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The red sole lawsuit between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent has finally come to a definitive end after 18 months of court dates, appeals, and media trash talk.
Earlier this week, Christian Louboutin lost a lawsuit to Zara, and was ordered to pay (a paltry) $3,600. The company didn’t have much to say about the loss, but have now released an official statement on the matter.
Catwalk Justice is our weekly column on fashion law, courtesy of Charles Colman of Charles Colman Law, PLLC and LAW OF FASHION. This week, an update on that Congressional hearing about the new design protection bill, a major victory for Crocs (which, ew) and a few good reasons not to put embarrassing pictures of celebrities you admire on the Internet.
In the long, painful saga that is Christian Louboutin‘s trademark infringement lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent, much has been said of the fact that cobblers had been making red soles centuries before Loubs started featuring them in the 1990s. But Valentino Garavani, the Italian couturier perhaps best known by his first name, used them as recently as the 80s — and no one really cared much then.
Yves Saint Laurent‘s legal team is fighting back against a lawsuit from Christian’s Louboutin, which claims that the French fashion house’s red-soled shoes infringe its trademark red-bottomed kicks. But to hear YSL tell it, Louboutin should never have been given that trademark in the first place.
Yves Saint Laurent is firing back against allegations that it stole Christian Louboutin‘s trademark red soles this spring. The French fashion house, which was sued by Louboutin earlier this year for selling a pair of red-soled shoes, says Louboutin didn’t invent red soles and therefore can’t prevent anyone else from making shoes that feature them.
Not only are red soles Christian Louboutin‘s signature — they’re also its trademark in the legal sense. Three years ago, the brand registered a trademark for its red soles with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Last week Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over its red-soled footwear, and it looks like the company is taking action against Brazilian shoemaker Carmen Steffens, too.
Every little fashionista knows that the sight of a red sole means one thing and one thing only: Christian Louboutin made these shoes. The designer’s trademark red soles are instantly recognizable, and at this point they’re almost as much of a logo as they are a trademark. So it’s understandable that the brand has gotten its lawyers involved with the folks at Yves Saint Laurent, who made a red suede shoe with a red sole this spring.