French footwear designer Christian Louboutin is suing luxury label Yves Saint Laurent for alleged trademark infringement.
Louboutin, famed for his red-soled vertiginous creations, has claimed the French label is selling footwear from its collections called ‘Tribute’, ‘Woodstock’ and ‘Palais’ with red soles which are “virtually identical” to his own. A lawsuit filed at court in Manhattan is seeking a court injunction against the sale of the footwear in the US and claims damages of at least $1m (£611,000).
Louboutin introduced his trademark red soles in 1992 and they have since been featured on all the label’s luxury footwear. The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Louboutin a trademark for the red sole in 2008 according to the complaint.
In the document Louboutin said: “Defendants’ use of a red sole on their infringing footwear threatens to mislead the public, and has impaired plaintiffs’ ability to control their reputation.”