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Aquazzura accuses Steve Madden of copyright infringement

Aquazzura has filed a lawsuit against US footwear brand Steve Madden, alleging copyright infringement.

The luxury Italian footwear firm filed the complaint in New York, arguing Steve Madden had released products that were ”nearly identical” to its Sexy Thing, Christy and Wild Thing styles.

Aquazzura said it had complained repeatedly to Steve Madden since 2013 and would not tolerate ”confusing imitations”.

“This is not the first time Aquazzura has filed a suit against a brand that uses its design. We will continue to fight and try to stop these actions. Authenticity and originality are at the core of our brand and we will defend them at all costs. We truly trust the law over the protection of these values,” said CEO Jean-Michel Vigneau.

The company has previously filed a trade dress infringement against shoe designer Ivanka Trump.

Steve Madden has not yet replied to Drapers’ request for a comment.

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