After filing a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent for infringing on his trademark red soles, Christian Louboutin is now going after Carmen Steffens for the same exact thing. But unlike YSL, the Steffens is ready to throw down in court.
In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian company thinks it's "surprising that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any color. The tones are not the same, and, as catalogs dating from 1996 can prove, Carmen Steffens shoes contain soles of all colors, including red."
Their international development director, Gabriel Spaniol, added:
"We are ready to provide unassailable evidence that we have been using colored soles, especially red, before Mr. Christian Louboutin popularized his."
In the lawsuit filed on Thursday, Louboutin claims YSL's red shoes with red soles "are virtually identical to plaintiff's Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear."
While the shoes in question do look similar, we think Monsieur Louboutin is going to have a problem winning this one. YSL's red on red shoe is part of a larger collection that matches the color of the shoe with the sole.
The court papers also say Louboutin only noticed the alleged copycat in January, which is kinda funny since YSL's sold red sole shoes in the past.