Shoe designer Charles Philip is not feeling the love from Gap after he discovered the retailer is selling shoes similar to his for a fraction of the price, so he's suing.
In the lawsuit filed with the Los Angeles federal court, the Philip accuses Gap of copying his fancy footwork, specifically the entire Charles Philip Shanghai brand's trademark of "distinctive striped design on the inside of a shoe".
The court papers state:
"The defendant’s loafers contained a stamp…identifying the loafers as 'Phillip Moccasin Slipper' and 'Phillip Slipper.'"
Wow. Way to be discreet, Gap.
Philip is obviously upset by the retailer's blatant copycatting ways, saying:
"They’re using the same stripes, the same colors, the same kind of name. But we have a lot of attention to detail. They sell the shoes without [that]."
Charles is asking Gap to "cease manufacturing and selling" and wants all the money they made from selling their version of his shoes.
Sadly, the Gap has yet to say anything because according to their spokeswoman, Edie Kissko, "[they] do not comment on pending litigation.”
[Image courtesy of Charles Philip.]
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