Victoria’s Secret Face Legal Action From Thomas Pink!
We all love the retailer Victoria’s Secret, but they’re being accused of infringement by Thomas Pink for using the word ‘Pink’.
In 2001, Victoria’s Secret launched their ‘PINK’ line which is aimed at young clients from about 18 to mid-twenties. It has a mixture of items from lingerie to beauty products. However, Thomas Pink claim that the brand has confused customers by using the name ‘PINK’. Well, who’d have though it?
“Thomas Pink is determined to protect the considerable investment that has been made into building the world’s leading luxury shirt brand,” said a spokesperson for Thomas Pink, which was founded in 1984 by three Irish brothers.
Luckily, Victoria’s Secret launched in the UK last year and now have a store in Westfield, Stratford as well as Bond Street. I guess the results of this lawsuit will be revealed as time goes on, although Victoria’s Secret aren’t having any of it and have already launched a judgement lawsuit for clarification purposes.
Fashion Lawsuits Broken Down
Although we all love our fashion, sometimes the law has to mix in with the brands and some messy situations can occur as a result. Let’s take a look at a few of the most vivid legal matters with popular fashion brands…
The first case that comes to mind is the battle between Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin. Last year, Christian Louboutin won his court case against YSL for selling red soles. The beloved red soles on Louboutin shoes are now trademarked unless the shoe is fully red… a bit weird right? Well, you can’t deny that the red soles have always been affiliated with Louboutin so I guess it’s only right that he got his way this time.
Next up is the lawsuit between Guess and Gucci. Although Guess is a very highly reputed company, I think this case is important because they went up against such a huge, luxury company like Gucci. Even so, Guess won the court case after a four-year battle about the similar logos Guess used on a line of shoes. A spokesperson for Gucci has commented that they “strongly disagree” with the decision and will make an appeal. Will it ever end?
It’s not just big fashion companies that get caught up in the legal side of things. Let’s not forget, when there’s high fashion, there’s also a lot of counterfeit products going around. In 2008, LVMH, the overarching company which houses brands such as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, sued online retailer, eBay for not doing enough to stop fake products circulating on their site. eBay had to cough up a whopping $60 million dollars a result!