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AllSaints and River Island clash over design dispute

AllSaints chief executive Stephen Craig said he would “ferociously”protect the retailer’s creativity as the company issued a writ against high street retailer River Island.

AllSaints has issued proceedings against River Island Clothing Co, claiming infringement of its copyright, design rights and trademark in relation to a range of

clothing. The items in question are inmenswear and womenswear and include AllSaints’ True Love T-shirt, Post Noon leather jacket and Rosalind skirt.

AllSaints has claimed an injunction to stop infringement of its rights and is seeking damages or an account of profits and costs.

River Island has indicated its intention to defend the proceedings and is understood to be awaiting further details of the claim.

Craig said: “Our designers are at the heart of our business, and we will protect their creativity ferociously.”

AllSaints has outperformed the market with its directional product offer and has recorded high double-digit like-for-like growth for the year to date.” AllSaints is best known for its heavy investment in its design team, which is meant to give it a point of difference over the high street.

AllSaints has also written to an undisclosed number of high street retailers and intermediary suppliers in connection with AllSaints’ designs. To date, a number of designs have been taken off retailers’ shelves and confidential financial settlements have been agreed, it added.

It follows a spate of similar actions by fashion brands and retailers including Superdry and Cult owner Supergroup’s wholesale arm Laundry Athletics – which reached a settlement with Arcadia Group and Primark over the alleged copying of one of its leather jackets earlier this year.

River Island declined to comment.

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