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Philip Armstrong wins payout over copyright breach

Fashion designer Philip Armstrong has won a legal battle against young fashion brand TFNC over the copy of a dress design.

A spokesman for Philip Armstrong said the court case went on for almost two years, but resulted in the judge finding the designs were “identical” and awarding five figures in damages.

“The dress was a Philip Armstrong piece that was also stocked nationwide in Harvey Nichols, so not only did Philip lose out on sales, so did the stockists, which in turn put strains on a professional relationship,” the spokesman added.

“The ruling for the company resulted in having piece of mind that any designs made are those of the designer, knowing that in future if other companies are to replicate items then legally we have support. A designer is an artist, their work deserves to be protected with the knowledge that replications are not acceptable.” 

In an email seen by Drapers, TFNC did not admit liability, but said it would no longer manufacture the dress in question and would attempt to retreive it from any stockists. The brand did not respond to requests for further comment.

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