Mind the Gap

Charles Philip is a designer, a designer that loves stripes. Luckily, a lot of celebrities loves his stripes too. But now, clothing chain The Gap are in love with “his” stripes as well.

The red sole is to Louboutin, what stripes are for the brand  Charles Philip Shanghai, especially  known for their  loafers with a trademark stripped insole. Furious were they when they noticed The Gap copied the company’s designs.

The suit that Charles Philip filed, states that Gap is guilty of replicating multiple pairs of Philip’s loafers and even used a similar name for the shoe styles in question. Names like “Phillip Moccasin Slipper” and “Phillip Slipper” were stamped inside the insoles. They additional “l” in the “Phillip” does not justify it, according to Philip’s lawyer: “It’s more than one shoe… it’s the entire collection”.

This raises the ‘old’ question, like with Louboutin, can this be considered a trademark, or is it mere decoration that, conquesuently, anyone should be able to use?

To be continued…

Erwin Hauër

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