Lawyers for Gucci scored a small victory in court on Wednesday while grilling GUESS CEO Paul Marciano.
When asked about his role in plotting a "massive scheme" with the company's footwear licensee Marc Fisher Footwear to knock off Gucci's design motifs, Marciano admitted to being "inspired" by the Italian fashion house's designs.
Referring to a GUESS bag with a diamond-logoed 'G' pattern, Marciano explained:
"This kind of pattern is common in the world of fashion and it’s not particular to Gucci. What I understand here, which is very frequent [in fashion], is an inspiration to create an original bag of G’s with the same components. That’s what design is."
Gucci's lawyer Louis Ederer also brought up the cease and desist letters Coach fired off the GUESS in 2004 for copying their C logo, but Marciano simply said they were influenced by "trends of the time".
GUESS' CEO ended the day of intense questioning by delivering his own zinger, telling Ederer:
"I think the lawsuit is wrong. I truly believe that if this is something Gucci was genuinely concerned with, they would have acted within days, everywhere. Are you telling me today that suddenly you realize what’s happened in 1995?"
See, we knew this courtroom battle was going to be good!
What do U think? Will GUESS' admission will help or hurt their case???
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