FASHION LAW: GUCCI TARGETED FOR COPYRIGHT JEWELRY DESIGN BY BIJULES
After making headlines just last week for coming out victorious in an Australian-based dispute, in which Guess Inc. filed two International Registrations Designating Australia for the G-Shine Mark that Gucci claimed fell under copyright infringement, Gucci faces another challenge.
This week, instead of playing the hunter, Gucci plays the hunted. New York-based jewelry brand Bijules, run by designer Jules Kim, has confirmed she will be taking legal action against the fashion house for copyright infringement. So where is all this fuss stemming from? After a successful S/S 2016 RTW collection debut during Milan Fashion Week, Gucci showcased nail ring designs similar to those at Bijules.
Kim commented, “While it is an honor to be knocked off by Gucci, they have all of the resources to create something unique; instead they went back to something that’s steadfast and iconic of my company and that is unjust. If Gucci sells those nail rings to stores, those stores are going to believe Gucci made them and not me, and that is not a fair statement.”
Kim further stated, “My goal is not…to make money, but I am responsible for protecting this piece. It’s a tap on Gucci’s shoulder than Creative Director Alessandro, who used to be the head of [accessories], is well aware of Bijules.”
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