Christian Louboutin made an attempt to explain his two lawsuits against Yves Saint Laurent and Carmen Steffens this week.
The fancy footwear designer, who believes both labels are causing consumer confusion, said:
"I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardizing the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a colored sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognized as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."
If that's what you believe, monsieur, don't you think they'd be able to tell the difference? Have a little faith in your clientele!
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