Melania isn’t the one member of the Trump family accused of being a copycat.
Luxurious Italian shoe company Aquazzura has filed a lawsuit within the U.S. District Court in New York against Ivanka Trump, IT Assortment LLC and her manufacturing partners Marc Fisher Holdings LLC and M.B. Fisher LLC, alleging they copied a well-liked shoe design.
Melania has been extensively criticized Tuesday after her speech on the Republican Nationwide Convention in Cleveland Monday evening was discovered to incorporate verbatim phrases utilized by First Lady Michelle Obama when she addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
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The lawsuit against Ivanka Trump and companions claims the defendants infringed on Aquazzura’s fringed sandal the “Wild Thing” with the “Hettie,” additionally a fringed strappy shoe. Aquazzura’s Wild Thing is priced at $785 on Net-A-Porter; Ivanka Trump’s Hettie shoe is priced at $145 on Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.88%
“Seeking the same success Aquazzura experienced but with out having to place in the laborious artistic work, defendants resorted to knocking off plaintiff’s fashionable designs,” the lawsuit says. “Defendants have copied practically every element of plaintiff’s properly-recognized and coveted Wild Factor Shoe, from the form and silhouette to the fringe masking the toes, to the tassel on the heel.”
The Wild Factor can be sold at department stores together with Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, a Hudson’s Bay Co. retailer HBC, +3.61% along with Aquazzura’s own boutique.
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This isn’t the primary time Aquazzura claims Trump lifted a design from the company’s style guide. Aquazzura beforehand complained about other design similarities, after which “defendants ceased their sale of the Trump Necila.”
“Defendant M.B. Fisher LLC has filed swimsuit towards Aquazzura for a declaration of non-infringement relating to the Trump Teagin Pointy Toe Pump with Tassel,” the lawsuit says.
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Aquazzura has taken his case to the courtroom of public opinion, posting a aspect-by-facet comparability on Instagram with the rebuke, “Shame on you @ivankatrump! Imitation is just not essentially the most honest type of flattery. You need to know higher. Disgrace on you @ivankatrump! Imitation just isn't probably the most sincere form of flattery. #aquazzura #ivankatrump Happy with mine #madeinitaly #italiansdoitbetter 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
A submit shared by AQUAZZURA by Edgardo Osorio (@aquazzura) on Mar 4, 2016 at 5:30am PST
Aquazzura was founded in 2011 by Edgardo Osorio, who has beforehand labored for different high-end shoe manufacturers together with Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. SFER, -8.44% and Roberto Cavalli.
Neither Ivanka Trump nor Marc Fisher could be reached for remark.
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Tonya Garcia is a MarketWatch reporter masking retail and client-oriented companies. You can comply with her on Twitter @tgarcianyc. She is based in New York.