line. The artwork the group believe Cavalli has infringed upon was on display in San Francisco’s Mission district in 2012.
The artists cite the Lanham Act which gives protection over artist work in their lawsuit and claim that by selling a “clothing and accessories collection in which every square inch of every piece (including clothing, bags, backpacks and shoes) was adorned with graffiti art,” Cavalli has violated the Lanham Act and thus has infringed on the artists’ copyright over their work.
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The claim filed by the group in the Central District Court of California, says that “[i]f this literal misappropriation is not bad enough, Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists,” by placing the Just Cavalli name over the artwork, attempting to incorporate it into the art.
The group has requested a discontinuation of the collection and are seeking damages as well.
I love fashion as is evident by my previous posts. I am also in my 3rd year of law school. My hope is to combine my love of fashion with my legal education and experience in my forthcoming career in fashion law! I decided to explore some of these new fashion law issues in my blog along with my posts about food, fun and fashion!