Earlier this week, Italian shoe designer Aquazzura took Ivanka Trump’s eponymous shoe line and its parent company Marc Fisher to court claiming that Trump knocked off every detail of its Wild Thing sandals.
Today, they have issued a statement explaining their reason for moving ahead:
“Aquazzura is a young company that puts our hearts and souls into our designs. We have brought this suit to protect the integrity of our designs, our hard work and to avoid consumers from being deceived. If a company is allowed to use designs that they did not create which consumers recognize as Aquazzura, then the original designs are compromised. We are confident that the law will not allow the type of copying that we have seen here.”
These claims should come as no surprise to Trump. Before filing the infringement charges, Aquazzura designer and founder Edgardo Osorio had been vocal against Trump and slamming her on social media with postings that said, “One of the most disturbing things in the fashion industry is when someone blatantly steals your copyright designs and doesn’t care. You should know better. Shame on you @ivankatrump! Imitation is NOT the most sincere form of flattery.”
Unfortunately for Aquazzura, Trump is not the first or last to knock off the Wild Thing style. They are also suing Steve Madden for their imitation of the high-heeled sandal and two other styles.