Just when we thought Gucci‘s copyright infringement lawsuit against Guess couldn’t get more ridiculous, it did.
To bring you up to speed, Gucci is suing Guess and its footwear manufacturer Marc Fisher Footwear for allegedly copying the “G” logo, diamond pattern, and triple stripe and for selling $221 million worth of Gucci-esque products. (They’re especially pissed about the sneakers shown below.) Of course, Guess’s CEO Paul Marciano denied the claims and told the court that he simply drew inspiration from Gucci.
Both companies were back in court yesterday, and former director of men’s product at Marc Fisher Paul Vando took the stand for cross-examination. He denied allegations of copying Gucci’s designs, but admitted to buying several shoes from Gucci for reference:
“I went to Gucci under the instruction of Marc Fisher. I also went to Ferragamo and Tod’s to purchase styles similar in nature [to any Gucci ones I may have bought]…A cap toe dress shoe, a drive moc, and maybe a loafer. I don’t know what [Fisher] wanted them for.”
Vando also told the court that he looked at items from nearly 100 brands, like Nike, Puma, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and D Squared.
Does anyone else buy Vando’s lame excuse? We certainly don’t.