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Arcadia to contest AllSaints writ

Arcadia Group is contesting legal proceedings launched against it by AllSaints, which is claiming infringement of its design rights and trademark.

Arcadia – which owns womens-wear chains including Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins and menswear chains Topman and Burton – is understood to be vigorously defending the claims but the group declined to comment this week.

Men’s and women’s collections are cited in the writ and include AllSaints’ Dimitri dress, Neila dress, Other Flags T-shirt, Scarlatine dress, Claw Elastic boot, Dresden Jacket, Elia dress and Kansas dress.

AllSaints wants an injunction to stop alleged infringement of its rights and is asking for damages or an account of profits and costs.

AllSaints issued similar proceedings against high street retailer River Island (Drapers, November 28) last month.

All Saints chief executive Stephen Craig said at the time that he would “ferociously” protect design creativity at the retailer, which has consistently outperformed the market.

AllSaints’ investment in its design team enables it to create an edgy product offer that has hit the spot with customers.

For the year to January 31, 2010, the retailer’s sales are set to break through the £150m barrier, up from £104m the year before. EBITDA will be circa £25m, up from £12.4m.

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